The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? - Jeremiah 17:9 (ESV)
The Purpose Driven Industrial Complex has built a billion-dollar industry on the backs of people who otherwise might have been desperately seeking God. Instead, they have been sold a false bill of goods by charlatans and hucksters. People who themselves are either deceived or deceivers and in most cases, both. Cult of personality preachers have the most lucrative television deals and book contracts. Many major apostate mega-church kingdoms have their own cash cow in the form of royalties from home made faux worship. As they seek to conquer the secular cultural mountains they make money even from "Christian" movies and media. The churchianity landscape is littered with itinerant preachers seeking their next love offering to keep the bank accounts bulging. One of the most profitable segments of this machine however is the false prophet network where countless people claim to hear from God and speak on His behalf. These snake oil salesmen appear nothing like the prophets we see in the bible because they are not even remotely biblical. They admit as much although they couch that truth differently of course. They have rewritten the standards God set out for people who claim to be hearing from God directly. In the bible a prophet must always be correct in their prophecies. Why? Because they are claiming to hear from God! God does not stutter! He does not speak in hushed tones. Sure, the prophets of old may have been confused as to WHY God said what He did, they were never confused about what He had said.
So the false prophet network carries on their job and job number one is to protect the brand. As such they are constantly writing new guidelines and confirming each other to loan the air of legitimacy where it does not belong. Two such false folks are Craig and Collette Toach. Frequenters of Charisma News, the Toach duo brag openly about being apostles and have founded something they call "nextgen prophets" as they try to sell the business model to up and coming scammers. In his bio, Craig Toach claims his passion is to bring heaven to earth in prayer and decree. This coded language is common at places like Bethel Church where they centralize their mission on this false notion of bringing heaven to earth and believe they too can simply decree things into existence through the old word faith heresy. The above linked article is the latest from Craig Toach where he appears to want to teach about qualifying the use of the title of prophet but in reality he is just trying to sound as if his version of absolute heresy is somehow reasonable. Let us reason once more together to understand the depths of the false teaching embedded in this thinking, which is widely accepted within the apostate church today.
"I remember being on the receiving end of many laughing sessions in high school. One day in particular stands out; it had been a long and hot summer's day. When the last school bell sounded, I couldn't wait to escape. Taking my usual path to leave the school grounds, I reached the part where all the students converged to then take a small embankment leading to a narrow passage to freedom. Shifting my heavy bookbag into place, I paced myself with the flow of my fellow students and started walking down the embarkment like so many times before.
Two steps in, I felt an all-too-familiar tweak come from my right ankle ... Oh no! Not now! Before I knew it, my bookbag hit me in the back of my head, and I went tumbling down the embankment. All I could hear, as I was coming to my senses, was the laughing from the stream of students around me (with an occasional, "Are you OK?"). You know, the laughing was not what I remembered but rather the fear it formed in me: At any time, this could happen again. I found myself continually bracing or looking for objects I could grab onto in case of an emergency. I thank the Lord that my weak ankles were only part of my growing phase. Till today, I appreciate having equally strong ankles to keep me solid in my everyday exploits.
In one of our recent podcasts, Colette and I spoke about how important it is for a prophet to be solid in who they are in their calling. If there is any weakness (like my ankles), you will find yourself tripping when you cannot afford it. So today I want to give you the three-step process to help you overcome your spiritual weak ankles. After following these three steps, you can know without a doubt whether you qualify to wear the title "prophet." - Craig Toach
The ankle analogy is designed to break the ice and make everything that follows sound rational. I would like to interject the bible if we can. The "weakness" Toach refers to within his version of prophets is related to prophesying falsely. His "tripping when you cannot afford" it refers to the actual false prophecy often made by him and his ilk. For example, recently many of the false prophets in this arena were exposed by the Lord when they all prophesied the reelection of Donald Trump. Note however what Toach is setting up as the premise. That if you fancy yourself a prophet, and you trip up on one of those prophecies, here are three easy steps to make sure you are "really" a prophet. This smells like a train wreck waiting to happen.