On TV the other day, they were talking about a man who claims to be God's one true prophet, and says God speaks through him. Because of that, his followers always obey him and won't listen to anyone else. Could he actually be a modern day prophet who speaks for God? — Mrs. B.T.
The Bible warns that toward the end of the present age false prophets will arise and try to lure people away from faith in Christ. Jesus said, "Many false prophets will appear and deceive many people" (Matthew 24:11). The Apostle Paul warned that "impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived" (2 Timothy 3:13).
One of the characteristics of leaders like this is that they claim they, and they alone, have the truth about God. But one way to spot them is to ask what they think of Jesus Christ. They will never agree with what the Bible teaches: He was God's only Son, who came down from heaven and saved us by His death on the cross. Nor will they agree that He was God's final and complete revelation of Himself, and that "in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form" (Colossians 2:9).
Don't be deceived by those who reject the Bible or twist its clear meaning, or claim the Bible needs the "wisdom" of some later prophet to make it complete. Instead, put your trust and faith in Christ, for He alone is able to save us, and He alone gives us hope of eternal life. Ask Him to come into your life right now.
Then ask God to help you find a church where Christ is central and the Bible is taught, so you can be "rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith" (Colossians 2:7).