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Kinds of false prophets:

Angels of Deceit, Richard Lee & Ed Hindson, (Harvest House, 1993), pp. 145-6

1. Self-deceived. Sincere, but wrong. They have deceived themselves into believing their messages are true. Jeremiah 23

2. Liars. "Who is the liar? It is the man who denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a man is the antichrist&md;he denies the Father and the Son. 1 John 2:22

3. Heretics. Those who preach heresy (false doctrine) and divide the church. 1 John 2:19, 2 Peter 2:1, 12

4. Scoffers. Do not necessarily promote false teachings so much as they outright reject the truth of God. 2 Peter 3:3, 2 Timothy 3:2, 3, Jude 16

5. Blasphemers Those who speak evil of God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, the people of God, the kingdom of God, and the attributes of God. Jude 4, 10, 12, 13, 1 Tim. 1:13

6. Seducers. Mark 13:22 The Lord's implication is that spiritual seduction is a very real threat, even to believers This would account for the fact that a few genuine, but deceived believers may be found among the cults.

7. Reprobates. This term means "disapproved," "depraved," or "rejected." Paul refers to those who have rejected the truth of God and turned to spiritual darkness. Consequently, God has given them over to a "reprobate mind" (Rom. 1:28). They have so deliberately rejected God that they have become "filled with every kind of wickedness" (29). As a result, they are "god haters" (30), whose behavior is "senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless" (31). These people are so far gone spiritually that they know it and don't care. cf. Matt. 24.