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HOW TO KNOW A GENUINE/TRUE PASTOR? NEVER BY MIRACLES, SIGNS AND WONDERS – MATTHEW 7: 15 – 22 KJV

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HOW TO KNOW A GENUINE/TRUE PASTOR? NEVER BY MIRACLES, SIGNS AND WONDERS – MATTHEW 7: 15 – 22 KJV

MATTHEW 7: 15 – 22 KJV

“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistle? 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. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?”

Question (1): Do you know that the Lord Jesus Christ said that you should not know any man of God (pastor, apostle, prophet, evangelist, teacher of the word) by miracles, signs and wonders?

Question (2): Then how can someone know a genuine or true man of God?

Question (3): What is the right and best way to know any genuine or true man of God?

The answer is provided by the Lord Jesus Christ Himself in Matthew 7:16, 20 KJV “ Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?…Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. The Lord Jesus Christ said you will know any true pastor ( any true man of God) by their fruits – it is never by miracles, signs and wonders!!!

Many Christians, most especially in Nigeria/Africa know many pastors or men of God by the miracles, signs and wonders. This is an error!

For a better and deeper understanding, let us read again carefully Matthew 7 : 15 – 22 KJV “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistle? 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. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?”

You can see for yourself from the above scripture that fake pastors/prophets can perform miracles, signs and wonders in the Name of JesusMatthew 7:22 ”Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?”

Please read Luke 13:23 – 27 “Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are: Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets. But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.

The workers of iniquity can perform miracles, signs and wonders in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ! They can even say “praise the Lord! Hallelujah!!!”

Again, from Luke 13:23 – 27, note :

(1) You can see that all the fake pastors/prophets can use the Name of Jesus to perform miracles, signs and wonders!

(2) All the fake pastors/prophets can call Jesus Christ “Lord, Lord”!!

So please take note and never you be deceived and carried away with miracles, signs and wonders.

Miracles, signs and wonders have made many Christians to lose contact with the reality.

Do you know that Satan and his agents (fake pastors/ prophets) can transform themselves into an angel of light to perform miracles, signs and wonders at any time? Read and study what happened in the book of Exodus when Moses, the true prophet of God performed miracle, the magicians, the fake also performed the same miracle: Exodus 7:9 – 12 KJV “When Pharaoh shall speak unto you, saying, Shew a miracle for you: then thou shalt say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and cast it before Pharaoh, and it shall become a serpent. And Moses and Aaron went in unto Pharaoh, and they did so as the LORD had commanded: and Aaron cast down his rod before Pharaoh, and before his servants, and it became a serpent. Then Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers: now the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments. For they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents: but Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods.“

So it is your responsibility to know the true pastors/prophets by their fruits – not by miracles, signs and wonders.

Do you know that king Saul whom the Spirit of God had departed from him prophesied! He prophesied after the departure of the Spirit of God from his life – 1 Samuel 16:14 and 1 Samuel 19: 24 KJV “But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him… 1 Samuel 19:24 “And he stripped off his clothes also, and prophesied before Samuel in like manner, and lay down naked all that day and all that night. Wherefore they say, Is Saul also among the prophets?”

The lesson to learn from the scriptures quoted above (1 Samuel 16:14 and 1 Samuel 19: 24) is that as King Saul started well with God when he was made the first king in Israel in 1 Samuel 10, the Spirit of God was with him as well as worked with him.

But by 1 Samuel 16, the Spirit of God had left him since there is never any vacuum in the spirit realm.

Despite the fact that the Spirit of God had left in 1 Samuel 16 but he still prophesied in 1 Samuel 19.

Therefore, today there are many men of God ( pastors/prophets) who started well with God, but due to all their unchristian and unbiblical activities in Christendom, the Spirit of God had left them though they are still prophesying as King Saul did. They are still performing miracles, signs and wonders despite the fact that the Spirit of God (the Holy Spirit) had left them.

Despite the fact that the Spirit of God (the Holy Spirit) had left them, the miracles, signs and wonders are still happening in their ministries just exactly like King Saul who was still prophesying after the Spirit of God had departed from his life!

So the right way to know any true pastors or prophets is by their fruits as the fruit of King Saul as at that particular period of time was his determination , desire and intention to kill David and he was still prophesying!

Another example is an old prophet who had lost the Presence of God – God had departed from his life and still went ahead to speak to the young prophet who carried the presence of God. The old prophet spoke to the young prophet as if the presence of God was still with him but he lied to the young prophet who was later killed by lion for listening to the old prophet .

The mistake the young prophet made is that he did not assess and discern the old prophet by the kind of fruit the old prophet was bearing and manifesting – 1 Kings 13:18 KJV “He (the old prophet) said unto him (the young prophet), I am a prophet also as thou art; and an angel spake unto me by the word of the LORD, saying, Bring him back with thee into thine house, that he may eat bread and drink water. But he (the old prophet) lied unto him (the young prophet).”

So the lesson to learn here is to discern, judge, examine and assess any old man of God (pastor/prophet) by their fruits they are bearing and manifesting no matter how highly anointed they may be or old they may be in their ministries .

Another example is the prophet Balaam who had the great knowledge of God but his fruit, the kind of fruit he was bearing and minifesting exposed him –  Numbers 24:16 “He (prophet Balaam) hath said, which heard the words of God, and knew the knowledge of the most High, which saw the vision of the Almighty, falling into a trance, but having his eyes open”

Finally, the Lord Jesus Christ warned the true Christian believers that they could be deceived by miracles in Matthew 24:24 ”For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect (the true Christian believers).”

The best and right way to know any true pastors or prophets is by the kind of fruits they are bearing and manifest –  not the miracles, signs and wonders by the gifts of the Holy Spirit because the gift(s) of the Holy Spirit will not take anyone to Heaven but the fruit of the Spirit ( the Holy Spirit) –  Galatians 5:22 – 23 KJV “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”

Do not forget that Satan and his agents ( fake pastors/ prophets) can transform themselves to an angel of light to perform miracles, signs and wonders at any time – 2 Corinthians 11:13 – 15 KJV For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”

The right and best way to know any true pastors or prophets is by the kind of fruits they bear and manifest – not the miracles, signs and wonders.

To study in detail for a better and deeper understanding, read for free this rich and Holy Spirit filled publication at KDP AMAZON, my book : “Pastor’s Little Foxes: The Secrets Of Pastor’s Little Foxes In The Vineyard”

Note: Proverbs 23:23 NKJV “Buy the truth, and do not sell it…”

About the author

onetruth

Olusegun Ibikunle has devoted his entire life to the service of his Master Lord Jesus Christ since 2003, greatly adding value to lives. He is into the propagation of the gospel of Christ of righteousness and holiness on the earth. By the grace of God, he is the founder of the Holy Army of Christ (HAC) Ministries. The ministries God has used to bless the children, the teenagers, the youths and the adults.

He has a B.Sc. degree in Industrial Engineering. The Holy Spirit inspired him to write this book for the edification of the Body of Christ and the benefit of Heaven-bound Christians in the last days (end times).

He is a great life coach. He holds seminars across the globe.

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