False prophets usually never intend to be false prophets. They are often believers with a God-given gift who have gotten off track. I describe how this happens and how we need to be more discerning in this video clip below. False prophets are not false because they prophesy “wrong” words. It’s usually a mixture of truth and error. This is why it is so difficult to discern because there’s always a portion that is true. It is our human spirit that joins with God’s Holy Spirit that determines the amount of blessing, truth, and anointing on a word. If we are wounded, bitter, or insecure as prophetic voices, it will affect the words we speak. This is what God was referring to in Ezekiel 13:1-3:
The word of the LORD came to me: “Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel who are now prophesying. Say to those who prophesy out of their own imagination: ‘Hear the word of the LORD! This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Woe to the foolish prophets who follow their own spirit and have seen nothing! (NIV)
If we want to claim to speak for God, it is our responsibility to cleanse our hearts and minds to be free of anything that would defile God’s truth. In Hebrews 12:15 we are told, “See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many (NIV).”
Just as many truly anointed prophetic voices are rising up today, so there are many false ones who are simply following their own spirit instead of God’s. We need to discern this as believers – not to judge the individual, but to judge the word for its veracity and integrity (1 Corinthians 5:12, 1 Corinthians 10:15).
Watch the clip to learn more…