BY: Dan Phale*
In this era when there are too many churches, many individuals have come forward claiming to be the servants of God with spiritual titles like apostles, or prophets, or something like that. And really this is a phenomenon of its kind.
Let us, first of all, look at the definition of the term apostle. This word comes from the Greek noun, apostolos, which in English means an ambassador, or the one who is delegated… And in the local church an Apostle Of Jesus Christ was the highest ranking official as appointed by God the Father for the purpose of establishing churches and spreading the truth based on the word of God. Those who qualified for apostleship were those who had the spiritual gift as bestowed upon them by the Holly Spirit either immediately before or immediately after Jesus’s accession into the heaven.
Now for the purpose of this article let it be known that one of the attributes for which an apostle was uniquely known among the people was the spiritual ability to perform some miracles… And this is why I have decided to publish this article so that we assist one another.
May all and sundry be warned that the possibilities are very high that some people are false apostles.
According to the book of Acts 8:9 a man called Simon had for some time been practicing magic in a certain town whereas the Samaritan people had been astounded. By virtue of his magic this man had given out the impression that he was someone with great spiritual powers. As such everybody believed in him; the official and ordinary people alike had declared, “He is the divine powers called Great.” But when Phillip, the Apostle, preached the good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ they knew the truth about Simon.
Similarly, at Paphos, according to the book of Acts 13:6, there was a Jewish magician and false prophet called Bar-Jesus. He was one of the official attendants of the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, who was an extremely intelligent man. The proconsul summoned the two real apostles Barnabas and Saul and asked for the opportunity to hear the word of God, but the magician tried to prevent the proconsul from being converted. However the Holly Spirit who often led the apostles instantly punished the magician… Well, the question is: what would happen if the two apostles were not led by the Holly Spirit? Obviously the proconsul would not have the grace to know the true status of God.
In the same way many people in this generation have the impression that those who perform miracles while preaching at various religious gatherings are apostles… This is a wrong perception. Such individuals who display their supernatural powers may be doing that in a simple quest for popularity. Over and above, there are already evidential facts that some of these people have a record of having made false prophecies.
All in all, we should be careful lest we become ensnared by the devil… Not all who perform miracles are the servants of God.