The greatest false prophet of all was Satan, who convinced Adam and Eve that disobeying God would not harm them. Christ represents all that is good and holy, therefore those who are evil will try to wear Christianity as a mask. They will come to you as harmless and innocent, but their true intentions ravage your soul. How will we know who these people are? They will contradict Christ. Those who profess any other way but Christ are false. Mohammad, the founder of Islam, taught that Christ never died, that He never suffered on the cross, and that He never rose from the dead. These were lies! And, they produced evil hearts in men, some who persecute and kill Christians to this day. However, worse than that, his teachings have condemned the souls of those who accept them! In today’s world there are many lies about Jesus, and these too bear bad fruit– hatred toward those who hold true to God’s Word. False prophets tell people what they want to hear, not what Christ wants them to know. That which produces bad fruit will face the judgment of God. Here are some other lies false prophets tell:
When the water in the skin was gone, she put the child under one of the bushes. In the shade, out of the heat, and also that she would not have to see him suffer. We know they were at a desperate point, because she said “Let me not look on the death of the child.” God heard the cries of Ishmael, and again provided for him and Hagar, as he had promised Abraham. God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water. And God was with the boy, and he grew up. We do not know who Ishmael worshipped as God. God provided for him, as promised, but Psalm 83 lists his descendants, the Ishamelites, among those who worship idols. He lived in the wilderness and became an expert with the bow. He lived in the wilderness of Paran, . The Lord told Hagar that Ishamel would be a wild man. and his mother took a wife for him from the land of Egypt and likewise introduce him to false gods. Though God had saved her, it is not professed that she converted or worshiped only Him.
False teachers and prophets manipulate and charm, just like Satan. They mislead and deceive, even deny Jesus was the Son of God. Such a man was Muhammad, who claimed the Word of God was distorted, and denied Jesus was the Son of God. Millions are mislead by this falsification. Today, false teachers and prophets deny there is eternal punishment, deny that there are sins, and deny a need for a savior. Many practice hate under the guise of Christianity- this is nothing new. Emperor Nero blamed the devastating fires of Rome on Christians. God will hold such people in judgment, but He will rescue the godly from this destruction. They are liars, charmers, sinners, and hate the Way of truth, promising “freedom” but only giving slavery to sin. Self-proclaimed modern “civil rights activists” promote sexual sin in homosexuality, and even create their own churches which ignore the Word of God! This is no new venture. Peter’s words are evidence that churches were being corrupted 2000 years ago. The enemies of Jesus continue to come and go, but true freedom is in Christ, where we are free from sin! They lead people back to the sinful ways of the world, away from Jesus, and these people would have been better had they not know the truth. But in knowing the truth and turning from it, they have clearly renounced grace. But God is merciful! We must pray for all the false teachers and prophets, and those who have followed them, that they find Jesus.