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How to spot a false “apostle”.

Found this interesting list compiled by Limerick Reformed Fellowship.

1. He claims to be an apostle (II Cor. 11:13; Rev. 2:2).
2. He was not present during the Lord’s earthly ministry or he was not directly commissioned by the risen Christ (Acts 1:21-22; Acts 22:10, 21).
3. He is not part of the foundation of the church (Eph. 2:20)
4. He has not seen the risen Christ (I Cor. 9:1; 15:8) or he claims to have seen the risen Christ (perhaps in his bedroom or in some other private location) and is therefore a liar, a deceiver or deluded (I Peter 1:8).
5. He does not have supreme authority in all the churches or he claims such supreme authority and is therefore a liar, deceiver or deluded (I Cor. 7:17; I Cor. 14:37; II Cor. 10:8, 11:28).
6. He cannot demand that his letters be read in the churches as inspired writings from God, and if he does, you’ve guessed it, he is a liar, deceiver or deluded (I Thess. 5:27; II Peter 3:15-16).
7. He makes these claims today, that is, long after the death of the last apostle who was John.

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2 responses to “How to spot a false “apostle”.

  1. Jim April 23, 2013 at 02:45

    The Didache also has a very telling way to recognize a false prophet. If he asks for money, he is false. If he called for a communion meal, (the actual dinner where people feasted) and he ate the food, he was a false prophet.

    If we used these standards today, TBN might be full of profits, but surely they have no Prophets!

  2. WheatAmongTares April 23, 2013 at 17:17

    Paul is something else. He has a big ego problem with all the me, myself and I’s.

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