Due to my growth & multiple changes in my worldview over the years, this post is considered “archived” and is offered here for historical purposes only. Opinions offered above may not necessarily reflect my current beliefs, though you're still more than welcome to participate in the comments, discussing anything from the post. Thank you for understanding.
The other day in a conversation with a vendor at work, the ministry of Kim Clement was recommended to me. After realizing it was a guy she was talking about, I remembered having seen him before on TBN. The five minutes of his show I watched were enough to determine that he was just another face in the personality cult that is popular Christianity.
Anyway, it was mentioned to me that he had prophesied that God was on the verge of something big and that the warm weather we’ve been having this month is a sign of it.
Ever curious, I hopped over to his Wikipedia entry (linked above). On it are listed a small handful of failed prophesy. That is very interesting to me.
You see, my Bible has a neat little passage in it tucked away at the end of the 18th chapter of Deuteronomy. It goes like this:
But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die. And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know when the Lord hath not spoken? When a prophet speaketh in the name of the Lord, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him. Verses 20-22
These prophets which speak presumptuously and fail to predict the future are contrasted with Jesus Christ, the Prophet like unto Moses (Deuteronomy 18:15-18).
But even the coming of Jesus didn’t end the coming of false prophets, for the Lord warns in no uncertain terms, “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves” (Matthew 7:15)! Don’t miss that verse, friends: false prophets are not going to stand out like a sore thumb! They are going to look like and act like sheep — like Christians!
John, that beloved apostle of the Lord, warns his fellow believers as well, “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1).
Let’s put those pieces together, from Moses, Jesus, and John:
- False prophets are unable to predict the future with 100% accuracy.
- False prophets will look like Christians.
- Christians are responsible for testing the words of every prophet, believing only those are proven to be of God.
Mr. Kim Clement has failed to predict the future with 100% accuracy. Regardless of anything else he says or does — regardless of whether he has had some success with prophesies or not — it is the Christian’s duty to reject him as a false prophet.
Like I said earlier, though, popular Christianity is a cult of personality. It is difficult to warn against such individuals because there are many people who take it as a personal insult to their own faith.
However, we worship Jesus Christ, He who is the Truth; there is no room for untruth in our beliefs or our devotions, no matter how emotionally attached we are to something or someone.
It is a serious matter to buy into the lies of a false prophet, however. Check out Jeremiah 14. In it you’ll find the Lord telling Jeremiah something, with him replying that the prophets have already told the people something different! Not only are the false prophets marked for death, but those who give credence to their prophesies are punished as well.
Never underestimate the value God places on truth, and certainly never hesitate to reject anyone who speaks falsely as a prophet of the Lord. As Christian television becomes more popular, more accessible, and a bigger cash cow, you can bet that false prophets are going to abound ever more.