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How to test, know, and differentiate a true man of God who is still in alignment with God from a false agent

Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 1 John 4:1

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In Matthew 24 where Jesus narrated the signs of the end time, He started by saying, “Do not be deceived”. And in the eleventh verse, He said, “For many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many”.

The above scripture is explaining to us the impact of the ministry of false ‘men of God’ otherwise called false prophets/teachers in the church. Their ministry will cause many to be deceived; and they shall lead many astray.

With the priestly and prophetic ministry full of many men and women claiming to speak for God, one of the ways we can surely avoid being deceived is by figuring out who these men and women truly are. We must know how to ascertain if they truly are from God, or part of the deceptive tools of Satan.

Is it biblical to test and know the alignment and positioning of the pastors, apostles, prophets, and teachers who minister to us in the name of God? Is it acceptable to prove them true or false? O yes!!! Look at these scriptures.

Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 1 John 4:1

These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. Therefore, many of them believed; also, of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few. Acts 17:11

I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars… Revelation 2:2

Also, we must never forget the very words of Jesus, ‘they will arise and will deceive many’. This means that the deceivers will truly have success in their trade. But thanks be to God who has provided us with truth and wisdom which is able to steer us away from the deceptions of Satan. Therefore, it is up to us to decide if we will be part of the many who would end up being deceived.

I must say, these days it has become tough to figure out who is true and who is false, however, it is not impossible to know them.

One of the sure ways to survive on a battlefield is to be conscious of the enemy. The consciousness that an enemy can strike anytime, launch from anywhere, and is at close range will take away many foolishness, and set the mind on defensive and survival mode; this is true.

Similarly, in this Christian warfare and journey to heaven, we must be fully conscious that the deceivers are with us already. False teachers, fake men of God, old prophets are already with us; and they are many, very many.

This consciousness keeps me vigilant and in survival mode. And whenever I listen to those who claim to speak for God, instead of jumping up and down, I stay watchful, testing every utterance, trying every word, testing every spirit whether it be from God or of the enemy. I do this lest I be deceived and caused to lose my footing by those who are true apostles of darkness.

I was in a service in which a deceiver wanted to do his trade. A certain woman was there, and this fake man of God called her out as if she was in need of a Child. But just before he started his full trade, a toddler, the child of this same woman came out and held onto her mother.

And when he saw the toddler holding onto the woman, he asked if he was her child. And when she said yes, he instantly started another narrative. In that same gathering, the false man of God asked a family to bring 200 thousand Nigerian Naria for God to give them a male child.

It was crazy how that day went. But my pastor and many of the members were blind to the great error practiced by this false minister. In his next meeting, some women brought him gifts, and some knelt in honour of him.

Thinking about the event of that Sunday service, and how blinded those whom Jesus commanded to watch have become to the antics of Satan. I now realize the depth at which many believers have been deceived.

The church of Christ as it stands today has become blinded by empty godless deceptive and worthless charismatic activities. And because these things are empty and lack the support of God, the lives of men are not changed by them.

Christian, let no one mislead you by saying that you don’t need your senses in the worship of God. This is how they cause men to turn a blind eye to their wicked ways. If our brain is not needful, it would not be given to us by God.

The only area in which rationality must be kept aside is when God gives us a word of direction or an instruction. We must do it without putting it into second thought. But in every other thing we do in religion, be ye wise as the serpent, and be gentle as the dove; be on your guard always, lest you lose your crown and your reward.

Having built sufficient background for this discourse, we shall now look into how we can know the true servants of God.

1. know what is real and unreal

If you want to quickly know the source and alignment of preachers and acclaimed servants of God; you must first know and be acquainted with what is real and unreal. You must know what is true and false, what is genuine and ingenuine, and what Satan’s trade and the trade of God is.

When the heart and mind are calibrated on what is true and what is not, on what is of God and what is not; when we know what the bible says and what is erroneous to biblical truth, then we shall be quick to detect that which is not of the truth and is not an act God. Our minds and senses will work like an intelligent security system, detecting the presence of error.

If one desires to be a master in this test principle, one must show dedication and diligence in God’s word. Diligence in the word of God makes one exceptionally wise. And when you observe that what is been traded is not according to the word of God, or has been spoken against in God’s word, or is against the proven biblical doctrine and the sure ways of God, and if the psychology of the scriptures does condemn it, then most likely he is a deceiver who trades it.

2. By their FRUITS, you shall know them

Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Matthew 7:14-20

Jesus in this teaching was helping us not to get deceived. He reminded us that the fruit of the wicked is wickedness, and the fruit of the righteous is righteousness.

When the deeds of a man are unrighteous and unholy, he cannot be the seed of God who is holy and righteous. When he is an ardent sinner, a vile man, a reviler, a homosexual, a thieve, a fighter, an abuser, a worker of iniquity, a liar, a corrupt man, immoral and wicked, he cannot be a branch of God. For these things are not seen in God, they are the true works of Satan. we must not be afraid to question the alignment of any acclaimed man of God whose fruits are of Satan.

Another way we can look at this testing by fruits is by observing the ministerial fruits of the man of God. Look at his congregation, look at his ministerial work. If is he producing saints instead of rebels, if he is building a righteous house instead of a wicked house, then he could be true.

But if he is raising a den of thieves and agents of darkness, whose hearts wander far from the Lord, his ministerial fruits attest that he is not of God. If he was ever called, then he has lost alignment, he is serving himself and running his ministry without God.

3. By His teachings and preaching

Catching them through their teaching or preaching requires that you must have solid knowledge of the scripture and the doctrines of faith. And I am not talking about what you were taught, I mean the knowledge gathered when you took time to read and study the bible over the years, and what you have learnt in following the Lord.

A great man of God once said, ‘Take the bible and read it on your own, then you will learn the unadulterated truth that is devoid of the deceptiveness of men’s heart, then you can form your own philosophy of what is the truth.’

It is hard to deceive someone who is thoroughly acquainted with the truth. It is just like a menu or dish. If you have thoroughly mastered the menu, when a new item is added to it, it will instantly taste strange. Even if the new item is sweetened, yet one will take notice and say, ‘this is strange to me’.

So, I study the scripture from Revelations to Genesis every year since God instructed me to take my bible study serious, to study it every day. I have read the bible over 5 times, I’m on my sixth read as I write this.

It is extremely hard to misinterpret a scripture in order to manipulate and deceive someone like me. It is hard to quote strange scripture to me, it is hard to dish me doctrinous or dogmatic meal from hell, it is hard to feed me from the wells of a lying spirit. For my eyes have seen the truth, my heart is forged by it, and my ears are calibrated to tests it. I know instantly when a Decepticon speaks.

I have not seen a story like this, so I said to myself when a preacher explained a bible passage during his ministration in our church. Like the Christians of Thessalonica, I went home to search the scripture to know if his words were true. And just like I first thought, it was a strange meal after all. He was indeed misinterpreting the scripture to suit his message.

I have heard sacrilegious things from preachers and those who claim to be men of God. I have proved some as ignorant, proved some as unaligned, and proved some as false. The Holy Spirit immediately takes me to the passages that prove that they are liars.

Thus, I know for sure that believers who do not make quality time to know the Word of Truth and to find out the way of God through the scriptures will surely fall cheaply to the deceivers.

4. Where is his appetite, what is his zeal?

Missions is the sole aim of all Christian ministry, and all that God does on earth. Whether the Lord does Good or Bad, it is because He has set a day when all men shall stand before Him.

If any man claims to have been sent from God, the very desire of God has to be printed upon his heart and shown outwardly through his ministry and life, this is the sign that he ever met with God.

Thus observe, if eternity of the souls of men is not his first appetite, if doing the work of God is not his first zeal, question his alignment; he could be false, he could be old and backslidden.

If you see someone claim to be a servant whose appetite is money, pleasures of life, worldly gain, fame, and every other thing minus the soul of the dead, take great caution he is not representing the person of God and Christ.

5. Where does his Loyalty lie?

I was once invited to help officiate a church board election. Later I was informed that the assistant pastor who was originally part of the conducting team, was working hard to remove the financial secretary of the church. The reason for this mischief was that his senior wanted the financial secretary gone.

This is an example of a pastor who has loyalty towards his pastor and leader but has no fear and loyalty towards God. He decided to enter into iniquity and wickedness in the church to find favour before man.

Do you see a man who has loyalty towards men, but does not care about how God views his actions? Do you see a servant whose respect for men is so high that he has no respect for God’s word? He is not a man of God; reject him.

6. Does he have the backing of God?

God will always back His work; He will surely make proof of His anointed servants. When God stops backing a man, there will be so much mechanical energy put into ministry but very little visible result. This is one of the reasons prophetic declarations fail; God is not backing the prophet.

Thus, if you have noticed that God is not backing the ministry of a man, if it is full of many mechanical efforts, but little manifestation and signs from God, question his alignment.

It is the Lord that confirmeth the word of his servant, and performeth the counsel of his messengers; that saith to Jerusalem. Isaiah 44:26

Also, when a man of God says, ‘Thus says the Lord, this will happen and it does not happen or it turns out a lie’, he is not a man of God. When he says, I have this dream from the Lord or this vision and thus has the Lord spoken to me, be careful to observe if it comes to pass or not.

This is what I would do when men claim to be speaking from the Lord. I would pray to God and say, “Lord if You said this, prove it; if this is not from You, then prove it a lie.” When the church of today opens its eyes, it will begin to see those who truly speak from God and those who have come to deceive us.

I still vividly recall a pastor who claimed God spoke to Him. Then I lifted my hands and prayed, “Lord if it is You Who has said this, prove it true, else prove it a lie.” After 2 weeks the opposite event happened. He is a Liar and a false prophet.

If the prophet speaks in the LORD’s name but his prediction does not happen or come true, you will know that the LORD did not give that message. That prophet has spoken without my authority and need not be feared. Deuteronomy 18:22

7. A true man of God is of light and not of darkness.

God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5). The Lord who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light (I Timothy 6:16) is not of darkness, neither does He dwell therein. Therefore, any acclaimed man of God who is of darkness or whose soul dwells therein is not a man of God.

Those who are of darkness are agents of darkness. And their true master is Satan -the prince of the dark world. He is the bastardizer of the souls of men, and he rules the hearts of those whom he separates unto darkness, filling their hearts with utter evil. Be not deceived!

And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full. This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth. 1 John 1:5

8. You can enquire from God if you are confused

It is not in God’s interest for His people to be deceived and to dwell in the deceptions of His enemies. Therefore the Lord often comes to the rescue of His elects and to the salvation of those whom He delights in, to preserve them from destruction and damnation.

One of the things I have learned about God is that He answers the prayers of those who have the right motive, and more especially if they truly belong to Him. Therefore, if by all other means we cannot prove the alignment of these men, then let us come boldly into his presence to ask of Him. This method never fails.

The Lord will quickly respond, but to those who fear and trust in Him. For the secret things of God are for those who fear Him (Psalm 25:14).

If the Lord says the subject of our inquisition is a true servant of His or gives us a sign that shows it, then the man is of God. But if the response of the Lord is otherwise, be ye watchful, for it is impossible for God to lie.

I am from a denomination in which set-up churches are often allowed to elect and choose their pastors. It is good for Churches to enter into prayers to test and prove their choices, and to know if their choices are true men of God.

Finally, dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 1 John 4:1

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