Dr. Charlie Bing echoed a warning from the Bible to watch out for “false prophets” – those people who say they have a direct message from God.
That especially rings true today, Bing said. He was one of several speakers at The Annual Mid-America Prophecy Conference sponsored by Bible Prophecy as Written Ministry in Tulsa last weekend.
Bing said Jesus, in the Sermon on the Mount, warned his followers that would come.
“A prophet is a God-appointed person who speaks new revelation directly from God which leads more people to follow God,” Bing said. “A false prophet is a self-appointed person who does not speak for God and who deceives people for nefarious reasons.
“I am not a prophet of God.”
False prophets are popping up all over the world and in America, Bing said.
Several Bible passages describe false prophets as “wolves in sheep’s clothing.”
“You can’t tell by just looking at them,” Bing said. “Just like you can’t tell someone is a Christian by just looking at them.”
Christians can spot false prophets, but you can’t always tell by their actions, Bing said. Sometimes evil people can do good works.
“Recognizing false prophets must come from something other than good works,” Bing said.
Instead, you must examine what they say.
“What’s on the inside eventually comes out,” Bing said. “Conduct can be deceiving. Words have to pass a test.”
A series of false prophets – David Koresh, who thought he was the “final prophet” and Jim Jones of the Jonestown massacre in Guyana are two examples – have made specific predictions about the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
The Bible says no one knows when that will happen and one of the Old Testament tests of a prophet was that all his predictions came true.
“To avoid being deceived, we need to know the Bible,” Bing said. “Resist the temptation to make prophetic revelations and to follow those who do.”
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