A Question I Was Asked:

Will God Forgive "New Apostolic Reformation" Prophets Who Are Not Sent by God?

Hi. I know that in the O.T. in the book of Deuteronomy that a prophet had to be 100% correct, or they were considered false. So would all of these young people that are involved in the New Apostolic Reformation who are being taught to prophesy be considered false prophets, even though they "prophesied" out of ignorance? Also, if they realized they were wrong after coming to a fuller knowledge of the truth and repented, then would God forgive them?

UK Apologetics Reply:

Okay, yes. They would be considered false prophets if not specifically sent by God. That is the simple truth.

Would God forgive them, once such people repented of their folly? Of course He would, since that would not be the unforgivable sin, although I think it is a very dangerous area to claim God has spoken to you when He has not.

Let's look at this Scripture:

19. I myself will call to account anyone who does not listen to my words that the prophet speaks in my name. 20. But a prophet who presumes to speak in my name anything I have not commanded, or a prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, is to be put to death.” 21. You may say to yourselves, "How can we know when a message has not been spoken by the Lord?" 22. If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the Lord does not take place or come true, that is a message the Lord has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously, so do not be alarmed. (Deuteronomy 18:19-22).

This is a very serious warning. Compare this with those who are taught that they can 'learn' to prophesy in the Lord's name; nobody can! Don't allow anybody to deceive you! I have even been told of charismatic leaders who say that it does not matter too much when some (modern-day) "prophecies" are not accurately fulfilled becuse the person is a learner and his or her 'heart is right.' In contrast, according to the Bible if a prophecy is not fulfilled precisely as 'prophesied' - I mean in full time and place details (where such details were part of the prophecy) that person is a false prophet. Indeed under old covenant law such a person could be put to death.

Robin A. Brace. May 12th, 2017.