Questions and answers on familiar spirits and false prophets
1) One with a familiar spirit in this dispensation, can it be likened to Native doctors or some prophets that (see your future or prophecy on what will happen or why something is happening to you) claiming it’s from God.
2) Pls how can one tell when a “prophecy” is from a familiar spirit?
Yes. Anyone possessed by, or who uses supernatural powers, demons or spirits and mediums not of God to relate with the dead or to predict the future, etc is in that category – soothsayers, diviners, necromancers, witches and wizards, sorcerers, etc.
Familiar spirits are demons and they are called familiar because of their closeness to the people who are either possessed by them or use them. They obey them and do whatever they command.
So, being able to tell which is which is first by being discerning.
Acts 16:16-19 talks about a certain lady who followed Paul around. She was saying the truth, but the manner was certainly not of God. She was also being used by her masters to make money.
So check the manner and the motive. When Mammon is involved it’s most likely not of God.
Simon the sorcerer was said to have bewitched the people of Samaria. He promoted himself as a great one.
When the person promotes self instead of God, he’s not working with the right spirit. And when he enslaves, controls and manipulates the people, it’s demonic. Where the Spirit of God is, there is liberty.
Then there was Elymas another sorcerer, a false prophet, who withstood Paul and other ministers of God.
So check the person’s attitude to other believers and ministers of God, and to the things of God. A minister of God working with the Spirit of God will not resist the ministry of the word of God and the Spirit of God, because it’s supposed to be one Spirit at work.
It’s important to also state that some start out right, and then lose it somewhere along the line.
Jude talks about people who “have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion of Korah.” (Jude 1:11)
The gifts and the callings of God are without repentance.
Pastor Chinaemerem Ibezim
Able Ministers Chapel