For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform signs and wonders, to lead astray, if possible, the elect.
Mark 13:22 ESV
Some people would hold that signs and wonders are the mark of a genuine ministry of a servant of God. If we heed Jesus’ warning here, we will see that this isn’t necessarily the case. After all, signs don’t necessarily point in the right direction!
Here’s a test: does the “man of God” have a “messiah complex”? In other words, does he make out that you have to follow him in order to be saved? Jesus would call such a person a false Christ.
Here’s another test, does the professing minister of Christ claim to be a prophet- speaking the very words of God to the people? Well unless they’re applying the word of God, they may as well be making up some kind of “christianised horoscope”. We are to “test the spirits” to see whether they are of God.
Sadly, these religious charlatans may lead astray, if possible, the elect. Now, if God chooses to save you, He’s not going to let you get lead astray to the lake of fire. You may get led off the narrow path to life. But if you’re truly Christ’s, He will pursue you until He brings you back into the narrow way.
“Lord, please guard us against false christs and false prophets. Please choose us for salvation, and keep us on the narrow way of life, in Christ’s name, amen”