The safeguard against the coming of False prophets - The False Prophets


Jesus warned his apostles about the false prophets to come after he leaves.

“For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” Matthew 24:24 KJV

The Pseudo-clementine Recognitions, a gospel about Peter the disciple (not included in the bible) states the following:

“Wherefore observe the greatest caution, that you believe no teacher, unless he bring from Jerusalem the testimonial of James the Lord’s brother, or of whosoever may come after him.
For no one, unless he has gone up thither, and there has been approved as a fit and faithful teacher for preaching the word of Christ,—unless, I say, he brings a testimonial thence, is by any means to be received.” Chapter XXXV - False Apostles, Translation by Protestant theologian and church historian Philip Schaff. 10

14523768_xxl_resize.jpgSo James, the brother of Jesus, the high priest had put a safeguard in place that no man is to be deceived by these false prophets/teachers to come. Don’t believe any teacher that comes unless he has a testimonial (written letter) from James approving of him as a teacher. 11

As you can see Paul mentions these letters. He clearly says do we need as some do letters of recommendation i.e. the recommendation or testimonial letter from James the brother of Jesus. 11

“Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, as some do, letters of recommendation to you, or from you?” 2 Corinthians 3:1 RSV

Paul is telling you he is not recognised as an apostle by others. These others are obviously the real apostles and the heads of churches demanding the testimonial letter from James.

If to others I am not an apostle, at least I am to you; for you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 9:2 RSV

Paul tries to elevate his status and then attacks the real apostles of Jesus.

“I do not think I am in the least inferior to those ‘super-apostles.’”
“I may indeed be untrained as a speaker, but I do have knowledge.” 2 Corinthians 11:5-6 NIV
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And I will keep on doing what I am doing in order to cut the ground from under those who want an opportunity to be considered equal with us in the things they boast about.”
For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ2 Corinthians 11:12-13 NIV