I mean no disrespect to honest-to-God prophets. I just don't know any in order to make my apologies. Even so, I believe the gift of prophecy is alive and well.
The word of the Lord came to me:
“Son of man, prophesy against the prophets
of Israel who are now prophesying.
Say to those who prophesy out of their
‘Hear the word of the Lord!
This is what the Sovereign Lord says:
Woe to the foolish prophets who follow
their own spirit and have seen nothing!
Your prophets, Israel, are like jackals
among ruins. You have not gone up to the
breaches in the wall to repair it for
the people of Israel so that it will stand firm
in the battle on the day of the Lord.
Their visions are false and their
divinations a lie.
Even though the Lord has not sent them,
they say, “The Lord declares,”
and expect him to fulfill their words.
Have you not seen false visions and
uttered lying divinations when you say,
“The Lord declares,” though I have not spoken?
“‘Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord
says: Because of your false words and lying visions,
I am against you, declares the Sovereign Lord.
~ Ezekiel 13:1-8
How much heartache & folly could be avoided were the "prophets" in our midst be held to God's standard for wearing that title? They're either spot on, or they're not. And if they're not, then how about we dethrone them? It needn't be a showy display with tar & feathers, or a lynching; but a turning away of the ear; a removal of the laurel wreath we've placed on them. It can be done with great grace.
Dear friends, do not believe every spirit,
but test the spirits to see whether they
are from God, because many false prophets
have gone out into the world.
~1 John 4:1
I realize some among these are mis-guided. They believe they're doing & saying what they truly thought/think is God's proclamation. But oh, what a mess they often conjure. That's the trouble with false prophets: the deception actually begins in/with them. They are, as I said, misguided or self-deluded at best; deliberate deceivers at worst. It's either truth they convey; or it isn't.
Come to think of it, we've been warned. Under the heading of Apostasy, comes the sub-category of Great/Swelling Words. If spin is anything, it's all of that. Bleating becomes a growl.
“Beware of false prophets,
who come to you in sheep’s clothing,
but inwardly they are ravenous wolves."
~ Matthew 7:15