Since the 1990s, we've been witnessing the Lord restoring the office of the apostle to the church. Of course, the rise of true ministry gifts always prompts Satan to raise up a counterfeit anointing to pervert the pond.
The Bible warns of false apostles, and I've certainly seen my fair share of them. But what does a false apostle look like? How do you recognize them? What does Scripture really say about these hucksters?
I decided to study this out after I saw several articles online arguing Paul, who wrote two-thirds of the New Testament, was a false apostle. Between such odd assertions and the number of people claiming to be apostles without
any evident fruit, I set out like a good Berean to offer some truth on false apostles.Yes, There Are Modern-Day Apostles
Before we get into the signs of a false apostle—and this is just part one in a series—let's start off with a foundational Scripture to set the stage. Eph. 4:11-14 makes the case for modern-day apostles:
He gave some to be apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers, for the equipping of the saints, for the work of service, and for the building up of the body of Christ, until we all come into the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, into a complete man, to the measure of the stature
of the fullness of Christ, so we may no longer be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about with every wind of doctrine by the trickery of men, by craftiness with deceitful scheming.
Nowhere in Scripture does it say Jesus stopped calling apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers.