Beware of False Prophets

Beware of False Prophets

Christ warns us to watch for false prophets. Interesting warning, right? Shouldn’t it be obvious if someone is a false prophet? Well, it wasn’t obvious for Adam and Eve and it still isn’t necessarily obvious today.

False teachers often come disguised as “one of us” just like the proverbial wolf in sheep’s clothing; they claim to come in the name of God and may look the part but what they teach is either contrary to Scripture or takes the focus away from what Scripture teaches. They make themselves or our human nature the substitute for God.

It’s our responsibility to examine those who preach and teach and ensure they are following Scripture. And how do we do that? Our sermon text tells us in Matthew 7,

15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. 18 A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.

21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

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Prayer during a pandemic.

Almighty God, heavenly Father, give us grace to trust You during this time of illness and distress. In mercy put an end to the pandemic that afflicts us. Grant relief to those who suffer, and comfort all that mourn. Sustain all medical personnel in their labors, and cause Your people ever to serve You in righteousness and holiness; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

 

 

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