Chapter Four – What Makes a True Prophet?

05 November

“The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit.”Proverbs 12:5

 

When I first joined the Mormon Church, I was introduced to a variety of “prophets” from both the Mormon past and present day church. The concept of a modern day prophet was both interesting and encouraging. It was nice to know that God had not abandoned us, that He still spoke through men and women, that He wasn’t a God afar off but a God close at hand.

What discouraged me, however, was how many times these prophets not only disagreed with each other, but also with the Scriptures—and even at times with the Mormon’s own Book of Mormon. Whereas having a prophet that could speak for God was exciting and exhilarating, having one that seemed to contradict God was deflating and conflicting.

The question invariably arose: how do we really know that a man is a true prophet of God? Many would answer this question with a simple, “You must have faith in God,” response. Having faith in God is not the issue here. What is actually being asked of us is to have faith in the man who claims he is a prophet. Having faith in God is not the same as having faith in a man.

 

“It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.”

Psalms 118:8 (KJV)

“Do not put your trust in princes, in mortal men, who cannot save.”Psalms 146:3

 

Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe.” - Proverbs 29:25

 

That a prophet is undeniably human is obvious. It is also true that God uses men to further His Kingdom. These verses do not imply that all men are untrustworthy, but they do teach us that all men are capable of making mistakes. They teach us that it is better to trust in God than in them. Does God give us principles to teach us who and who is not a prophet? Read More

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