Christianity- the religion of people with a common belief in Jesus
Christ- is saddled with unbelievable diversities to the point of
bewilderment. Whilst the WORD is ONE, understanding differs at various
levels and the teachers are as many as the interpretations. There are
numerous people today who profess they had a calling to do the work of
God. In their zeal, they enroll to take up theological courses or
establish their own religious groups in order to live by their
conviction. But are these claims of spiritual anointing by the ‘Men of
God’ real? There is good reason to say, No! Otherwise the Lord would
not have exalted us in Matthew 24:4-5 ‘And Jesus answered and said unto
them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name,
saying, I am Christ and shall deceive many’. Matthew 24:11 ‘And many
false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many’.
The character of the false prophet is laid bare in the teaching of
Jesus Christ in Matthew 23. Verses 4-7 pinpoint thus, For they bind
heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders;
but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. But
all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their
phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, and love the
uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, and
greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi. A very
elaborate description is further given in Matter 23:11-33.
It is noteworthy that the temptation of Jesus Christ on His victorious
return from the Wilderness is a more direct means of appreciating the
use of spiritual gifts given by God in the service of humanity. The true
man of God cannot claim ignorance of spiritual gifts and the laws
regarding how they should be used. But this gift is explainable only to
the point that it originates from God but the individual must work for
it through love, forgiveness, service and diligence. It is not for just
anybody by mere proclamation. We reap what we sow.
The first temptation is about changing stone to bread. Simply put,
spiritual gifts should not be used selfishly. That is to say that the
true man of God will not seek to derive personal gain from the use of
the spiritual gift in the service of humanity. He will not benefit from
its use. Period! Similarly, he can heal others but he cannot use the
power to heal himself.
The second temptation was about Jesus Christ casting Himself from the
pinnacle of the temple. This clearly refers to the spiritual law that
the true man of God shall not make a public show of spiritual powers. In
Matthew 24:24, we are cautioned thus, For there shall arise false
Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders.
Similarly, in Matthew 16:4 the Lord chastised the open display or public
show of miracles in response to the demand of the Pharisees for a sign
from heaven thus, A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a
sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the
The third temptation is a combination of the previous two with emphasis
on how not to trade spiritual gifts for material things of this world.
The true man of God does not seek to amass worldly things but lives in
moderation. His spirit, soul and body see spiritually beyond the
physical things. At that level he knows that the material things are
reflections of the essence behind them and under no circumstance will he
opt for the shadow instead of the substance.
The false prophet knows little about these spiritual laws and basks in
the fleeting delusion of materiality and self-aggrandizement. It gets
worse when the spiritual powers are not developed from within – the
essence of Christianity. When borrowed from elementals and unseen
forces, the false prophet has gone into a dangerous pact. These forces
will do anything the false prophet demands on earth – Money? Houses?
Passports and Visas? Spouses? Jobs? Charms? Just name it. For sure it
will manifest – be it in a church room, consultation room, or wherever.
But there is a great danger after the death of the false prophet.
Depending on the nature of the pact, the unseen forces who served him
whilst he was at his best on earth will now demand their pound of flesh-
demanding and seizing the spirit of the poor false prophet to serve
them. This action is an anomaly in the spiritual life of the dead. It is
no fun because he will serve more than he was served and under more
severe conditions. Mind you, death does not end it all. The unseen world
of the earth planet in which the dead lives is more vibrant than the
physical one here. Until our spiritual eyes are open we will have eyes
but cannot see, have ears but cannot hear.
The true man of God develops the spiritual powers from within through
love, service, forgiveness, diligence, and bearing the fruits of the
spirit. Our Lord castigates such false prophets with the declaration
that he does not know them even though they perform miracles and wonders
in His name. Why? Because they have not developed their spiritual body –
the power from within – and live by plagiarized spiritual powers. They
cannot fly (like others who did not develop the spiritual body) and
meet Him on His final return.
Why will some people fall prey to false prophets and ‘men of God’? It
is all about levels of individual growth and development. Their being
victims is but temporary; they will grow out of it. The scars will
however, remain as lessons and greater will be their burden on the false
prophet. It is important for all of us to be on high alert by being
diligent since emotions will provide the false prophet ammunition to woo
the innocent or ignorant person. Matthew 16:4 tells us; Then understood
they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of
the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.