Some of these FALSE TEACHINGS AND DECEPTIONS are found in CULTS such as ISLAM, MORMON, JEHOVAH WITNESS, SCIENCETOLOGY, CHRISLAM (mixture of both Christian teaching and Islam teachings to blend together a false unity), and many others.....
Many were deceived themselves, and had no agenda. However, many of the so-called prophets profited immensely by selling books and other merchandise, and this is where the immorality of greed and deception came into play. One radio ministry used fear-mongering to sell thousands of preserved dinners, water purifiers, and other items for huge sums of money, and many deceived believers took out their life savings to stock up on such items. All of this has made the church a laughingstock and brought it into disrepute in the world. What, then, will happen if a real calamity is about to befall the world and true prophets attempt to give warnings? Is it not likely that the world, perhaps with good reason, will disdain what they say because of the falsity of the Y2K warnings? And let us not be further deceived with claims that a calamity was prevented; small businesses and foreign countries that made no preparations had virtually no disruptions.
All That Glitters is Not God
Again we are made a laughingstock. One dentist said that a man's claim to a supernatural metamorphosis of old silver dental work into shiny gold was actually his work. The pretender then claimed that he had forgotten the dentist had actually done the work. This dentist, not a believer, but having some modicum of common sense, thought that if God were going to perform such a miracle, He would have made the tooth a natural tooth, not a gold one.