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Testing The False Prophets

There are many false teachers and false prophets in our world. There are people who claim to speak for God, but are deceiving millions. We have to be discerning to know what is truth and what are lies. John wrote:

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 (NIV)

If you are listening to someone claim to speak for God, do you know if they are telling the truth or if they are speaking lies? The best way to know if someone is a false prophet is to study the truth of God’s Word. Know the truth and the truth will set you free from the lies of false prophets and teachers. Don’t believe every preacher just because they’re on TV or the internet or writing a blog. Study the Word of God and learn the truth for yourself.

The Spirit Abides In Us

In John’s day, the antichrists about whom he was writing were trying to lead God’s people astray through false teaching. John said that the anointing of the Holy Spirit would teach those to whom He was writing and would continue to guide them into Truth. John said:

I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray. 27 As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him.​ -​ 1 John 2:26-27 (NIV)

Be careful when it comes to those you listen to when it comes to teachers and preachers. If God’s Spirit is warning you that what they are teaching doesn’t sound quite right, then search the Scriptures and judge correctly. God gave you His Spirit to lead you into Truth. Don’t ignore His Spirit, but instead allow the Spirit to guide you today.

Away From Me!

Good Monday morning to you! You would think that those who call Jesus, “Lord, Lord” and who do supernatural wonders in His name would be shoo-ins for Heaven.

Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ – Matthew 7:22-23 (NIV)

But in Matthew 7:21, Jesus said plainly that only the one who does the will of God will enter into Heaven. False prophets and teachers will claim that Jesus is Lord and claim to do wonders in His name, but in reality, they’re only in it for themselves. Remember, by their fruit you will know them. Judge a preacher, teacher or pastor by the fruit produced by their lives, not by their sermons, books or studies. After all, that’s what Jesus is going to do.

The Destiny Of False Prophets

Jesus concludes His teaching on false and true prophets with these words from Matthew 7:

A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. – Matthew 7:17-20 (NIV)

We can recognize a false prophet and a false teacher by the fruit produced by their lives. Inconsistency and hypocrisy are the fruit of false teachers and false prophets. Their destiny is destruction. Those who purposefully lead people astray with false teachings are destined to be cut off and thrown into the fire. When false teachers and false prophets spew forth heretical lies, God is listening. He will repay those who lead people astray. We must be on our guard against those who preach and teach lies. Instead, we must listen to the Truth of God’s Word with discerning ears and hearts. May the Holy Spirit be our guide.

Good Fruit/Bad Fruit

Good Wednesday morning to you! Jesus said that we can recognize a false prophet and a true prophet by the type of fruit that they bear. Matthew 7:16-17 (NIV) says:

By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?17 Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.

In Scripture, when the word “fruit” is used, it is used to describe behavior. Jesus is telling us that you can discern a false prophet from a true one by the way that they live and not just by what they teach. Hypocrisy and inconsistency are the hallmarks of a false teacher. If a preacher or teacher says one thing and does another, look out! False preachers and teachers will say anything to draw a crowd to themselves for the purpose of fame, wealth and glory. They’ll scratch itching ears with a watered down Gospel in order to get rich off of the backs of the people they’re supposed to be shepherding. Sheep, be careful who you are following and shepherds, be careful what you teach.

Watch Out!

Good Tuesday morning to you! One of my greatest fears is leading people astray when I preach and teach. I don’t want to be a false prophet or teacher. I want to make sure that I am handling God’s Word correctly and with great care. Jesus said:

Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. – Matthew 7:15 (NIV)

As followers of Jesus, we must be on our guard against those who are false prophets and teachers. There are preachers and teachers who will manipulate God’s Word and God’s people to make a buck or to feed their egos. The best way to guard against false prophets and teachers is to know your Bible. Spend time in God’s Word and listen to the Holy Spirit’s guidance. You’ll be able to discern between the truth and false teachings much easier. You will not be as likely to be led astray. False teachers and prophets will come and go, but the Word of God stands forever.

Ignoring Those Who Bring Division

I am convinced that God hates division.  Look at verses 4-5:

They have an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions and constant friction between people of corrupt mind​… -​ 1 Timothy 6:4-5a (NIV)

Paul was talking about false teachers to Timothy.  Paul told the young preacher that there were certain things he must teach and preach that have been found throughout this letter.  Paul says to Timothy that those who stir up division “understand nothing” (verse 4).  What they don’t understand is that God is one.  Father, Son and Spirit are all one and there is no division in the Trinity.  Therefore, there should be no division among God’s people.
Jesus prayed for unity among all believers in John 17.  Yet there is so much division in the church.  There is division with regard to race and ethnicity, gender, age, doctrinal beliefs and teachings and socio-economic status.  How we need to be united in the love of Christ!  Yet there are preachers and teachers who seemingly insist upon division based on their teachings.  They will argue, fight and quibble over the meanings of words as they stir up division with little regard for Jesus’ plea and prayer for unity.  Paul says that they are “conceited” (verse 4).  In other words, they’re full of themselves and not full of Christ.
So be very careful about to whom you listen.  If the preacher or teacher on TV, radio or in the pulpit causing division, have nothing to do with him!  The true Gospel of Jesus Christ calls us to love one another in spite of our differences and to work through them that we may be one in Him.
1 Timothy 6:2-5 (NIV)
These are the things you are to teach and insist on. If anyone teaches otherwise and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, they are conceited and understand nothing. They have an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions and constant friction between people of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain.

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