The Lord Jesus summed up His discourse on the End Times with an all-inclusive statement which forewarns believers that '...when you see all these things, know He is near, even right at the door'. [Math 24:33]. This is one of the most powerful verses in the Bible summing up a believer's ability to have 100% confidence that Christ is truly near in His virtual return. Today, 'all these things' are lined up as all final Bible prophecies for the End Times are spring-loaded to be quickly fulfilled at this inevitable time.
Christ's term 'all these things' directly refers to the many TOPICS which He had just finished talking about. One of those crucial KEY TOPICS is 'false prophets'. This topic is the prime focus of this prophetical letter.
Jesus repeatedly highlighted this aspect in the final generation's scenario emphasizing its vital importance to the body of Christ. He said that 'many false prophets will arise and will mislead many, even the elect, if it were possible.' [Math 24:24].
Yet today, and like the topic of 'Bible prophecy', the topic of 'false prophets' is literally UNMENTIONED amongst 99.9% of today's TV Christian ministers and popular Church leaders across America. NOT 1 WORD ABOUT THIS TOPIC is heard on the Christian TV Networks except maybe in passing.
If there are any books or teachings on this subject they have been completely thrown out of today's popular Christian culture, TV Christian networks and TV ministries in exchange for the 'Entertainment Tonight' worldly format seen dominating the TV religious airwaves. However, this does NOT IN ANY WAY change the crucial nature of this topic of 'false prophets' within today's End Times. In fact, it is more imperative than ever to bring this topic to the forefront within the Spirit-filled body of Christ.
At this time prophetically, since judgement begins with the household of God, then IT IS TIME NOW for a serious spotlight of truth to shine on the prime batch of false prophets mingling within the body of Christ today.
Namely: Kim Clement, Chuck Pierce, Rick Joyner, Bob Jones, Paul Keith Davis, Paul Cain, C. Peter Wagner and John Paul Jackson. These 8 are the most recognizable self-proclaimed 'prophets' today carousing amongst today's Evangelical TV airwaves and body of Christ who hold themselves up boldly as 'seers' and 'apostles' and 'prophets'.
Countless other ministers are also associated with or influenced by these 8 men and mostly fit into the exact same profile and criteria laid out in this letter. The website ElijahList.com by founder Steve Schultz is a prime place to locate the entire list of today's self-lableled 'prophets' and 'seers'.
As many will 'see' by God's word in this letter, these 8 self-proclaimed 'prophets' are, in fact, no prophets at all. But, they are total false prophets, completely. Plain and simple Whatever 'seeing' abilities they demonstrate are totally blind to today's MAJOR PROPHECIES shaped up today of which Jesus instructed His followers to be keenly on guard to watch for. All of these facts are detailed in depth here for the body of Christ's under- standing.
In fact, if their self-labeling of 'prophet' were stripped away, then at best, they would be immature believers with arrogance since they 'think more highly of themselves than they ought' [Roman 12:3] and whose 'prophecies' are mostly empty and grasping ramblings. Numerous other key requirements for God's true prophets are itemized specifically throughout this letter showing the obvious disqualifying of these 8 men as 'prophets' as they've boldly claimed for themselves.
From God's perspective and shown by His Word presented here, these 8 men fit precisely into the Lord's profiling of 'false prophets' who 'mislead' and fool the Spirit-filled Christians in today's End Times, God's very 'elect'.
The 'Bulls-Eye Profile' of God's true 5-Fold Ministers
What is written here will be new to some Christians and hard to accept for others regarding today's ministers and these 8 false prophets. Why? One reason was just mentioned. That is, today's lack of discussion in the body of Christ or from today's ministers themselves. Plus, the lack of knowledge amongst believers about Biblical requirements for God's true ministers opens the door for God's people to be fooled. [links, 2nd page]
Most assuredly, if God's people do not 'know' God's Word re- garding the actual 'bulls-eye profile' of a true leader of God, then how can the body of Christ be sure of any minister's qualifications? Or, the real status of any particular minister who holds himself up behind the pulpit? They can't.
In fact, today's lack of knowledge about Biblical Leadership Requirements has allowed today's Christian churches and TV ministries to become a total mess. Why? The root responsi-bility of today's spiritual condition falls NOT on the body of Christ, the sheep, since they are innocently following. But, it is the Shepherds who lead who are responsible for today's mess.
It is today's 5-Fold leaders themselves who over the last 30 years since the early 1980's have completely let their guard down when it comes to the high standards and strict require- ments set forth by God for His true bonafide ministers and leaders. The result today is what we see dominating the Christian TV programming which has become 'slop Christianity'.
Biblically, no other leadership type in the world carries as much responsibilities, strict requirements and high accountability directly to God Himself being the Judge, as do these 5 types of Biblical Leaders: Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor and Teacher. This is why the Bible calls these spiritual offices the 'high calling of God'. [Philippians 3:14, Ephes 4:11; Ephes 4:1].
Their responsibility of standing upright before God as His bona- fide and chosen Leaders PLUS their responsibility of 'over- seeing' God's people are their greatest commands. These 5 spiritual Leader types are more important to God's people and in the earth, than any other type of leader on earth including a king, a military commander, Prime minister, President, etc.
But, which of the 5-Fold Leaders carries the responsibility as a 'seer' to watch over and guard the camp of God's people? Even 'seeing' things in advance to help and lead God's people and even other leaders too? That would be the 'prophet'.
This brings us right back to today's mess in America within the Christian communities. As just emphasized, the 5-Fold leaders themselves, particularly the 'prophets', are accountable as being the 'root' cause on this matter.
This leads now to being even more specific about today's so-called 'prophets' in the Christian circles today in America.
Why is this important, to specifically name these men and to describe their patterns? So that the body of Christ will not be fooled and misdirected any longer by these 8 men, nor by any of their kind in the future.
And, so God's people can immediately begin grasping the clear requirements and qualifications in God's Word which frame the 'bulls-eye profile' of His true 5-Fold Leaders. Then, the body of Christ can recognize and sharply discern 'who's who?' stan-ding at the forefront in these End Times. This kind of sharp discernment in recognizing false prophets is vital today and was emphatically forewarned by the Lord Himself and the New Testament Apostles, over and over. [Math 24:4,11, 24]
A whole generation INDOCTRINATED today
The accurate prophetical overview just described is NOT heard from 99% of today's Christian ministers or TV ministries, if at all. In fact, today's so-called 'prophets' themselves have FAILED to publicly announce nor acknowledge the 'mess' specifically laid out in this letter. This is because they're blind to it and are part of the 'root' cause of it.
This is ironic and a massive failure on the part of these 8 men since they, as so-called 'prophets', are the prime 5-Fold ministry type responsible to 'see' it and then correct it in the House of God.
But, like the bulk of today's TV ministries and Church leaders in America, these 8 self-labeled 'seers' and 'prophets' are proven to be more concerned with their own status and self-serving nature rather than watching out for God's children as required of every true 5-Fold Leader as top priority.
Today's popularized TV ministers, Church Leaders and so-called 'prophets' themselves are actually responsible over the last 20-30 years now for having brought a great reproach upon the Lord. They've so misrepresented true Christlikeness and also have so twisted the proper order of things in God's House in America that they've virtually indoctrinated a whole generation to believe that what we're now watching on America's TV air- waves is 'true' Christianity and true Christlikeness.
But to the contrary, it is nowhere close to the true order and true Christlikeness shown clearly in the scriptures.
Some believers in America have understandably sat themselves on the sidelines and withdrawn from attending 'church' by recog- nizing the difficulty these days in finding any Church leaders to submit to who are truly Christlike, above reproach, and preaching the End Time truths under an anointing of power with signs and wonders following.
Yet, 99% of today's TV ministers and all so-called 'prophets', including these self-sent 8 false prophets, continue in exalting themselves and convincing believers with their elementary ser-mons, ear-tickling preaching and false prophecies.
Also, today's younger generation of about age 30 or younger have now become spiritually blind and worldly believers. Why? Because they've been indoctrinated their entire life to believe that the blind and worldly ministers and Church leaders seen dominating the TV religious programming in America for the last 20-30 years represents true Christianity, which it does not. By and large, the 'standard of excellence' emphasized by the Apostle Paul for God's people and leaders is nowhere to be found in America's Evangelical TV ministers and 'prophets'.
Worse, is today's TV 5-Fold ministers and 'prophets' including the 8 men above, have wrongfully labeled today's younger 30 year old followers as the 'new prophets' and 'ministers' in the body of Christ. This is exactly why we see in the churches today and on the Christian TV programming countless new converts to Christianity who, just like their mentors, already 'think more highly of themselves than they ought' and believing themselves to be 'prophets' and already 'in the ministry'.
This younger unsuspecting generation today can be seen playing their ungodly hip-hop, rap and heavy metal 'worship' music in churches and on the Evangelical TV programs every day. Again, today's blind 'prophets' and worldly TV ministries wholeheartedly applaude it, since it's their spiritual offspring.
However, scriptures are crystal clear that no man can take the first step into 'leadership' even as a 'deacon' in the church unless he is 'above reproach'. [1Timothy 3:10]. This strict requirement disqualifies countless TV preachers and Church leaders today in America from even taking a 'deacon' position, not to mention standing in the forefront as many unqualified men and women have done over the last 20-30 years. Still, the so-called 'prophets' we see today leave it all unchecked, being more focused on being exalted as 'prophets' and receiving the applause from God's people.
A Word by the Spirit to Believers in America:
A major example of today's self-serving Church Leaders, flashy TV ministries and failed 'prophets' is now occurring in America. Since the economic collapse 14 months ago in Mid-Sept '08 many of today's 'money-changer' TV Ministers and Church leaders are having their 'tables turned over' in losing their church buildings and even their congregations.
Why? Because many of America's Ministers, church Pastors and so-called 'prophets' have borrowed from the BANK over the last 20 years to 'buy or build a church' saying 'God told them to'.
However, God did NOT 'tell' them this as they claim. Why? Because it completely opposes His clear and fundamental word
NOT to have ANY 'borrowed debt'. [Deut 28:1-15; Prov 22:7; Rom 13:8].
Worse, is America's indebted-to-the-bank 5-Fold ministers and church leaders then placed that yoke and burden of their own wrongful DEBTS upon God's innocent children, the body of Christ, to pay it off ! This is scandalous on the parts of today's 'prophets' and ministers and is framed as a 'hireling' accor- ding to the Lord. One of their favorite phrases refers to that minister as 'good soil' to plant your tithes and offerings into. As it turns out, many 'money-changer' ministers are being exposed today as having been 'bad soil'.
Brothers-sisters, God is not mocked. More ministers in America will have 'their tables turned over' in 2010, being left with no 'church building', no congregation, but still left with huge existing BANK DEBT(s) attached to their name. Also, ministers with personal BANK DEBTS [for their homes, autos, toys, etc] will reap the same kind of consequences and difficulties.
Prophetically at this time in America, the Spirit of God intends to remind every believer NOT to engage in ANY more borrowing, at all. Do not be persuaded any longer by today's 'good soil' ministers and 'prophets' who push believers to 'give' while that same church leader or minister has BORROWED himself into BANK DEBT, even living lavishly.
Has God turned His back on His believers in America who made this error of BORROWING from the bank ? Absolutely not. But, the Spirit of God is intending for His people to learn RIGHT NOW from this error, and NOT repeat it. Repent from it, and move forward.
A prime example of today's arrogant and blind 'bad soil' preachers and false prophets who STILL CONTINUE to fleece the flock since Mid-Sept 2008, aired on TBN recently in 2009.
This Pastor boasted about stopping the BANK from repo- ssessing his church buildings because of his inability to pay back his massive 1st borrowed DEBT. How did he do it? He orchestrated a 2nd BANK DEBT. Again, this manipulator continues to disobey God's Word which instructs NOT to be 'enslaved to the lender' [Prov 22:7], and then worse, places his wrongful errors and huge burdens of DEBT upon God's innocent children to pay it off.
This is an exact example of what the Spirit of God is alerting His people now to watch for in today's hirelings. These blind 'money-changers' and hirelings who continue in these schemes will be accountable to God and be exposed in the days ahead as fleecers of the flock and wolves in sheep's clothing.
Here again, America's 5-Fold ministers and these 8 so-called 'prophets' themselves have failed to warn God's people of ANY of this, including God's clear Word which instructs NOT to engage in DEBT.
Instead, they have persisted in preaching their 'prosperity' message for the last 20 years while leaving out the required balance of 'obeying God's word' and 'seeking Him first'. [Math 6:33; Deut 28].
Their negligence, as 'prophets' and 'seers', has helped steer the great losses, confusion and trauma we see occurring un- necessarily today amongst God's people and families in America.
Only false prophets would be this blind and disobedient to God's clear Word and then boldly continue to misdirect the body of Christ in the same way.
Yet, America's Christian TV ministries and these 8 false prophets are STILL heard TODAY filling the body of Christ's ears with their same false prophecies saying 'This is the season of prosperity' and 'America's greatest prosperity is THIS year !'.
This is now proven as total false prophecy which these 8 men and countless other TV ministers and church Pastors have been delivering each year since about 2000. When it didn't happen in each year, these 8 false prophets simply re-applied their pitch to the next year, and the next, and right up through the summer of 2008.
Then, just months before the economic collapse in Mid-Sept 2008 Kim Clement stood boldly on TBN 'prophesying', 'There will be NO RECESSION!'. But, within months, America's biggest economic collapse since the Great Depression kicked in, proving AGAIN, Clement's and all of the other false prophets' major folly pertaining to this particular false 'prophecy'.
Today, after 14 months of economic turmoil with NO relief in sight for America, what can these 8 false prophets and countless other false prophetical voices amongst Evangelicals be heard 'prophesying' to America now?
Have they identified to God's people the error of 'borrowing into DEBT' as just mentioned? NO. Have you heard any of them from the TV airwaves announcing by the Spirit to 'NOT go into DEBT anymore!' ? NO. Have any of these 'prophets' given the true word of the Spirit in the last 14 months that 'Believers must learn from this mistake of 'borrowing', RE- PENT of it and NOT repeat it' ? NO.
TO THE CONTRARY.
In fact, what you're hearing for the last 14 months is the EXACT SAME 'prosperity' message except with their craftily-adjusted phraseology saying, AGAIN, that '2009 is the year God will restore what has been lost!'. Like always and as of this writing [ Nov '09 ] these 8 impostors are already re-applying their phoney 'prosperity coming to America' message to 2010, since it has clearly, again, not happened in 2009. These are complete false prophecies.
The ElijahList.com site shows Clement himself simply 'changed horses' right after the Sept '08 economic collapse with his 'new word' for America saying 'restoration is coming quickly to America in 2009!'. He also suggested that his 'No Reces-sion in 2008!' prophecy 'failed' because of unbelief and/or sin on the body of Christ's part from 'not believing the prophet'.
This is as desperate and manipulating as it comes. Why? Because it falsely accuses the brethren as being the blame for Clement's own failings and false prophecies. In fact, Clement's countless failed prophecies talked about here were not spoken by him 'conditionally'. But, were black and white unconditional forecasts under his prime guise as a 'prophet'.
Clement's recent implying that 'believers' might be faulted for his failed prophecies matches today's 'money-changers' who, after wrongfully going into DEBT, also cast their self-created financial burdens upon God's innocent people.
As the rest of this letter even more emphatically confirms with scriptures and facts, these 8 false prophets and other so-called 'prophets' promoted at the ElijahList have absolutely NO CLUE about what God is wanting to 'say or do' in America. This also pertains to the largest scope prophetically on the global scale, of which they are 100% blind to.
TOTAL BLINDNESS and FOLLY of today's 5-Fold Ministers and so-called 'prophets'
To epitomize the extreme blindness and lack of discernment of today's TV Ministries, Church leaders in America and these 8 false prophets themselves, I will mention 2 huge recent ministry failures in America. Both of these examples should remind the body of Christ of the EASE and MAGNITUDE which countless numbers of new converts, hirelings and religious hucksters have ALREADY entered into God's sheepfold TODAY, completely unchecked.
In contrasting these 2 examples it is good to look first at Paul's ministry when a so-called 'prophetess' was prophesying a totally accurate prophecy that 'these men are bond-servants of God and preaching the way of salvation.' [Acts 16:16-18]. No doubt, this 'prophetess' gained some applause and notoriety 'for many days' from the large crowds of believers. [Acts 16:18].
But, Paul's discernment was the exact opposite from the unsuspecting believers. Paul discerned the evil spirits within the lady and 'cast them out'. [Acts 16:17,18]. What a shock this must have been for the admiring crowd who deemed this woman within the body of Christ to be quite the 'prophetess'.
This exact scenario is occurring readily TODAY within the body of Christ as numerous so-called 'Christian Leaders' with evil spirits of divination, homosexuality and deceitful spirits are seen holding themselves up as God's 'Leaders'. Just like the demonized 'prophetess', many 'Christian' ministers today can 'prophesy', are talented in teaching God's Word, or Pastoring a mega-congregation and mesmerizing millions from the TV pulpits with their charisma and skills, yet some have evil spirits.
To be specific, simply because a minister is 'accurate' in his Bible teachings or his 'prophesying' or has gifts and miracles occurring in his international TV ministry, or pastors a mega-church, in NO way automatically makes him/her a 'true' man or woman of God. In fact, that person may be a false prophet alto- gether, even demonized, as Paul discerned within his ministry.
The same scenario in Paul's ministry is coming again in the next days. Bonafide anointed servants of God will be seen publicly casting demons out of popularized TV ministers and exalted Evangelical leaders who carry evil spirits yet have been standing in the forefront 'for many days' receiving the applause of the unsuspecting body of Christ.
A FIRST example of total spiritual blindness today in contrast to the Apostle Paul's powerful ministry occurred several years ago in America. This was when a top group of Evangelical Leaders had a demonized homosexual in front of them, Colorado mega-church Pastor Ted Haggard. Like the 'prophetess' who crept into Paul's ministry, Haggard wowed the crowds 'for many days' [Acts 16:18] with his superior Pastoring and teaching skills from the Bible. Haggard's track record was proven as a 'Christian' leader and his outward appearance was appealing. Yet, his inward homosexual nature was completely undiscerned.
At that time, what did the overseeing Evangelical ministers do? Did they discern the homosexual demon spirit like Paul did ? Did they cast it out like Paul did with the 'prophetess' ?
No. These blind leaders elected him as 'President' over 30 million believers. Only later when Haggard's sexual partner finally blew the whistle did these blind leaders finally gain understanding of their own blindness of Haggard's proven lifestyle for many years before. This is a huge example of today's blindess and lack of spiritual discernment in today's 5-Fold ministers and so-called 'prophets'.
I say all of this without any condemnation at all toward Haggard or the ministers who ordained him, but as a factual example to remind the body of Christ of the sharpened discernment required today greater than ever before. Keen discernment sees past the outward talents or charisma of a person and discerns his spiritual nature. Sharpened discernment coupled with knowledge of God's Word which identifies a bonafide 5-Fold Leader of God [or not] is what is required today so as to NOT be 'misled' as the Lord forewarned.
History is filled with powerful leaders, good and evil, who spoke with great confidence and great charisma, even doing some 'good' things here and there. But, in today's End Times and within the Christian body, there has never been such a need for laser-beam discernment by the Spirit of God 'to discern good and evil'. Even of those amongst us who might outwardly be doing various 'good' things in their lives, which is usually the case in our society. [Hebrews 5:14].
A second example deals with the 8 false prophets named above, the main band of self-sent false prophets amongst Evangelicals today. In contrast to the Apostle Paul, when they recently had a demonized alcoholic huckster [Todd Bentley] in front of them, did they discern it like the true prophet, Paul, and then cast it out?
Absolutely not. These blind hucksters endorsed him, laid hands on him and then sent Bentley out to minister with their full support as the next great evangelist amongst the body of Christ.
Only later in 2008 did these blind false prophets finally figure out their own folly when Bentley was exposed as an alcoholic and womanizer which quickly terminated Bentley's 'ministry' and his marriage. Bentley quickly re-married after his divorce.
To further this folly today, Rick Joyner, one of today's self-proclaimed 'apostles' who heartily endorsed Bentley, has written recent tiring ramblings expressing his current process of 'restoring' Bentley back to ministry. Peter Wagner also obviously deflects most all of his and the other 'prophets' own failure and blindness in endorsing Bentley.
Yet still, ALL of these 8 false prophets continue holding them- selves up as the mighty men of God and the 'apostles' and 'prophets' within the Evangelical world and circles, themselves being left completely undiscerned and unchecked by all other 5-Fold 'ministers' today.
In fact, ONLY blind and self-serving false prophets could possibly demonstrate this pattern of NOT discerning a demon, but actually endorsing that unqualified person, and then sending him out to minister in God's House amongst God's children. This resulted in the proven confusion and turmoil which followed amongst Christians and even exists today when the topic arises.
In fact, they have a track record of this. They've also done this with Paul Cain, an admitted alcoholic with homosexual tendencies and Bob Jones, another huckster who was reprimanded by the other 'prophets' for being an admitted luster and 'fondler' of women. Jones is still kept aboard as the active and hailed 'prophet-seer' and 'mentor' within their group.
Again, these 8 false prophets are directly opposing God's Word in 'keeping aboard' or even associating at all with other men of proven immoralities. Scriptures require a believer to 'avoid every brother who leads an unruly life' [2 Thess. 3:6] and to 'NOT associate with any so-called brother if he should be an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler, and not even to eat with such a one.'
[1 Cor 5:11]. Only self-serving false prophets would be found in these patterns of blindness, immoral associations and failed ministry standards.