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Samuel A CainBut false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. (2 Peter 2:1)

Jesus warned us to “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.” (Matthew 7:15 ESV) False prophets secretly bring destructive heresies into the church. They often deny Jesus. Because of their fleshly desires, the way of truth is blasphemed. They are covetous and manipulate people with their false words. (2 Peter 2:1-22 ESV) God did not send them nor command them nor speak to them. False prophets speak from the deceit of their own minds. (Jeremiah 14:14-16 ESV) “They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption.” (2 Peter 2:18-19 ESV) They pervert the grace of God into sensuality and teach a false Christ. (Jude 1:4 ESV)

Jesus said, “See that no one leads you astray.” (Matthew 24:4 ESV) We can lead people astray by simply repeating false teachings. If we love Christ, we love the truth of His teachings and must give account for every word we have spoken.

falseshepherdBy faithfully reading and studying God’s Word, we become aware of true and false teaching. The Christian is transformed by renewing his mind, that by testing he “may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2 ESV)

The devil constantly parades false teachings and false doctrines before us. He hopes to divert us from the truth of the Scriptures. Satan desires our souls. We must oppose him with the Word of God. Beware the men who preach and teach new things. They are sent to compromise our faith. Trust in the Word of God as found in the Bible.

 Read the Scripture and pray. Examine teaching and preaching in the light of the Word of God. The Holy Spirit guides us into all truth. (John 16:13 ESV) “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. (1 John 4:1 ESV) “For such persons [false teachers and preachers] do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive.” (Romans 16:18 ESV) False prophets lead the people away from God’s Word by encouraging a false exegesis (explanation) of Scripture. Their way leads to destruction because they speak and act without biblical boundaries. The Gospel and Jesus Christ take a back seat to the glory (showmanship) of the false prophet’s deception. Keep in mind this quote from A. W. Tozer:

“Beware of any man who claims to be wiser than the apostles or holier than the martyrs of the Early Church. The best way to deal with him is to rise and leave his presence!” (A. W. Tozer, Renewed Day By Day – A Daily Devotional)

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