False “Prophet” Tom Deckard

The church today seems to awash with so-called prophets. Most are self-proclaimed, and most are easily exposed as false. Whether their prophecies come to pass or not, these men and women “keep on keepin’ on”, to the great detriment of the church of Jesus Christ.

Tom Deckard is one such false prophet. He makes great boasting claims about how he is 100% accurate in all his predictions, but I cannot find a single source document, audio file or video supporting his claims. He claims to have predicted 9/11 two years before it happened; the AIDS epidemic; the bird flu pandemic (is it really a pandemic?) and a host of other events.  All these issues aside, the real issue with Mr. Deckard is his treatment of the law and the New Covenant.

Like the British Israelism proponents, Deckard bases his entire worldview on the false teaching that the 10 tribes of the northern kingdom of Israel was somehow “lost” and dispersed in to the world and mixing with the Gentile nations. For an excellent article on the “Two Houses” teaching, we turn to Perry Trotter as posted at Moriel.org:

DECEMBER 9TH, 2004
This entry posted by MORIELCAROL

A Brief Assessment of Two House Theology

by Perry Trotter

All belief systems are based upon particular assumptions (presuppositions) -certain things are taken for granted. An evangelical Christian, for example, begins with the presupposition that God exists and that He has chosen to communicate. Those initial assumptions lead to the belief that the scriptures are inspired, that Jesus is the Messiah and that He died in our place and rose from grave.

If the initial assumption concerning God’s existence could be shown to be false, then all beliefs based on that assumption would collapse. If God does not exist, then any discussion concerning Jesus’ death for our sin becomes meaningless.

Two House Theology [1] is based on certain assumptions. While those distinctives are not as foundational as the very existence of God, they do set Two House Theology apart and merit critical examination.

For most believers an assessment of a movement’s distinctives will be more concise and beneficial than full blown interaction with every claim the movement makes. If Two House Theology can be shown to be based upon faulty presuppositions then the belief system as a whole should be rejected.

An examination of a selection of the movement’s writings [2] reveals a number of significant foundational errors. Among these:

  • belief in the concept of lost tribes
  • confusion concerning the biblical meanings of Israelite, Jew and Gentile
  • denial of the distinctiveness of the ekklesia (church)

What follows is a brief assessment of these foundational errors:

Lost Tribes?

The concept of ten lost tribes is nothing new. British Israelism has long held that the ten tribes of the northern kingdom became lost and that the British and American people are mostly descended from these supposedly missing tribes. Various supporting arguments have been presented including alleged linguistic connections and dubious interpretations of history and biblical prophecy.

The question should first be asked: from a biblical perspective, were any of Israel’s tribes ever lost? The short answer is no.

The scriptures repeatedly make the prediction that the descendants of Israel will be scattered throughout the nations [3] that in the last days they will be regathered to the land of Israel, leaving none behind [4] The dispersion has been fulfilled. Though scattered for more than two millennia the Jews have largely remained distinct and identifiable. Until recently assimilation has been relatively uncommon.

The biblically predicted dispersion is entirely different, however, from the concept of lost tribes as promoted by British Israelism. As we shall see, the lost tribe contention is without biblical support.

The Biblical Record

Following the kings Saul, David and Solomon, the kingdom was divided in the time of Rehoboam. Thereafter Judah and Benjamin were seen as the southern kingdom while the other ten tribes were frequently referred to as Israel, the northern kingdom.

The northern kingdom was invaded by the Assyrians around 722BC and many of its people deported [5] However, prior to the invasion many of the Israelites (…from every tribe of Israel…) were living in the southern kingdom among the people of Judah and Benjamin (I Kings 12:17; II Chronicles 11:3, 16). Large numbers from Ephraim, Mannaseh and Simeon had moved to the southern kingdom (II Chronicles 15:9).

Even following the Assyrian exile many Israelites were recorded as still dwelling among the people of Judah and Benjamin (II Chronicles 30:25; 34:9; 35:18).

Early in the 6th century BC the southern kingdom (Judah) was conquered by the Babylonians and a limited number of its people deported [6]

From the time of the return from Babylonian exile the terms Israelite and Jew began to be used interchangeably. Examples of returning Judahites referred to as Israelites include Ezra 8:35; 10:25 and Nehemiah 12:47. [7]

By this stage in the biblical narrative the notion of lost tribes has been exposed as a myth. Proponents of British Israelism will frequently teach that Judah (”the Jews”) returned to the Holy land while the ten tribes (”Israel”) somehow became lost. The Bible, however, reveals that there was significant intermingling of the twelve tribes. By the time of the return from Babylonian exile all twelve tribes were represented both within and outside the land of Israel. One of the fundamental flaws of British Israelism (and Two House Theology) is the insistence that Israel and Judah remained distinct.

The New Testament meaning of Israelite and Jew

As should be expected, the New Testament continues to use the terms Israelite and Jew interchangeably.

Peter, In Acts 2, addressed his kinsmen as fellow-Jews in verse 14 but men of Israel in verse 22. Paul explicitly calls himself both an Israelite [8] and a Jew [9]

Throughout Romans, Paul uses Israel and Jew interchangeably. He freely moves between statements distinguishing Jew and Gentile [10] and Israelite and Gentile [11] . If these terms are given the meanings assigned by Two House Theology some of Paul’s propositions become meaningless or confused [12] .

None of the twelve tribes was considered lost in the first century. James knew that there were believers among all twelve tribes and that many were living in the Diaspora (dispersion). He began his letter to those Jewish believers …to the twelve tribes scattered among the nations, greeting… [13] . Jesus’ listeners in John 7 clearly understood that many of their people remained scattered among the Gentiles [14] .

The prophetess Anna, mentioned by Luke, was of the tribe of Asher, one of the supposedly lost tribes [15] .

The notion of lost tribes is found to be without biblical basis.

Two House Theology – A New Spin On An Old Error

Two House Theology appears to be established largely in the fringes of the Messianic movement. While it is not classic British Israelism it does draw from many of the same ideas.

Essentially, it is argued that those Gentiles who become believers are in fact mostly Ephraimites -that is, they are directly descended from Ephraim, Jacob’s grandson, which of course would make them Israelites. Thus it is largely only Israelites and so called Judahites who are coming to saving faith in these days. :”(The obvious question arises: what about the “Gentile Gentiles”? A major provision of the Abrahamic covenant was that all the families of the earth will be blessed through Abraham (Gen 12:3). Paul later refers to this statement as the gospel announced in advance (Gal 3:8). Plainly, millions more Gentiles than Jews have come to faith in Messiah. THT, while not absolutely denying that some Gentile believers are in fact Gentiles, seems to have very little to say about Gentile salvation. Is
this revenge for replacement theology?)”:

One of the key texts to which Two House Theology appeals is Genesis 48:19 [16] . In this scripture Ephraim is prophesied to become melo hagoyim -a multitude of peoples or nations. It is argued that this is a prediction that the descendants of Ephraim would one day become separate national identities distinct from those we today identify as Jews.

It is taught that these Ephraimites have till now been unidentifiable. It is said that their recognition as Israelites and their union with the “Jews” is a prelude to Israel’s ultimate restoration.

It is true that Genesis 48:19 does use the Hebrew word goyim -the plural of goy, the word normally translated as Gentile or nation. The fundamental error, however, is in the assertion that this word always and only ever refers to Gentiles
will be the father of a multitude of clans and so he was. His prominence is seen in that after the division of the kingdom, his name was often synonymous with the whole northern kingdom of Israel.” Dr Arnold G Fruchtenbaum, Ariel Ministries.”>[17]
We shall see that this is an error fatal to the system of Two House Theology.

Genesis 12:1-7 records the announcement of what has come to be known as the Abrahamic covenant. In this passage God promises to make a great nation of Abraham’s physical descendants -a clear reference to Israel. Even in this passage the word used is goy.

Another clear example is Jeremiah 31:36 where the Lord promises that Israel will always exist as a nation before me. Again, the word is goy.

Zephaniah speaks of the Jewish people regathered for judgement and, ultimately, for great blessing. He speaks of Israel as a goy in Zephaniah 2:1 and 9.

While it is true that goy normally refers to Gentiles (i.e. those who are not physically descended from Abraham, Isaac and Jacob) that is not always the case. As such, another of the presuppositions of Two House theology is found to be false.

Again, all belief systems are based on certain assumptions. Two House Theology is premised upon a number of significant errors. Its misunderstanding of the biblical usage of goy and goyim is one such error.

The Ekklesia (or Church [18] ) – A Distinct New Entity Or Simply New Covenant Israel?

Replacement Theology, in its many forms, has long confused the two biblically distinct entities Israel and the church. From the time of Augustine and his damaging doctrines [19] , and before, the church has been seen as the new Israel -effectively disenfranchising ethnic Israel of its covenants and ushering in centuries of heresy and antisemitism within Christendom.

A plain reading of scripture reveals a clear distinction between the two entities: Israel as those who are physically descended from Abraham, Isaac and Jacob [20] ; the ekklesia (or church) as those Jews and Gentiles who, since Acts 2, have come to saving faith in Jesus the Messiah.

While replacement theology effectively displaces Israel, Two House Theology denies and displaces the ekklesia.

Two House Theology, consistent with its other errors, sees the ekklesia as simply “new covenant Israel” [21]� . It teaches that supposedly Gentile believers within the ekklesia are in fact mostly unrecognised Ephraimites, Israelites)  [22]� . These “Israelites”, by uniting with the believing Jews in the church “Judah”, are reuniting both houses of Israel -hence Two House Theology. One error leads to another. Confusion regarding origin and terminology inevitably creates confusion regarding the identity of Israel and of the church.

Scripture teaches that the ekklesia or church is a truly new entity. Paul speaks of Jewish and Gentile believers united in one body [23] . Union of this kind was impossible before Messiah’s death [24] . We are now heirs together and sharers together [25]

Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit Paul describes this entity with the Greek word kainos [26] -what is new and distinctive as compared with other things; new in kind. He describes the concept as a mystery [27] -that is, something that was formerly unrevealed but now has been made known [28]� The church is a truly new entity.

Paul tells his Gentile readers [29] that they were formerly excluded from the commonwealth of Israel [30] . What he does not say is that Gentile believers have now become part of Israel [31] . Rather, he teaches that Gentiles have been made members of a new entity, variously described as the body of Messiah [32] , one new man [33] , the household of God [34] , the ekklesia (or church ) [35]� . It is precisely this teaching that Two House Theology describes as an unscriptural doctrine of hell [36] .

A Foundation Of Sand

The errors of Two House Theology are not limited to those outlined above. Other areas of concern include claims of obedience to Mosaic law [37] (obviously highly inconsistent and selective observance). There also appears to be partial acceptance of orthodox (rabbinic) Judaism [38] -a belief system that by biblical definition qualifies as antichrist religion [39] .

The purpose of this short paper has been to address a number of Two House Theology’s key presuppositions. If these have been recognised to be false then the system can be, and should be, rejected. Those in positions of leadership within the ekklesia are obliged not only to teach sound doctrine, but also to identify and refute that which is false. [40] Two House Theology is the kind of movement that should be strenuously opposed. True shepherds will protect the flock from wolves [41]� Sadly, many of today’s shepherds are merely hirelings and willingly tolerate wolves -or worse, feed the sheep to the wolves.

It is heartening that in recent years many thousands of Jews and Gentiles have come to recognise the Jewishness of the scriptures and of Messiah Himself. It is tragic, however, that so many subsequently embrace errors such as Two House Theology that exploit the pride and insecurity of believers.

In these days of increasing deception believers need to devote themselves wholeheartedly to the proclamation of Jesus’ Messiahship and to sound, biblical discipleship. Winds of doctrine such as Two House Theology serve only to distract, disable and divide.

Linknotes:

  1. – Also known as The Ephraimite Movement
  2. Your Arms To Israel Doctrinal Statement,Various, Moshe Yoseph Konuichowsky
    Various, B’Nai Avraham Messianic Congregation
    Various, Eddie Chumney
    The Mystery of the Gentiles, Joy Jacobs
  3. – e.g. Deut 4:27, 28; 30:1; Jer 30:11; Micah 5:7, 8
  4. e.g. Isa 11:11,12; Jer 16:14,15; 23:3-8; 31:10; Ezek 11:17-19; 39:28; Zeph 3:20
  5. II Kings 17:6
  6. Jer 52:28-30
  7. – In light of the aforementioned texts, I Kings, II Chronicles, Jeremiah, many of Nehemiah’s references to Jews necessarily include some non-Judahites.
  8. Romans 11:1; II Corinthians 11:22
  9. Acts 21:39; 22:3
  10. e.g. Romans 1:16; 2:9-3:1; 3:28-30; 9:24; 10:12; 15:8,9,27
  11. e.g. 9:30; 11:11-14; 11:25-26
  12. e.g. Rom 11:11 …through their, Israel’s, fall, salvation has come to the Gentiles to provoke them to envy… THT teaches that most Gentiles who come to saving faith are in fact Israelites. As such, Paul’s statement is rendered meaningless.
  13. James 1:1
  14. John 7:35
  15. Luke 2:36
  16. …but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations.
  17. Goy: “…in early usage, it was used of a nation, a people, a tribe, and even a clan. Thus the point of Gen 48:19 is that Ephraim
    will be the father of a multitude of clans and so he was. His prominence is seen in that after the division of the kingdom, his name was often synonymous with the whole northern kingdom of Israel.” Dr Arnold G Fruchtenbaum, Ariel Ministries.
  18. The English word church is probably a poor and unfortunate choice to translate the Greek ekklesia. The primary meaning of church in many English dictionaries is: edifice for public Christian worship. Significantly, this is a meaning the scriptures never assign to ekklesia. For this and other reasons some prefer not to use the term church.
  19. Augustine 354-430. Amillennialism: “…second major factor which prompted the rejection of premillennialism was the teaching of Augustine… …he developed… …new view which became known as amillennialism.” Renald E Showers, There Really Is A Difference, p132; promoted Mariolatry; consented to death penalty for those who submitted to believer’s baptism; etc
  20. A Gentile believer is a son of Abraham by faith e.g. Gal 3:29, Rom 4:11,16. This does not make him a Jew, however. Biblically, Jewishness is a matter of physical descent from Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
  21. – Your Arms To Israel Doctrinal Statement
  22. – Your Arms To Israel Doctrinal Statement
  23. I Cor 12:13; Eph 2:16
  24. Col 2:14; Eph 2:14, 15
  25. Eph 3:6
  26. Eph 2:15
  27. Eph 3:4-6
  28. – Greek: musterion see also Romans 16:25-26; Col 1:26
  29. Eph 2:11; 3:1
  30. Eph 2:12
  31. Romans 11:17 and 24 teach that Gentile believers are grafted into a tree belonging to Israel. It does not teach that Gentile believers become spiritual Jews.
  32. I Cor 12:13, 27; Eph 4:12; 5:23
  33. Eph 2:15
  34. Eph 2:19
  35. Eph 1:22; Col 1:18
  36. Your Arms To Israel Doctrinal Statement
  37. B’Nai Avraham Messianic Congregation, About Us
  38. Eddie Chumney
  39. I John 2:22
  40. Titus 1:9; Romans 16:17
  41. Acts 20:28-31

How does Deckard deal with law and grace? He claims that Christians must follow the law. Not the whole law, just the feasts, new moons, festivals, tithing and the 10 Commandments. He says we should not listen to what the Apostle Paul had to say about these things, but we must turn to Jesus. Personally, I cannot find any disagreements between Jesus and Paul. Most Christians practice some form of tithing. I don’t believe it is a requirement, but it is not an issue to divide over. Most Christians have no issue with the 10 Commandments. Jesus summed them up for us in His “Law of Love”. “You shall love the Lord you God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength; and love your neighbor as yourself.”  For further illumination of how Deckard’s teachings present a false Christ, we turn to Steve Lumbley at Apostasy Watch:

Beware of the False Prophet Tom Deckard

If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder, And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them; Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Deuteronomy 13:1-3

What is the true test of a prophet of the Lord? Is it only that what he prophesies comes to pass? Many people today think so but according to this passage from Deuteronomy a false prophet can actually give an accurate prophecy or dream. He can claim it is from the Lord and according to the above verse he will be correct. It does come from the Lord.

What about prophets who make claims that don’t come to pass? Are those prophets always false prophets? What about Jonah? Would you consider Jonah a false prophet?  Jonah prophesied as instructed by the Lord. He went throughout Nineveh crying out, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown.” Was Nineveh overthrown in 40 days? Most people today would automatically label Jonah a false prophet since his prophecy did not come to pass within the 40 day period. (The prophecy did come to pass many years later. God simply delayed his judgment but there is no indication in God’s instructions to Jonah that delay was an option).

O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay [is] in the potter’s hand, so [are] ye in mine hand, O house of Israel. [At what] instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, and to pull down, and to destroy [it]; If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them. And [at what] instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant [it]; If it do evil in my sight, that it obey not my voice, then I will repent of the good, wherewith I said I would benefit them. Jer 18:6-10

So, how do we know a true prophet of the Lord from a false one? If a false prophet can prophesy the truth and a true prophet can prophesy a judgment that God delays or suspends entirely how are we to know?

The primary criteria we must use today to determine the true status of anyone who claims to speak for the Lord is this: what gospel do they proclaim? Are they preaching the true gospel that was preached from the beginning? Is it the gospel of repentance from dead works and faith in the death, burial, and resurrection in the Lord Jesus Christ? Or is it some other gospel. Are they using prophecy to lead us to serve other Gods? That is the question. That is the determination you must make before you accept any alleged word from the Lord.

…………because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 2Thes 2:10-11

Tom Deckard is the latest super star of The Prophecy Club. He has been heavily promoted by this group and has appeared with Stan and Leslie Johnson in several of Johnson’s so called “Power of Jesus” crusades.  Johnson repeatedly claims that Deckard has always been 100% accurate in his prophecies and that he is a “major prophet” who is walking in “more power and authority that any other guest at the Prophecy Club”.

In my research I have been unable to find one piece of independent corroborative evidence of this alleged accuracy. Many people defend Deckard with the claim that he is 100% accurate but all these claims seem to lead back to Deckard’s own self promoting words. It is possible that there is evidence available that I have simply not found or overlooked but even if his accuracy is somehow proven, remember, prophetic accuracy is no guarantee of truth.

Over the years the Prophecy club has been guilty of promoting many false teachers and men of questionable moral character. At the same time however they have brought forth some good teachers. Guilt by association is not enough by itself to label someone a false teacher but when we look beyond Deckard’s alleged prophetic ability we will see clearly a man leading many to follow after another Jesus.

There are many problems with Deckard’s teachings and beliefs some of which we will outline here. First, lets look a little closer at his association with Stan Johnson and the Prophecy Club. Deckard has not been merely another speaker on tour with the club, he has joined together with Johnson as a partner in Stan’s crusade scheme.

During 2006, the Prophecy Club held several ‘Power of Jesus Crusade’s” at cities around the U.S. The first problem with the crusade was that it was not freely given. Johnson charged admission for the 2 day event, typically $100 per person for early registration or $150 after a certain date.  Would a true prophet charge money in exchange for the word of the Lord? How about a prophet like unto Balaam?

Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward……..Jude 1:11

So, what could you expect for your $100 at the crusade? Well, for one thing you could “learn to prophesy”.  Is this scriptural? Can a person actually teach you to prophesy as if you were learning a second language or some other skill?

For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake [as they were] moved by the Holy Ghost. 2Peter 1:21

Seems to me the gift of prophecy comes as not by the will of man but by the will of God. Paul does say in 1Cor 14:39 that we should covet to prophesy but he is talking here of speaking by revelation. He does not say we should covet the idea of becoming a prophet. All Christians can speak by revelation and in that sense all can prophesy but not all are called as prophets. Peter prophesied when he spoke by revelation the words “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Mat 16:16) but Peter was not prophesying in the way it is being promoted at this event.

What else did Johnson and Deckard promise crusade attendee’s? How about a guarantee of a personal word of prophecy? That’s right, Johnson promised that if you would come to the crusade (and pay your admission fee) you would be able to get a personal word of prophecy from either Deckard, Johnsons wife, or Johnson himself.

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 2Peter 1:20

Once again we have Stan Johnson and Tom Deckard making a promise that they are not able to deliver. Prophecy comes by the will of God, not the will of man.

Let me make it clear that I am not a cessationist.  I believe that the gift of prophecy is available by the will of God in the true church today. I believe that the office of the prophet is still in effect in the church today, although I will say that probably 99% of those who claim to be prophets are nothing of the sort. But the idea that we can promise a person that at a certain time and in a certain place, God will speak something specific to that person and their situation is simply sorcery.

No where in scripture are believers instructed or encouraged to seek after personal words of prophecy from new covenant prophets. If you are a believer, you have the Spirit of Christ dwelling in you. (Romans 8:9). If you have been filled with the Holy Ghost you have the Spirit of the Living God himself dwelling in you (Romans 8:11). Why on earth would you think that you need to go to a man who claims to represent the God that dwells in you in order to hear from Him? Oh foolish Christians who hath bewitched you?

God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in times past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken to us by his Son……Heb 1:1-2

If God chooses to speak through a prophet so be it (Acts 21:10-11) but if you run after a man to get a word from the Lord you are coming dangerously close to denying the one who bought you. You deny the truth of the gospel that Christ dwells in you.

But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. 1John 2:17

Now, let’s look at Deckard’s own words to determine what gospel he is teaching and what God he is serving.

From Deckard’s website

Most Christians today think they no longer have to keep the covenant G-d made with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. They have been told they are under a new covenant. There is no place in the scriptures that tells us this. The only place anything is mentioned about a new covenant is in

Jeremiah 31:31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:

Is this true? Is Jeremiah 31:31 the only place in scripture that speaks of a new covenant? Well, not exactly.

The author of Hebrews certainly spoke of a new and better covenant.

But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. For if that first [covenant] had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second Heb 8:6-7

In the verses 8, 9, and 10 the author quotes Jeremiah 31:31-32

For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:  Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord. For this [is] the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:

In verse 13 he says again that this is a new covenant.

In that he saith, A new [covenant], he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old [is] ready to vanish away.

Further references to the new covenant are found in Hebrews chapters 9 & 12

And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions [that were] under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance Heb 9:15

The word translated here as testament is the exact same word that is translated covenant. It is the Greek word diatheke {dee-ath-ay’-kay}which means, a disposition, arrangement, of any sort which one wishes to be valid, a compact, a covenant, or a testament. The King James translators translated this word as both covenant and testament throughout the scriptures.

And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than [that of] Abel. Heb 12:24

So, it appears that the author of Hebrews disagrees with the prophet Deckard. Where else might we find reference to a new covenant or testament? How about the words of the apostle Paul.

Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. 2Cor 3:6

Here in 1 Corinthians Paul quotes the words of Jesus to establish a new covenant.

After the same manner also [he took] the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink [it], in remembrance of me. 1Cor 11:25

Finally we have the words of the Lord himself establishing in his own blood the new covenant.

Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup [is] the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you. Luke 22:20

‘Prophet’ Deckard claims that nowhere in scripture do we find any reference to a new covenant other than Jeremiah 31:31. What do you think?
Here is a question for you. Can a man be a true 100% accurate prophet of God yet be so inaccurate in his teaching of God’s word?  What good is it to be 100% accurate in prophecy if you cannot even understand the most basic truths of Christianity?

Now we will begin to explore the real purpose behind Deckard’s false view of scripture. I have listened to many hours of Deckard’s teachings and several interviews with the man and I can tell you that he has virtually no regard for or understanding of the writings of the Apostle Paul as they relate to the fulfillment of the Law in Christ.

Again, here is a quote directly from Deckard’s website:

Who are His Children…

Revelation 12: 17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Who are His Children? Those that keep both the Law and confess Yeshua (Jesus) as Moshiach (Messiah). These are His children and He will do whatever is needed to protect them.

But who does the scriptures say is a child of God?

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. Rom 8:14

What does the scripture tell us about trying to keep the law of Moses?

Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. Gal 5:4


What was the purpose of the law?

Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster [to bring us] unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.  But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. Gal 3:24-25

The law was given for the express purpose of bringing us to Christ. Once we have come to Christ we are no longer under the law. This does not mean that we are free to break the law. What it means is that the requirements of the law are fulfilled in us as we abide in Christ. It means that the law is completed in us and that if we will live in Him and be led by His spirit we will not have to worry about breaking the law either internally (in our hearts) or externally.

Christ said:

Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. Mat 5:17

Therefore if Christ be in us and we be in Him the law is fulfilled in us as well.

That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Romans 8:4

The law was our schoolmaster pointing out the lusts that dwell in our flesh. But in Christ we no longer have to look at a set of rules to live by. All we need to do is learn how to be led by His spirit and we will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh.

This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. Gal 5:14

Even Peter, James and the other elders at Jerusalem knew that the Law was impossible to keep. They called it a yoke and specifically said that it was not God’s will to put the Gentiles under that yoke.

Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they. Acts 15:10-11

The elders of the church in Jerusalem gave a few instructions to the new gentile believers, none of which included keeping the Sabbath, the feasts, the new moon, the tithe, circumcision, or any of the other 613 laws of the old covenant.

Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God: But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and [from] fornication, and [from] things strangled, and [from] blood. Acts 15:19-20

This was all that was required of new Gentile believers. ‘Prophet Deckard’ on the other hand wishes to add a portion of the law to those who believe. Here is another quote from Deckard’s website

Let me say that I do not believe that we are to keep all the law today. Many of the laws could not be kept because of the difference of times we now live in. The battle over whether the 10 commandments can be in our federal buildings is the law that G-d gave to Moses. The statutes and judgments were only explanations of the 10 commandments. Don’t get hung up on thinking I am advocating that the church keep all 613 laws. Paul is not where we need to focus our attention concerning this. Jesus is the one we need to turn to see what he has to say on the subject.

Deckard says that the only parts of the Law we must keep today are the feasts, the Sabbath, and the new moon.  What does the scripture say about keeping part of the law?

For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law Gal 5:3

Now you know why Deckard tells us not to focus on the words of Paul. The words of the apostle Paul prove that Deckard’s teaching is dead wrong. Paul is saying specifically that if one attempts to keep even a small portion of the law (as Deckard claims we must) he is obligated to keep all of it.

For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one [point], he is guilty of all. James 2:10

James here says that if you attempt to keep the law yet fail in any way to keep even the smallest point of law you are guilty of breaking all the law.

Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power Col 2:8-10.

Paul says we are complete in Christ.

Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath [days]: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body [is] of Christ. Col 2:16-17

The feasts, Sabbaths, and new moons are just a shadow of the fullness which is in Christ Jesus. Which would you rather have, a picture of a sirloin steak or an actual sirloin steak? 

How can Deckard, if he is truly a prophet of God, claim that we don’t have to keep all the law but only a portion? The truth is he has no scriptural basis for his claim whatsoever. He is adding the works of the law to the grace of God. This is heresy.

Now we see where Deckard is going with this. Now it becomes clear that he is leading people to follow a false Jesus just as God warned in Deuteronomy 13.

From Deckard’s website

The Blood Must be Properly Applied…

The blood that Yeshua (Jesus) shed was our ticket to permit us to enter into Heaven. If the blood of Yeshua (Jesus) was enough in it’s self to protect us then we as Christians would not have to worry about sickness or plague. The problem is His blood was not enough. (emphasis added) Christians are sick and not protected as those who kept the Law were in the days before Yeshua (Jesus) came.
Do you see that? Deckard states outright that the blood of Jesus was not enough. If the blood of his jesus is not enough he is following a false jesus. The blood of the Jesus that I follow is sufficient to cleanse me from all unrighteousness and take away every sin and the effects of sin which includes sickness and disease.

Look at his statement again. He says that those who kept the law before Jesus came were protected from sickness and plague. If that were so, why did Jesus spend so much time healing sick people? The people he healed were law keepers. They were God’s covenant people. Deckard claims that keeping the law protected them from sickness but the very works of Christ make this claim manifestly untrue!

Why were those people not protected from sickness? For the same reason most of God’s new covenant people are not protected. They kept the law externally but they were unable to keep it internally. They failed to keep the law in their hearts and so do we today.

The vast majority of God’s people today walk not in the Spirit but strictly after the flesh. Therefore they reap the results of walking in the flesh which is death.

For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death. But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not [in] the oldness of the letter. Romans 7:5-6

For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded [is] death; but to be spiritually minded [is] life and peace. Romans 8:5-6

When we fail to abide in Christ and allow Him to dwell in us we are walking after the flesh. Paul said that many are sick and some even die prematurely because we fail to discern the body and the blood of the Lord.

Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink [this] cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of [that] bread, and drink of [that] cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. For this cause many [are] weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. 1Cor 11:27-30

This is the very essence of the new covenant. The covenant spoken of by Jeremiah. The new covenant in which God promised he would place his laws (instructions) in our inward parts, in our minds and hearts. He said each of us from the least to the greatest would be able to know our God and hear from him ourselves. This is the new covenant spoken of by Christ, and by Paul in which we are each able to be led by the Spirit of God himself.

Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, [that] shall he speak: and he will show you things to come. John 16:13

By his own words we see that Tom Deckard is a false teacher attempting to bring God’s new covenant people back into the bondage of the old covenant law.

Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law? For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise. Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar. Gal 4:21-24

For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all. Gal 4: 25-26

So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free Gal 4:31

Do not listen to anyone who attempts to add to the grace of the Lord Jesus. We are not saved by the works of the law but by faith in the shed blood of Jesus. Judaizers have been a problem for the church since the time of Paul. His instructions to the believers of Galatia are still valid for us today.

Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. Gal 5:1

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The Law is not Faith and  Beware of the Judaizers

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2 Responses to False “Prophet” Tom Deckard

  1. navyguns says:

    Reblogged this on The Truth About the Gospel and commented:

    Here is a link dedicated to exposing Tom Deckard. He is an admitted serial adulterer who is not qualified to be a minister in the body of Christ, much less a “prophet”. Please pray for those that are caught in his delusion. http://www.freedomfromthelaw.com/tom-says—god-says–2.php

  2. union3245 says:

    Here’s another link: http://www.prophettomdeckard.com for even more information on Prophet Tom. He is sequestering his members to buy membership to an Middle Caicos Island to escape the “Great Tribulation.”

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