Today, there seems to be a very thin line between prophecy and divination/psychic practices. In our desperation for things of the Spirit within our personal lives and our churches, some of us have inadvertently welcomed in false spirits and false prophets.

While I don’t have the time or energy to call out every false prophet operating today by name (there are literally thousands), the following declaration is a good rule to keep in mind.

“The heartbreaking part about all of [the modern prophetic movement] is that, when we turn to the Scriptures to try and find where all this vague and general prophecy is coming from, you can’t find any. You cannot find a single prophet or prophetic word in Scripture that was not prophesying to a specific person, people group, or nation…and what they prophesied was not only specific and full of substance, but it also had requirements from those who received it.” — Jeremiah Johnson

This declaration, coupled with the verse below, is a good starting point for testing these false spirits and prophets.

“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” (I John‬ ‭4:1,‬ ‭NKJV)‬‬

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