|2 Corinthians 11:13-15 |
13 For these are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
14 And no wonder, for Satan transforms himself into an angel of light.
15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers are also transformed [masquerading] as ministers of righteousness;3 whose end will be according to their works. [Yet these self-appointed ministers of Satan are deceived to believe they are Christ's, even though the were not taught by the Lord's voice and light, not perfected by the Lord, not gifted with an authorized ministry, not sent by the Lord, and not speaking words from the Spirit of the Lord. They cause their followers to go to destruction and perish because they preach a false Jesus that excuses continuation of sin; thus they cause people to not hear the wonderful promises of the true gospel: release and freedom from even the desire to sin, union with God and Christ, and entrance in the kingdom of God, while on earth and then forever.]
3 It is the Lord who is supposed to appoint his preachers, teachers and evangelists, whose sole purpose is the perfection of the saints. Eph 4:11-12. It is the Lord who is supposed to send the workers to the fields of harvest, Mat 9:38, but today's ministers have not been appointed and sent; they are self-appointed, and as such they are not Christ's. Instead, they are Satan's ministers transformed to appear as ministers of righteousness, 2 Cor 11:14-15. Here are just a few tests of false prophets, ministers of Christ vs. ministers of Satan, who think themselves to ministers of Christ, even though Christ never called them, never trained them, never perfected them, never authorized them, and never gifted them with the ministry:
Does he preach perfection of the believer through faith in this life? If not, he is a minister of Satan. The Holy Spirit gifts are to some to be ministers: He Himself gave [mark!, a gift from Christ] some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, until we all come to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. Ephesians 4:11-13
Does the minister preach entrance into the Kingdom of Heaven, while on the earth, and then forever. If not, he is a minister of Satan; like the Pharisees, he does not enter and stands blocking the way, denying the possibility.
Does the minister ask for tithes, take up collections, or draw a salary. If so, he is a minister of Satan. He is following the ways of Balaam, covetous for gain, and condemned to blackest darkness. He violates the commands of Jesus, and the command of Peter, as supported by Paul.
Does the minister tell you that you are righteous, even when you are still sinning? If so, he is a minister of Satan; for He who says to the wicked, 'You are righteous;' him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him; Pro 24:24. If he claims to be a minister of Christ, and Christ has not sent him, this is what God says he will do to him: I will bring an everlasting reproach upon you, and perpetual shame, which shall never be forgotten, Jer 23:40.
Does he tell you that the all laws are dead. If so, he is a minister of lawlessness and unrighteousness, and he is a minister of Satan.
From the Word of the Lord within:
"Outside the faith, they are teaching an equilibrium between good and evil.
Those who follow the advice of these unpurified leaders, their life is like a bubble.
I refuse to answer them. We deliberately ignore those of great repute. The leader of their army is Lucifer.
These people are far from me, living in sin and teaching others the inevitability of sin until death."
Margaret Fox replied strongly to the ministers and teachers of corruption in her time, who taught that the entire law of God was cancelled and replaced by just believing in Jesus.
You, who are in your carnal apprehensions of God, are in the world without God. You are alive without the law, and have not come to know the law yet, and are dead in sins and trespasses. You, that live in pleasure, are dead while you live. You live unto sin and so are free from righteousness. The law which is holy, just, and good, shall cut you to pieces. You have not yet come to know the law, nor what is lawful, which everyone passes through before they come to know the liberty of the sons of God — which law cuts down all your carnal apprehensions of God. Oh you blasphemer, do you say there is no such thing as lawful and unlawful, godliness or ungodliness? Would you lay waste the scriptures and make void the righteous law of God which takes hold of the transgressor? Would you trample upon the blood of the new covenant and count it an unholy thing? Oh, the day of the vengeance is coming upon you. The Lord God is clothed with vengeance against you and all such as you are. You who sit at the table of devils are shut out from the liberty of the sons of God and know not the condition that Paul has passed through. When you know that, it will be death and destruction to you. This you shall eternally witness, before ever you come to know the living God.
For more understanding of the false prophets and ministers of Satan, see George Fox's excellent writing.