Today, we are confronted with a multitude of false prophets and teachers. Not only from apostate “Christian” denominations of this world but from within the churches of God. In fact, we are being confronted with false teachings all the time from supposed ministers and self-proclaimed teachers. But what is more amazing is that many brethren and ministers fall for their perverted teachings and leave the truth of God. Without a doubt, there are more false prophets and teachers than there are true servants and ministers of God! During the days of Elijah, he was outnumbered by 450 prophets of Baal and 400 prophets of the groves—850 to 1. No doubt the ratio is even higher today. There have been false prophets beginning with Cain right down to our time...Why do these things continue to happen? In addition to those who sneak in with the determination to change doctrine and cause confusion, there are ministers who come up with strange doctrines and brethren who believe their teachings and follow them. Why does it happen? Paul clearly tells us why! It is a two-fold problem: 1) False ministers fail to preach the Word—the truth of God. Rather, they preach their own ideas about the Word of God—things that sound good—lies that sound true. 2) Brethren listen to them and accept their teachings without proving whether they are true or not. Here is what Paul wrote: “I charge you, therefore, in the sight of God, even the Lord Jesus Christ, Who is ready to judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the Word! Be urgent in season and out of season; convict, rebuke, encourage, with all patience and doctrine. For there shall come a time when they will not tolerate sound doctrine; but according to their own lusts they shall accumulate to themselves a great number of teachers, having ears itching to hear what satisfies their cravings; but they shall turn away their own ears from the truth; and they shall be turned aside unto myths” (II Tim 4:1-4)."
1 John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are from God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
1 John 4:2 Hereby know ye the spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God.
1 John 4:3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is the spirit of the antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come: and even now already is it in the world.