How to False Prophet-Proof Yourself — What Holly Thinks

Kim Clement prophesies “revival” and “refreshing” for U.S. Christians during the next presidential administration (February 2008, Whittier, Calif.).

“Prophet” Kim Clement and I finally agree on something.

The other night, the Trinity Broadcasting Network aired a “Special Moment With Kim Clement” — a brief clip from one of their past TV programs featuring Clement.

I can’t find the transcript on the TBN Web site, but here’s the gist of what Clement said:

People who are bound up theologically are not open to being ministered to like those who aren’t bound up theologically.

In other words, Christians who know theology aren’t as receptive to Clement’s prophecies as those who don’t know theology.

I couldn’t agree more.

Yet this is very interesting: While I see theology as a good thing, Clement sees it as a bad thing. Why? Because it makes people less open to his teachings.

What is theology?

What is theology? It simply refers to the study of God and religious truth. It involves the most important questions people can ask, like “Who is God?”, “What is He like?” and “How can we have a relationship with Him?” The Bible — God’s perfect Word — is the source of Christian theology.

So, why would Clement be opposed to it?

Theology is like a wall that keeps out all the dangerous teachings. It’s what protects Christians from being deceived by false prophets, like Clement — whose teachings share more in common with the New Age movement than Christianity. People who know theology will be able to detect the differences between real Christianity and counterfeit Christianity.

Theology will soon be our only spiritual protection — during the Antichrist’s reign — when the False Prophet will deceive many professing Christians. The study of theology should be required homework for all Christians as we enter the last days.

Theology 101

If you’ve never studied Christian theology, then you should prioritize it. There is no substitute for careful study of the Bible. But you should also read a good book on theology, like Introducing Christian Doctrine by Millard J. Erickson (Baker Book House).

This is an abridged version of Erickson’s book Christian Theology. Both are standard textbooks at many Christian colleges and seminaries. Not every Christian has the luxury of attending seminary, but that doesn’t mean you can’t benefit from using the same resources as seminary students.

It’s true that the Christian faith requires an experiential relationship with God. Yet, we must make sure we’re in relationship with the true God — and the only way to do that is by knowing theology.

— Holly Pivec