There are a handful of verses false prophets often use to dismiss their false revelations. I want to prove that these verses do not mean a real prophet will be given an incomplete, misleading, or wrong revelation.
1 Corinthians 13:9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part; 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away.
Their argument is that since we prophecy in part and know in part, a word from God can be partial, and because of that, sometimes they’ll fail or be lacking. That didn’t mean God communicated incompletely when he gave a revelation, it meant sometime in the future we would have full revelation on all things.
If this meant a revelation from God could be wrong or lacking, then it would mean a Christian would never know if the revelation from God should be believed and followed. When God gives a word, he clearly reveals what is intended to be revealed. If he didn’t clearly communicate his intent, then there would be no purpose in listening and attempting to obey in the first place. This is just a lame attempt by false prophets to wiggle out of their deception.
1 Corinthians 14: :27 If anyone speaks in a tongue, it should be by two or at the most three, and each in turn, and one must interpret; 28 but if there is no interpreter, he must keep silent in the church; and let him speak to himself and to God. 29 Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others pass judgment.
1 Thessalonians 5:21 But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; 22 abstain from every form of evil.
The argument says that because prophecies had to have judgement passed, and because they had to be examined, Christians can give false, misleading, and wrong revelations. That is a wrong conclusion. False prophets can sneak into a church, and they can claim to be hearing from God. Words are to pass judgement and to be examined, so the false prophets that sneak in won’t be given an audience. It’s meant to shut the false prophets out.
Also remember, these major apostles and prophets who declare their words for the world to hear are releasing them under the full assertion that it’s God speaking. They’re not passing it before a group for “testing” before they release it upon the church. They release them with full assertion that it’s a thus says God. So for them to backtrack after a major fail, and claim the verses above as justification for their fail, is total nonsense.
Every false prophet could escape being called out if these were valid reasons to overlook false prophecies. They could simply say, “Oh well, we do only prophecy in part. Well, you know, everything has to be judged, so that’s why I’m allowed to be wrong.”
God communicated clearly and fully when he intended to communicate and reveal. If he didn’t, then there would be no point in attempting to hear and obey. False prophets who release a word only to see it fail, are simply false and deceptive prophets. They can’t use the above verses to escape, deflect, distract, and excuse their failure.