In my last blog, I revealed two of the many false prophets who alleged that God told them that Donald Trump would win re-election. I also witnessed the embarrassing “Holy Spirit laughter” that Kenneth Copeland performed for his followers.
Again, this was yet another embarrassment to God and His true followers.
So what happens when prophets get it wrong?
#1 – They blame the devil
The forces of evil were obviously too powerful to overcome. Apparently the angels from South America that Paula White summoned were hindered from getting here in time.
#2 – They say nothing
Admit no wrong or take responsibility for getting their predictions wrong or that they failed in actually hearing from God.
#3 – Lack of faith from their followers
This is another way to deflect the failure of their prophecies. Blame their followers and their lack of “sowing seeds” into their ministries to get the job done.
#4 – “I got it wrong but…that doesn’t make me a false prophet”
I don’t expect that most will admit they got it wrong but if they do , they will have a good explanation and a Bible reference to back them up.
Kris Vallotton, a senior associate leader at Bethel Church in Redding, California prophesied that Donald Trump would win re-election. He posted an apology on Instagram but then took it down when he believed the claims of election fraud. Initially he said, “I was wrong. I take full responsibility for being wrong. There’s no excuse for it. I think it doesn’t make me a false prophet, but it does actually create a credibility gap.”
Christianity Today wrote: “Mistakes in prophecy do not make everyone who’s mistaken a false prophet, any more than mistakes in teaching make everyone who’s mistaken a false teacher.”
Well that’s a convenient way for them to save face don’t you think? So a “false prophet” isn’t someone who said that God told them something when He didn’t? When was that definition changed?
A false prophet is a person who falsely claims the gift of prophecy or divine inspiration, or to speak for God, or who makes such claims for evil ends.
If they claim God said something that He didn’t then that makes them a false prophet. That’s not too difficult to define. The truth hurts just like the election results to most evangelicals.
Okay, so these folks got ONE prophecy wrong. Does that make them false prophets? They can’t be expected to be perfect right? Isn’t there a “three strikes rule” or something?
The problem is that these people aren’t prophets. They claim to be prophets because they want to be special as if they are some super spiritual leader just because they think they have the “gift” of prophecy. Being a prophet is a very serious thing and something that shouldn’t be taken lightly for popularity. When prophets got it wrong in the Old Testament days, it didn’t end well for them.
It seems very odd that I haven’t found anyone that actually predicted that Joe Biden would win the election. Some are still clinging to the idea that a supernatural event is going to happen and make their predictions that Trump with have a second term.
I once heard a preacher say that the enemy of the church isn’t the devil. The enemy of the church is pride. The Bible says that God resists the proud. These superstars are too full of pride to admit their were wrong or risk being accused of being a false prophet because of their false predictions.
I came from a church where I witnessed spiritual abuse. People claiming to hear from God when they didn’t. They were only trying to push some sort of religious agenda or manipulate the emotions of their congregations. I believe that there are prophets today. I just don’t think they have multi-million dollar ministries and fly their private jets around the world.
Chris Roseborough of Pirate Christian Radio has a YouTube channel called “Fighting for the Faith” and I found one of his recent videos that were spot on with this subject. You can view the video here.
Back in my past life, I used to watch these televangelist and even sipped on the koolaide myself. In fact, on the 700 Club I have seen their folks have prayers at the end of their programs and during the prayer they would share a “word of knowledge” where they would say something like “There is a man named Robert who is having pain in his kidneys right now but God is healing that right now.” And then they would finish this prayer with the magic phrase “in Jesus’ name”.
The Bible says that “for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14)
It’s time to stop the foolishness and trying to be God’s Superstar in Christianity. What the nation needs now is unity and hope, not division and even more reasons not to be a Christian.