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Do not be deceived, this is not how you know a genuine man of God. Learn How you are been deceived!

Concluding that a man is a true prophet of God because he gives out a lot of money in church service is like concluding that a genuine politician is one who gives arms and does charity in public.

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Men of God remain God’s major tool in building His church and His kingdom on earth. They have been mandated to lead, direct, teach and coordinate the body of Christ on earth; even Satan knows this. And having known the strong role Men of God play in Kingdom business, Satan majorly uses the priesthood office in defiling and destroying the work of God. Satan knows that if the servants of God are seduced, defiled and dead, it would become very easy for evil, sin and darkness to take foothold in the church of Christ.

There is so much to say concerning the activities of Satan against God using the very same office that was intended to be used by God alone. Using this wing of the church of Christ, Satan has done generations of harm, and dealt heavy blow to the kingdom of God.

Satan is not succeeding in sending millions of believers to hell because God has allowed him to succeed, but it is majorly because many believers are ignorant of the wiles of the enemy, especially through those who claim to be God’s servants. The truth is that in this matter, the church of God is not firmly equipped.

Therefore, inspired by the Spirit of judgement, I have taken it upon myself to educate the pilgrim on the very things that could make one misjudge fake apostles as true servants. There are things you just cannot see and conclude that one is a true man of God.

When the watchman sees the enemy coming, he sounds the alarm to warn the people. Then if those who hear the alarm refuse to take action, it is their own fault if they die. They heard the alarm but ignored it, so the responsibility is theirs. If they had listened to the warning, they could have saved their lives. -Ezekiel 33:3-5

You cannot know theme by their great speech and utterance

Having a strong ability in speech and utterance is a great asset. Many great and renowned men of God, both in the past and in the present are known for their great oratory abilities. But never you see fine and eloquent speaking resulting from great learning as a sign of being a true man of God.

Moses was not eloquent in speech, yet he was a true high prophet. Also, the disciples of Christ were not very schooled, and probably never had polished speaking. Nonetheless, they were powerful instruments of God. Take a look at the below scriptures.

When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished, and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. – Acts 4:13

Moses said to the Lord, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.”Exodus 4:10

It is good if he speaks nice and has great English. It is even better if he is an orator. But these things are not to be seen as a measure of who is true or false.

You don’t know them by their message

And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. 2 Corinthians 11:14

There is no way Satan can creep into the sheepfold and successfully deceive them if he appears as Satan, we must acknowledge this. He has to masquerade himself as an angel of light by doing, speaking, and acting as a true messenger. And immediately the eyes and light of curiousity stops searching him out, then will he strike like the serpent that he is.

Therefore, do not imagine that anyone who preaches righteousness and holiness, and calls on the name of the Lord is automatically an angel of God. Do not conclude that those who have the ability to present the scripture with dexterity are genuine.

Bishop Eddie L. Long who once was a pastor of over 25,000 congregation, whose books are littered over various Christian libraries, and who was a well-established TV preacher was accused by many of his former congregants of sodomy. And do you know, at the time that he was molesting the young boys, he was also preaching and teaching Jesus whom he knew not. NYTIMES

Ravi Zacharias was accused of sexual misconduct after he passed away. It was so bad that after investigations, his team apologized to the victims. He was engaged in this lewd and evil act against God although he was great in Christian apology and evangelistic ministry.

One time in a church I used to be part of, a retired minister was invited to preach. He preached on repentance, heaven and hell. I also remember him preaching greatly in our church when I was still a teenager. But you see, this minister is a murderer according to the revelation of God’s Spirit. He is an agent of darkness and was a wicked church politician during his ministry years.

His wicked lifestyle didn’t deter him from preaching the truth. What were we expecting him to preach? That Satan is God? Even those who worship satan in secret, on climbing the Christian pulpit, declare that Jesus is Lord, even though their hearts are far from Him. Beware! Do not be deceived.

You don’t know them by their giving or charity

One of the greatest deceitful schemes of Satan going on in Africa today is the act of using charity as a means to deceive believers. The deceivers can only succeed in an economy of ignorant believers.

Concluding that a man is a true prophet of God because he gives out a lot of money in church service is like concluding that a genuine politician is one who gives arms and does charity in public.

It is true the Bible says that our good deeds to people should be done in the secrete, but I do not desire to enter into this argument right now. I just want to point out that Satan is an old gamer and that there is no tool he will not deploy, there is no form or shape he will not take just to give him the much-needed penetration into the lives of believers in Christ.

Take note, I am not condemning the charitable deeds of these men in their churches, neither am I in any way calling out those who do these things as false teachers or prophets. Just remember that:

Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you.Matthew 24:4

You don’t know them by their testimonies

When we have reverential fear for God, it makes us run far from sin. I cannot ever think of climbing the pulpit area to say, “Thus says the Lord” when the Lord hath not spoken. This is out of great fear and dread of the God of the ancient. And sometimes we blindly would think other people would also have this fear for God, but no!

My Dad spoke of a man of God whom he invited for a ministration. A time came when he began to testify of the great things God had done through him. The people who heard rejoiced in awe of the great power of God. Just then, the Holy Spirit spoke to my dad, telling him that the stories were all lies. And my dad wept.

A deaconess told of a man who was invited to preach in a church. After the sermon, he raised a lot of money for the church. But when he was given his honorarium, he rejected it. Why did he reject it? The preacher said, “Do you guys know the kind of lies I told just to get this money?”

Many Christians of today are not after the true gospel of the kingdom. They very well like to be told ear-pumping stories and to be made happy. Whether the things hear are true they do not care to know.

Are testimonies of God’s power still real? Yes! God has not stopped doing mightily in our time. He is still a miracle-working God. What I am trying to say is that the heart of man is desperately wicked and deceitful. Do not listen to his testimonies and stories and conclude that he is a man of God. He could be lying and looking for a victim to victimize.

Sometimes, these testimonies made to make them seem as genuine could be true, but they could have also fallen away from God, making them old prophets. Therefore be ye shrewd as the serpent and innocent as the dove. For there is no length Satan cannot go in order to deceive us, especially if we are ignorant of his devices.

Never you be deceived by their dressing and appearance.

So, Samuel did what the LORD said and went to Bethlehem. And the elders of the town trembled at his coming, and said, “Do you come peaceably?” I Samuel 16:4

In the times of old, the prophets of God were not men of gorgeous apparel and men of great appearance. They lived in the mountains, far away from active socialization. On the mountains of self-seclusion, they spend a lot of time in seeking the face of God to know the will of God for the people. And whenever the prophets descend into the midst of the people, men tremble, and hearts are troubled because they cannot tell the purpose of the visitation, whether it be for bad or for good.

Now because these prophets had no need of active socializations, their appearance was ruddy and lacked much polishing. In those days it was easy to perceive a prophet by their appearance. This was how the Shunamite woman figured out Elisha.

And she said unto her husband, behold now, I perceive that this is a holy man of God, that passeth by us continually. 2Kings 4:9

In those days, some men who were not prophets also put on rough garments and appeared ruddy like the mountain dwellers. The false prophets dressed and appeared just like the true prophets of God, but their ultimate mission was to deceive the nation of Israel and to lead them far away from God. Take a look at this prophecy by Zecharia.

And it shall come to pass in that day, that the prophets shall be ashamed every one of his vision, when he hath prophesied; neither shall they wear a rough garment to deceive. Zechariah 13:4

From the later part of the scripture above, one can deduce the point I am trying to exact here. “…they wear rough garments to deceive.”

Now just as the scriptures say in Ecclesiastes 1:9, “…nothing is new under the sun.”, let us be very alert to know that the same thing that happened in the past is happening today.

There are clothings created specially for those who serve as priests or men of God. These clothing include white-collar shirts, Bishop neck shirts, Bishop suits etc. Others add a cross neck chain to their dressing, and the Catholic ministers put on white robes. Many denominations have specially decorated garments for their bishops and pastors. Christian, in judging who is true or false, let these things be far from your focus.

Another truth is this: today the priestly office is more financially capable than the former days. Men of God now dress in style today, and they put on rich and expensive wears. Even those who are very much new in ministry are looking to get some expensive clothing just to look good and nice for the eyes. Today you will easily hear things like, “You need to look like what you preach”, “If you are not blessed you cannot be a blessing to others”.

The standard of any generation becomes the tool of deception by those whose aim is to deceive. Today, the fake apostles also appear in great conditioning. They put on nice and costly suits and other goodies of fashion to appear to be the blessed of the Lord. And with this, they penetrate a crowd that believes that you judge a man of God who can bless them based on his great appearance and how rich they are. But the anointing does not reside in apparels, clothing, or in bank account.

I once had a conversation with a young man who believes that if a man of God is not greatly or richly dressed, he is not worth being listened to; because a man who is not blessed by God cannot bless him. We must bear in mind that the blessings of a man of God do not come as that of others.

Many servants of God are from humble beginnings, and by their years of labour will God enlarge their pockets. The Lord does not look at the wardrobe when he calls a man, and he that is called poor cannot immediately become rich; he has to put on what he has and can afford until he can do better. We must learn that the financial standing of Men has nothing to do with the anointing and grace they carry. If what the eyes see is your judgement of true apostles and servants of God, then you are already deceived.

Do not let large following deceive you

Finally, you must not be deceived by the large number of followers any preacher may have. Ever since the days of God’s mission work upon the earth, the genuine servants of God have never been widely accepted, especially in a vile and wicked generation. And ours is grossly wicked and evil. The more wicked a generation is, the less following a genuine servant of God will see.

In Acts 5:36, Theudas who was a deceiver was reported to gather about 400 followers. The number was much higher than the followers of Jesus despite that Jesus was true and Theudas was false.

This in no way means that those who have a large following are all false. No! But do not follow the crowd into error. Yes! One person can be right about a thing millions of persons are wrong about. To be safe you must look at it, test it, and judge it based on biblical standards before you jump at it.

And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen!

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