Moses is one of the first Jewish leaders to warn Israel concerning false prophets. In the passage below, Moses provides a standard to determine if someone is speaking a message from God or simply presumptuously. Unfortunately, some so called prophets are influenced by arrogance, a brazen attitude or overconfidence. This lack of discipline results in false predictions, promises and statements.
When a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord and the thing does not happen or come true, that is the thing which the Lord has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him, Deuteronomy 18:22.
Since 1960, a Green New Deal has been proposed by a number of progressive candidates such as George McGovern, Al Gore and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The most recent proposal from AOC, drafted in December of 2018, included a warning that the United States would suffer irreversible coastal damage if environmental changes aren’t enacted soon. During a recent interview, the author of this latest Green New Deal proposal said “the Green New Deal is not primarily about addressing the climate crisis, but about replacing America’s capitalist economy with a more socialist one.”
For false Christs and false prophets will appear and they will provide great signs and wonders, so as to deceive, if possible, even the elect (God’s chosen ones). 25 Listen carefully, I have told you in advance, Matthew 24:24-25.
While Moses does not call presumptuous prophets liars, Jesus is more blunt in the New Testament. Anyone who gives inaccurate, false or misleading statements about God are called false prophets. Yet, the charisma of some of these individuals will cause many devout Christians to be deceived by what appears to be good intentions. This led the apostle Paul to urge believers to test everything you hear with the Bible, 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22. Thus, the next time you hear a statement that seems too good to be true, cross reference this with God’s Word so that you are not fooled by another form of false prophets.
by Jay Mankus