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Brain Stopper No. 3: ‘What False Prophets?’

[This post is No. 3 in a series about "Brain Stoppers." Brain stoppers is my term for a variety of tactics NAR apostles and prophets use to get their followers to shut off their minds so they don't critically evaluate NAR teachings. See No. 1 and No. 2.]

Passing the buck

What do you get when you let a fox guard a hen house?

Dead chickens.

You may wonder what this old proverb has to do with the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) movement. Unfortunately, a lot. Let me explain.

In my last post, I pointed out the repeated warnings in the Bible about false prophets. The message is clear: There will be false prophets in the church, and there will be lots of them. So be on guard.

You would think that, given these warnings, Christians would be on high alert for false prophets. Sadly, this is not the case. Even those churches that talk the most about prophets and the gift of prophecy–the Pentecostal and charismatic churches–say very little about the need for discerning false prophets.

And what’s worse: many of the prophets in the NAR movement are actually telling their followers that they don’t need to worry about false prophets.

Imagine that!

Why don’t people need to worry about false prophets? Their answer: Because there just aren’t that many false prophets around. The following comment, from influential NAR prophet Bill Hamon, is typical.

Despite the occasional false prophet we encounter, we should not let the counterfeit keep us from receiving the genuine. … The percentage of false prophets is certainly much lower than the devil would have us believe. Out of the 600 pages of personal prophecy I have received over the years, only two were absolutely false, and perhaps were a person’s own opinion rather than God’s word to me. But I am more than willing to put up with the fraction of a percent that are bad in order to receive the overwhelming majority that are God-inspired.” (Prophets and Personal Prophecy, 128).

Pay close attention to Hamon’s words. He says false prophets’ appearances in the church are only “occasional,” and that the percentage of false prophecies given is only a “fraction of a percent.”

Wow. There is a marked difference between Hamon’s careless dismissal of the possibility of false prophets in contrast to the sober words of Jesus and the apostles.

Why would any church leader–and especially one who calls himself a prophet–attempt to downplay the threat of false prophets? If Hamon were a true prophet, then he would honor God’s Word–not dishonor it by contradicting its teachings about false prophets.

And a true prophet would show more concern for God’s people by warning them about the serious threat posed by false prophets.

There is no good explanation for why Hamon would encourage his followers to let down their guard.

That is unless this is a case of a fox guarding the hen house.

 

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13 Responses to “Brain Stopper No. 3: ‘What False Prophets?’”

  1. Slimjim Says:

    Thanks for sharing this article…I pray many will be better equipped in thinking about NAR and their false prophecies

  2. Marie Says:

    Thank-you for your article and please keep warning the saints day and night, just like Paul, the Apostle of Jesus Christ. I used to belong to a church that promoted this “river” or “vineyard” or “signs and wonder” movement….there are many names for this false fire form of religion. I want to warn everyone that this is a DANGEROUS movement and could very well kill your faith in the true Jesus Christ of our Holy Scriptures, for they will portray a false Jesus to those who are not reading and understanding the Bible according to God, the Holy Spirit who teaches us all truth. Jesus delivered me out of such a church who taught that they could receive extra special revelations from God (not found in the Bible), one prophesied over me after one of their religious services and her prophecy never came to pass; it was false. The woman associate pastor taught the children’s church during sermon time that we still have the capacity to “raise the dead” just like Jesus and the Apostles because of the Holy Spirit working in us. The whole spectacle they called church worshipped the works of man, glorified the works of man, and lived lives full of love of self……their motto, “People know that I am a Christian and want what I have.” I wonder if Jesus came to teach on any given Sunday in their religious institution, if they would embrace His words, or they would become so angry they would crucify Him all over again. I believe Jesus left organized religion a long time ago, but His ecclesia, or called out ones, the congregation that has no walls, but the living Christ is the Head, is still doing His work led by the Holy Spirit…..and they are few.

  3. pat Says:

    Marie, Thank you so much for that great testimony.

  4. Irma Alicea Says:

    Blessings!!! 
    Do I believe that God still speaks today,yes I do,but true so very true that to many call themselves prophets.Sad to say that one of the reasons people allow things to continue is because there is little teaching about the fear of God. We can teach discernment and that’s great,but where is the reverence and fear of God. I say that because to many people are AFFRAID of man and not fearful of God,cause too many have been taught that” you cannot  correct or say anything to the person preaching or teaching ” WE must be a people to hold each other accountable, and take a stand for truth.”yes” someone will say “I’m praying” and that’s perfect but what about the rest,we as a people off God must start speaking.

  5. wyn harter Says:

    DARKNESS HAS NEARLY COVERED THE LAND…REMEMBER JESUS WARNED US! WE HAVE A NATION THAT HAS CLOUDED HEARING AND SEEING, AND THE LIKES OF NAR IS THRIVING.  THEY SPEAK IN OBIOUS DECEPTION, AND IT SEEMS THAT FEWER AND FEWER ARE DISCERNING THE TRUTH.  ALL OF NEED TO BE PRAYING FERVENTLY FOR GOD’S FORGIVENESS FOR THE DENIAL OF HIS GLORIOUS NAME.

    “simply said”
    wyn 

  6. Jane Says:

    Of course the new prophets spouting new prophecies wouldn’t warn their congregation about false prophets.  If they did, the congregation would recognize all the tricks in their own pastor.  

  7. Jane Says:

    No, God’s book is finished and it represents all He wanted us to know.  If someone says, “God says….” and you can’t find it written in the Bible, then it’s not from God.  That’s how we test what people say…if what they say is not written the the Bible, they’re just blowing smoke.  That’s the lesson from the Bereans in Acts 17….test what every man says against the truth (Word of God).  

    So if you think God is speaking new things to people today…you can’t be a discerning person because you don’t have any way to test any man’s words…whether they are true or not.  

    I have a friend who believes these ‘new prophets’.  But I know she only believes them because it excites her….she has no way of knowing whether those prophecies are true or not, because she can’t compare them to God’s Word (she knows she won’t find those new prophet’s words in the Bible).  She just chooses to live in la-la land.

  8. Jean Says:

    Hallo Holly

    I have stumbled upon your blog in my search for guidelines on exposing false teachers. I am looking at a a very interesting man called Henry Wright. He author of book called “A more excellent way” in which he teaches that certain types of sin causes certain types of diseases. Do you have any subject matter on this teaching ?

  9. wyn harter Says:

    GO TO THE GAL 1 AND READ PAUL’S WARNINGS TO THOSE TEACHING ANOTHER GOSPEL, ANOTHER JESUS….ACCORDING TO PAUL, THEY ARE ACURSED…AN ANATHAMA!  WE SIMPLY GO TO THE GOD’S WORD, HIS TEACHING, TO UNDERSTAND WHO THESE PEOPLE ARE.  WE SHHOULDN’T BE SURPRISED SINCE OUR SAVIOR, JOHN, PETER, PAUL AND JUDEE WARNED US, SO WE WOULD BE PREPARED.

    IF WE WATCH AND LISTEN CLOSELY, WE CAN SEEN AND HEAR THEM,  THEY ARE HERE, THEY ARE PROMINENT AND MANY, MANY ARE FOLLOWING THEM.  THE LORD BLESS AND KEEP ALL OF YOU!

    “SIMPLY SAID”
    wyn harter

  10. admin Says:

    Hello Jean,

    I had not heard of Henry Wright before you brought him to my attention. After looking briefly at his Web site, I can say that he seems to be similar to many NAR prophets who claim they hold the divine “secrets” to health and well-being. Contrary to Wright’s claims, the Bible is not a book containing secrets for walking in perfect health. It is a misuse of Scripture to look for hidden “secrets” or treat it like a health manual. Human beings’ main problem is not poor physical health, but sin and our need for a Savior from our sin. The reason for our physical illnesses is because of the Fall, and we won’t be free of bondage to sickness and death until we die or get raptured and receive our resurrected bodies. I believe Wright’s focus is way off the focus of Scripture. I hope this helps.

    Holly

  11. Jean Says:

    Thanks for your reply Holly

    This man (henry Wright) has a big influence here where I live in South Africa. A number of counseling Ministries follows the priciples that he teaches and the people are “falling” for it. Even in the institutionalized churches this heresy-teaching is making inroads. I personally believe that people want to get away from God and their guilty consciences and this teaching now helps them to blame some-one else for their sin.
    Their sin’s become a “sickness” that can be blamed on their parents or grand-parents.
    This I also believe is the problem with Christian Psycollogy. Your sin are now portrayed as a condition and you (the sinner) are now a victim!
    It is really very sad to see this “great falling away” in full progress and people don’t want to listen. I have “lost” many friends because they refuse to “investigate” their erroneous beliefs.

    Keep on doing your GREAT work Holly
    Blessings
    Jean

  12. Brent Mills Says:

    Greetings Jean,
    I have just recently found this blog but am glad that you are searching. I understand exactly your concerns as we just left a church that is very much into the nar nonsense. It is a dangerous set of teachings that lead many astray. It was only when my wife and I decided to search just the scriptures that we saw the great divide between truth and what was taught.
     I understand the sorrow of losing friends but remember that in love you show them the doctrinal error in humility and meekness. We have lost all our so called friends which over 3 years had come to love greatly but trust our Lord and Saviour that he will open eyes and lead others to the safety of the bible alone and not what a so called apostle or prophet declares.

    Blessings
    Brent
    BC, Canada

  13. Jane Says:

    So Bill Hamon believes that…. “The percentage of false prophets is certainly much lower than the devil would have us believe.”  Really?  He thinks the devil wants people to think there are MANY false prophets out here?  In trying to confuse the people he shows himself confused.  It’s GOD that wants us to know there are many false prophets out there for Pete’s sake!  

    I conclude that Bill Hamon is a false prophet

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