COGWA (Church of God a Worldwide Association) recently published an article to instruct their members on how to distinguish real prophets from false prophets - False Prophets by Chris Moen. If there has been anything that the Church of God has been good at it, it is pumping out false prophets over the last 8 decades.
The article lists the following things that distinguish true prophets apart from all of the liars:
Given what COGWA wrote above, did you feel that it describes any of the countless prophets that have plagued the COG over the decades?
Four tests to prove whether a prophet is true
1. Does the conduct of the prophet reflect godly character?
2. Do the predictions of the prophet come true?
3. Are the words of the prophet consistent with Scripture?
4. Do the people benefit spiritually from the prophet’s ministry?
Most of those false prophets fall under the conditions listed below:
Another reason given in the Bible is that some people speak from their own imagination. God says, “Woe to the foolish prophets, who follow their own spirit and have seen nothing!” (Ezekiel 13:3-4). Throughout the centuries, numerous false prophets have arisen because of their own desires and Satan’s influence.Every single prophet we have had over the decades has arisen because of their own desires. Never once was God involved, but their pathetic narcissism was.
Well, that is until now!
There is one Church of God splinter cult leader who actually claims to fit every single description listed in the four categories above.
I will give you four guesses as to who it is but will give you two hints first.
It is NOT Gerald Flurry, Ron Weinland or Dave Pack!
So WHO could that possibly leave?????
Yes, Ethel, it is our very own Almost-arrested but not-arrested, Elijah, Amos, Joshua, Habakkuk, Bitter Bawana Bob Thiel! Who knew??????
Bawana Bob writes:
Although COGWA left out some criteria, even based upon the above criteria, there is one person in one of the COGs that meets all those criteria, and he is not part of COGWA, but physically heads up the (Improperly named) Continuing Church of God (CCOG). Yet, despite what COGWA is teaching, its members do not take proper action.Bawana Bob continues:
The Bible teaches:
And here we go again with the dreams. Bawana Bob's nightmares do not constitute revelations from God. I know for a fact that God has NOT spoken to Bawana Bob and he is a liar when he says he did.6 “Hear now My words:
If there is a prophet among you,
I, the Lord, make Myself known to him in a vision;
I speak to him in a dream. (Numbers 12:6)
I had at least two such dreams, and others had dreams, essentially concerning those about me.Bawana Bob, the false prophet to Africa continues stating that Church of God members need to heed the fact he is a prophet and leave their organizations and join up with him. But alas, the members of the various Churches of God still laugh at him and refuse to join him or send him money.
Consider also that Jesus taught:
41 He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward. (Matthew 10:41)
Jesus is telling His followers that if a true prophet is out there, that they need to follow. Yet, in this Laodicean time (Revelation 3:14-18), most real Christians will not listen to what Jesus said on this and many other matters.No real Christian in the Church of God would EVER follow a narcissistic lying fool like Bawana Bob Thiel! COGWA had no more intention of revealing Bob Thiel as a prophet than Gaylyn Bonjour secretly set aside Bawana Bob as another COG leader.
There is NOTHING that Bawana Bob claims as truth to support his office that is truthful. God did not appoint him as a new COG leader. Bad dreams do not validate him starting a new group. He is just as big a liar as Dave Pack, Ron Weinland and Gerald Flurry.
Anyone that joins forces with Bawana Bob is seriously putting their salvation at risk! Run as fast as you can away!