Don’t Build Your House on False Prophets or Other Sand Dunes


10 If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.

~ Pr 24:10

Was not Balaam son of Beor a false prophet?


12 And Balaam said unto Balak, Spake I not also to thy messengers which thou sentest unto me, saying,

13 If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond the commandment of the LORD, to do either good or bad of mine own mind; but what the LORD saith, that will I speak?

~ Nu 24:12-13

But wait!  If he was a false prophet, how is it that he spoke true things?

24 And when Balaam saw that it pleased the LORD to bless Israel, he went not, as at other times, to seek for enchantments, but he set his face toward the wilderness.

2 And Balaam lifted up his eyes, and he saw Israel abiding in his tents according to their tribes; and the spirit of God came upon him.

~ vv 1-2

If Balaam’s words were the result of the Spirit of God, how can they be false sayings?

Obviously, there is more to whether or not a given person is a false prophet than whether or not his utterances come true.  You probably know the story.  Balaam went on to advise King Balak to entice the Children of Israel into idolatry through the woman and fertility rites.

13 If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder,

2 And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them;

3 Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

4 Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.

~ Dt 13:1-4

Notice:

  1. You are to not hearken to the words of the false prophet.
  2. You are to obey God.

Short and sweet: The antidote to the false prophet?  Follow God!

Israel did not obey God, and so they fell into the idolatry of Baalpeor shortly after the meeting of Balak and Balaam.  They became cursed through their own actions.

If you build your doctrine and beliefs upon a false prophet, then you are building it upon sand.

24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:

27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

~ Mt 7:24-27

Again, what is the antidote?  Do what Christ said to do!  Follow Christ!

False prophets and false teachers alike want you to follow them, follow their organization, etc.  A Christian walk should point people to Christ.  Statements like, “Unlike we in xCG, who are the smartest, best dressed and most loving (because we tell you so)…” do nothing to point people to Christ.

The antidote to smooth words of false teachers is to follow Christ.  The way to build up immunity is to keep you nose in the word.

20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.

~ Isa 8:20

I keep beating the drum on getting everyone to read through the Bible this year (and every year, for that matter).  Why?  How will you know the law and testimony if you do not read it?

I read, yet once again today, someone who whined that they left a certain church because they “found out” (long after his death, at that) that HWA was a “false prophet”.

<Sigh />

It is so sad that people miss the point over and over again.  If you are building your trust and faith upon HWA, then I guarantee you will one day be disappointed.  If you are building your trust and faith upon LCG and/or whether or not a certain blogger stays with them, then you are building upon sand in the end regardless of the particulars.  Why?  Because they are human beings.  Christ said to build it upon “the Rock”, His words.

Christ is supposed to be the Chief Cornerstone of the Church!  Not HWA, not Meredith, not Thiel, not Malm, not Franks, not Luker and certainly not Flurry!  Only Christ is unmovable.  If you build it upon anyone or anything else, then the inevitable will happen, and you will lose your faith because it will fall away with the temporary object of your faith.

So, “Was Herbert Armstrong a False Prophet?”  I don’t think so.  Yet, a more important question is, “If he was, how does that change the truth?  Does that change what you believe?”  Because if it does, it shows you are basing your beliefs on the wrong things.

He said one thing that was false.  He said, “Half of you just don’t get it!”  That was about as false as it comes.  He understated the problem.  He was too optimistic.  It was false because more than half did not get it.  They were basing their beliefs upon what the church fed them, what the booklets said and what the ministers said.  Instead of Bible study, they were reading the Plain Truth magazine.  They based their beliefs on an organization and the man who ran it.  When the man who took it over changed the doctrines, they simply went along with what they always have done.

Sorry if I am being somewhat facetious, but isn’t there truth in what I just wrote?  People really did read the booklets and the magazines and call it “Bible study”, and then why should anyone be surprised when people base their beliefs upon the booklets and magazines?

10 If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.

~ Pr 24:10

The strength of those who fell away is small.  All of us should be able to relate.  We are constantly surrounded by enemies.  We must fight our own carnality, the pull of the world and the actions and attitudes of others.  If that were not bad enough, Satan shores up his power by broadcasting his moods and attitudes, and we humans are naturally tuned in to his channel.

So, how do we stand against such power?  When the winds and the rains of temptations and trials come upon us, how do we keep our house from falling?

28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.

29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.

30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:

31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

~ Isa 40:28-31

So, whether or not HWA was a false prophet is not the point.  Whether or not certain bloggers come and go from certain organizations is not the point.  Building your belief system upon the Bible and knowing why you believe the way you do – that is the point.


3 thoughts on “Don’t Build Your House on False Prophets or Other Sand Dunes

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    Life, Hope and Truth also posted about Balaam the false prophet today in “Balaam“, subtitled “How could Balaam speak on God’s behalf to bless Israel and then advise Israel’s enemies on how to destroy her? What can we learn from Balaam’s life?”

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    John G

    John D,

    Your conclusion mentions what you consider as “the point” when you wrote:

    “…So, whether or not HWA was a false prophet is not the point. Whether or not certain bloggers come and go from certain organizations is not the point. Building your belief system upon the Bible and knowing why you believe the way you do – that is the point…”

    However, I’d like to supplement your point a little bit by saying that most people are not guided by God’s Spirit. Additionally, numerous people, with and without God’s Spirit, do build “their” belief system on the Bible, but still cannot agree with one another. Also, numerous people, with and without God’s Spirit, probably know why they believe the way they do. Then we have Christ’s words (and Stephen’s similar words) to forgive them because they know NOT what they do.

    I think God’s Spirit is the biggest key or point in one’s life, because it is that Spirit that changes a person’s life by opposing another spirit (James 4:5; Eph 2:2; I John 4:6) dwelling within.

    When God’s Spirit is involved, changes occur and they usually work out for good. You gave the example of Balaam above where he spoke some interesting things after “the spirit of God came upon him”. The Bible is full of such examples…for example, there is Samson’s life. In any event God’s will, by His Spirit, was done and God preserved the examples for us.

    I suppose another way of saying this is via Zechariah 4:6:

    “Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.”

    Or, as you pointed out above: “He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.” Isaiah 40:29

    As you know God is not educating everyone at this time and when He begins something in one’s life (Phil 1:6) He will finish or complete it, so God’s guidance is very important if one is to build a correct, right, or Godly “…belief system upon the Bible…”

    “And the Lord DIRECT your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.” 2 Thess 3:5

    Without that Godly direction by God’s Spirit, many, if not most, people will continue to strive to do the best they can with what they have with their own belief system and understanding why they do what they do to some degree.

    And someday the following will be a reality for all of us:

    “It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.”
    John 6:45

    Then what we all believe will be built upon the same foundation or “Rock,” because it will not be done by any of our might and power, but….by His Spirit.

    John

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      John G wrote: “However, I’d like to supplement your point a little bit by saying that most people are not guided by God’s Spirit. Additionally, numerous people, with and without God’s Spirit, do build “their” belief system on the Bible, but still cannot agree with one another. ”

      I guess I would put that slightly differently, although certainly God’s Spirit is part of the equation. Without it, they cannot understand the Bible, so therefore I would say they cannot base their belief system on the Bible really.

      People in the COGs supposedly have God’s Spirit, and yet how many are using it, exercising it and growing spiritually?

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