DETECTING TRUE AND FALSE PROPHETS, Chapter 4 of The Church and the Priesthood by Ogden Kraut
The world always mistook false prophets for true ones, and those that were sent of God, they considered to be false prophets, . . . (TPJS, p. 206)
The Old Testament records that the Lord has frequently sent prophets to help guide the people back into His presence. But unfortunately, many prophets came that the Lord did not send, and utter confusion about true and false prophets has continued ever since. The Prophet Joseph clearly explained that, “The world always mistook false prophets for true ones, and those that were sent of God, they considered to be false prophets.” (TPJS, p. 206) So it is critical for us to learn to determine the difference. This chapter will discuss the distinguishing characteristics of both false and true prophets.
Detecting False Prophets
One of the keys in detecting false prophets lies in the nature of their appearance. They do not have an appearance of their own; rather, they try to copy-cat the true prophets. Jesus gave us this warning sign:
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. (Matt. 7:15)