WHAT IS A FALSE PROPHET?
You will know them by their fruits
The most dangerous characteristic of false prophets is that they claim to be from God and to speak for Him. “The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule by their own power; and My people love to have it so” (Jer. 5:31).
Such leaders nearly always appear pleasant and positive. They like to be with Christians, and they know how to talk and act like believers.
False prophets usually exude sincerity and thereby more easily deceive others (see 2 Tim. 3:13). But you can identify false teachers’ true colors by noting what they do not talk much about. They usually don’t deny basic doctrines such as Christ’s deity and substitutionary atonement, the sinfulness of humanity, or unbelievers’ going to hell. They simply ignore such “controversial” truths.
But whenever a false prophet is in your midst, you must not ignore his presence or the harmful effects of his heretical teaching.