I’ve gotta say, I’m ALMOST too disgusted to blog about this today… I received an email from one of the blogs I subscribe to, featuring a video of an ad for a money-grubber preacher who goes by Master Prophet Noel. This guy, who claims to be a believer/follower of Jesus, SELLS prophecies starting at $20! For $365 bucks you can get a 30 minute prophecy! (You can watch one of his ads in the video below.) Absolutely disgusting. His website even has a “prophecy store”…. What in the world is a “prophecy store” and how on earth do people actually get caught up in following a guy like this? A large part of the reason is because they don’t know the Scriptures or they don’t really know Christ.
I’ve commented before about what the Bible says concerning those God calls to teach and prophesy… Under the Old Covenant, God REQUIRED that those wise who teach the others NOT take monetary gifts from those they speak to lest their message become tainted (the way a bribe persuades someone to do whatever necessary to bring profit).
Exodus 23:8 – And thou shalt not receive gifts* (the Hebrew word for “gift” here means “donation, present, reward, payment” or even “bribe”); for gifts blind the eyes of the seeing, and corrupt just words.
Deuteronomy 16:19 – You shall not pervert judgment; you shall not respect persons, nor take a gift* (donation). For a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and perverts the words of the righteous.
- * The Hebrew word for “gift” in these passages (meaning “payment” or “donation”) is derived from the word that means “to hire”. It is, therefore, clear that the concept presented in these passages refers to the act of paying someone, either by wage, donation or bribe, as a reward for services rendered or information received. The point being that God has never had in mind that men should charge or become accustomed to taking money for sharing a message – He gave them – with others.
2 Timothy 3:1-2 – But know this, that in the last days grievous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, haughty, railers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy…
2 Timothy 3:5 – holding a form of godliness, but having denied the power thereof: from these also turn away.
It is important to note that the example Paul uses in the above passage is believed by most scholars to be a reference to the two Egyptian magicians that opposed Moses by IMMITATING the true prophet’s miracles! While Paul mentions their names in verse 8 of this section of Scripture, the names are not actually recorded elsewhere in Scripture, but do exist in other historical documents. It’s also interesting to note that several of the earliest writings of Christianity alternatively referred to them as the “sons of Balaam”. As you know, Baalam was the prophet who was tempted to alter his prophecy because of payment and so God gave him over to his greed!
God has NEVER favored those who claim to prophesy or preach for money! We can look at Scripture and see example of this over and over again.
Micah 3:9-12 – Hear this, you leaders of the house of Jacob, you rulers of the house of Israel, who despise justice and distort all that is right; who build Zion with bloodshed, and Jerusalem with wickedness. Her leaders judge for a bribe, her priests teach for a price, and her prophets tell fortunes for money. Yet they lean upon the LORD and say, “Is not the LORD among us? No disaster will come upon us.” Therefore because of you, Zion will be plowed like a field, Jerusalem will become a heap of rubble, the temple hill a mound overgrown with thickets.
Jeremiah 6:13-15 – For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them every one is given to covetousness; and from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely. They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace. Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I visit them they shall be cast down, saith the LORD.
Ezekiel 22:25-28 – There is a conspiracy of her prophets in the midst thereof, like a roaring lion ravening the prey; they have devoured souls; they have taken the treasure and precious things; they have made her many widows in the midst thereof. Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they showed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them. Her princes in the midst thereof are like wolves ravening the prey, to shed blood, and to destroy souls, to get dishonest gain. And her prophets have daubed them with untempered mortar, seeing vanity, and divining lies unto them, saying, Thus saith the Lord GOD, when the LORD hath not spoken.
Despite all the evidence from Scripture regarding God’s anger and disapproval concerning false prophets and preachers who charge money for their so-called “words from God”, still many people overlook the caution of Scripture and trust these deceived men and women in the pulpit. Some of the most common arguments I’ve heard from those who follow these kind of ministers say, “But I’ve seen many of their prophecies come true and they often work real miracles! Surely, if they were not sent from God, they could not do miracles and their prophecies wouldn’t come true… right?” WRONG! Scripture also reveals the true Word of God regarding false prophets whose prophecies sometimes come true…
Deuteronomy 13:1-5 – If a prophet, or one who foretells by dreams, appears among you and announces to you a miraculous sign or wonder, and if the sign or wonder of which he has spoken takes place, and he says, “Let us follow other gods” (gods you have not known) “and let us worship them,” you must not listen to the words of that prophet or dreamer. The LORD your God is testing you to find out whether you love him with all your heart and with all your soul. It is the LORD your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him. That prophet or dreamer must be put to death, because he preached rebellion against the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt and redeemed you from the land of slavery; he has tried to turn you from the way the LORD your God commanded you to follow. You must purge the evil from among you.
Keep in mind that “other gods” could be anything that occupies your worship… Money could be a “god”. Sex could be a “god”. Religion could be a “god”. If whatever sign that prophet or miracle worker does leads you to false doctrines and a different Jesus than the one we know, then it is the same!
Matthew 24:24 – For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
Mark 13:22 – For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall show signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.
Jesus also told us plainly that, at judgment, there would be those who boasted of the miracles they worked and the prophecies they told, but Jesus would say to them that He never knew them!
Matthew 7:15-23 – “Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves. You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit. A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire. Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions. Not everyone who calls out to Me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of My Father in heaven will enter. On judgment day many will say to Me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in Your name and cast out demons in Your name and performed many miracles in Your name.’ But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from Me, you who break God’s laws.'”
I realize that most of you already know these things and so I’m “preaching to the choir” in many ways. But perhaps there will be some who happen upon this page and stop to take a closer look at this issue and see that the devil is trying very hard to deceive. We must stay alert as these days grow darker. Hold on to the truth and to your freedom and joy in Jesus! Don’t believe these false prophets. Don’t fear them. Just leave them be and continue on in the truth!