2 Simple Things You Should Do When You Meet A False Prophet

You cannot deny the fact that there are false prophets everywhere. And if you are not careful enough, you might fall their victim.

However, it is the will of God that you do not fall to the deception of false prophets – whether they are around you or afar of.

Can you avoid seeing false prophets around you? Possibly not; as I said earlier, they can be found everywhere – even in church.


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Can you avoid being entrapped by false prophets? Yes you can, if you are discerning enough and pay attention to what the word of God says.

This post will suggest two simple but effective ways to treat a false prophet.

In the book of Jeremiah, we are given two simple keys to avoid falling into the deception of false prophets. Let’s read the verses together:

For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, ‘Do not let your [false] prophets who are among you and your diviners deceive you; pay no attention and attach no significance to the dreams which they dream or to yours, for they prophesy falsely to you in My Name. I have not sent them,’ says the Lord .
Jeremiah 29:8‭-‬9 AMP

From this above quoted scriptures some salient points can be surmised:

  • Where ever you find yourself, you will find false prophets amongst you;
  • The aim of false prophets is to deceive you;
  • False prophets can prophecy in the name of God;
  • You will not be deceived if you don’t pay attention to false prophets and don’t take their words seriously;
  • False prophets can’t deceive you without your consent;
  • False prophets are not God’s representatives.

You can see that the Bible doesn’t say you will not meet false prophets in your Christian journey. But it does say you should not fall into their deception.

Let me explain further…

1. Pay no attention to a false prophet

What does it mean not to pay attention to anyone? I like the way the Collins dictionary explains it:

“If you pay attention to someone, you watch them, listen to them, or take notice of them. If you pay no attention to someone, you behave as if you are not aware of them or as if they are not important.”

With that definition, we can have a fair idea of what the Bible means when it says you should pay no attention to false prophets. It means:

  • Don’t watch them
  • Don’t listen to them
  • Don’t take notice of them.
  • Don’t behave as if they are important.

You will not be deceived by false prophets if you don’t watch them, if you don’t listen to them, and if you don’t take notice of them.

‘Do not let your [false] prophets who are among you… deceive you” remains Jeremiah’s warning to you.

2. Attach no significance to whatever a false prophet says

Apart from not paying attention to false prophets, you are also required not to attach any significance to their words.

“If you pay no attention to someone, you behave as if you are not aware of them or as if they are not important.”

Imagine if everyone should act that way to false prophets, they will all disappear into oblivion because no one patronises them.

But what do we see around us today? People honour false prophets by paying them attention and even subsiding their operations by giving them money.

Unfortunately that’s why false prophets are in business: preying on you and feeding fact on your ignorance.

It is my hope that you will change your attitude having read this article.


What else can you do when you encounter a false prophet? Leave me a comment.


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3 Innocuous Things About False Prophets You Should Be Wary Of

Dealing with false prophets.

For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, ‘Do not let your [false] prophets who are among you and your diviners deceive you; pay no attention and attach no significance to the dreams which they dream or to yours,
Jeremiah 29:8 AMP

1. False prophets are always amongst you

Some one said, “if the devil would come as the devil I would know him and avoid him.” But you see, the devil is a master of disguise, so he would put on different forms to deceive you.

One of such forms is familiarity. He comes to you through things and people you are familiar with so that you will be caught off-guard.

The same thing can be said of false prophets. You can find them amongst people around you, people you already know and people that belong to the same group or church with you.

It would be a serious mistake to assume that there are no false prophets around you. Please take another look at God’s warning through Prophet Jeremiah:

“Do not let your [false] prophets who are among you and your diviners deceive you…” (emphasis mine).

Did you notice that the warning is against prophets who are amongst you, not the ones that are afar off?

Not strangers, but familiar people; those who present themselves as harmless, yet have hidden evil agenda.

Speaking along this line, Jesus echoed a warning to His disciples saying, “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves” Matthew 7:15.

If a wolf comes as a wolf, you will see it and escape to safety. But if a wolf disguises as a sheep, you will not immediately take the requisite caution, thereby increasing the chances of your being caught unawares.

That’s the kind of danger you are exposed to with false prohets if you are not careful enough. Thankfully, you are not at their mercy.

As Jesus assures us, “You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act.”

Innocent things about a false prophet

2. False prophets want your attention

Do you have any idea of what it means to be an attention seeker? Think of someone who behaves in a certain way with a view to eliciting your attention or validation.

That’s what false prophets do; they put on shows to grab your attention.

But getting your attention is not an end in itself. What they really want is for you to believe in them as though they were true prophets.

As Jeremiah puts it, they want you to “attach some significance to their prophecies.” It is up to you whether or not to oblige them.

3. False prophets want you to attach some significance to their prophecies

Even though false prophets know in themselves that they are false and self-serving, they still want you to take them seriously.

Once they have your attention, they will want you to attach some significance to what they say. And that is where the danger really is.

But as prophet Jeremiah advises us, “pay no attention and attach no significance to the dreams which [false prophets] dream…”

In other words, when you see a false prophet, pay no attention to him or her and do not attach any significance to whatever he or she has to say.

The above advice is worth repeating: Pay no attention to a false prophet and attach no significance to his or her words. We will take a deeper look at that in the next post.


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