“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?” Matthew 7:15-16.
Satan’s greatest weapons are false prophets. We read this in the Bible and we listen to them on the television but because they throw in some scripture we don’t see them as false prophets. These false prophets won’t come in wolves clothing, they come in sheep’s clothing. If I can tell you how many times I have heard “well, none of them are completely right”. My response is this…if they don’t get the Cross of Jesus and what He accomplished right, they are a heretic. Strong but true. If they point us anywhere other than the Cross of Christ, get rid of them. I have said this before, you can’t go past the Cross. Our spiritual growth and sanctification remains at the Cross of Jesus, not in the psychology classes offered in the name of Sunday school. Discern the Sunday School classes today, are they studying the Word of God or pulling out a couple of scriptures to fit into their motivational speech. Is it pointing to what Jesus did or what you must do? The Word of God and the Gospel of Jesus is about Jesus…not about us.
You will know the false prophets by their fruits. Is the flock of sheep growing or the pack of wolves? False doctrine cannot bring forth good fruit. Look around at many of the mega churches in your hometown. There are thousands who attend these churches and they are the fruit of the prophets, false or not. Don’t misunderstand this as judging those sitting under these prophets. No, no, no! But you can discern the gospel being preached by the fruit it is bearing. Not long ago I was speaking with a friend who attends a mega church here in my hometown who is, shall we say, “unequally yoked”. During our conversation she made the statement that her kids go with her to church one weekend and with her husband to another church of another religion the next weekend and when they get old enough, they can decide for themselves which church they want to attend. She is the fruit of this church. I see pictures on Facebook that reveal the fruit of the false prophets and am burdened. Please understand, I am NOT judging them, perhaps they are happy in their false doctrine and God will judge them. It does appeal to their flesh after all. I am burdened for those who are truly seeking deliverance and the wolves, the false prophets, are seducing them with false doctrine. I pray for discernment for these brothers and sisters and that they follow the leading of the Holy Spirit and not man made schemes.
If your sin nature still has dominion over you and you are seeking deliverance, I pray for you to come to the understanding that faith in Jesus Christ and Him Crucified is the only way we are delivered from our bondages. When we are saved we are equipped to have dominion over our sin nature through the Holy Spirit because of our faith in Jesus’ finished work on the Cross. After salvation, the false prophets and seducing spirits try to place our faith in other things that SEEM holy in our eyes but are not in God’s eyes. Jesus Christ is the only One who is Holy in the eyes of God and it is because of our faith in Him, our unity with Him, that we are holy. When our faith is moved from Jesus on to these other sacraments and sacrifices, we no longer have dominion over our sin nature. We are still “equipped” if you will by the Holy Spirit, but we are not utilizing what, or in this case “Who” the Lord has given us to overcome our sin nature…the Holy Spirit. Because our faith has shifted, the Holy Spirit can no longer give us dominion. “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:2.
There is absolutely nothing that can pluck us from the Hand of God (John 10:29) unless WE allow it. The Lord is long suffering and will do everything He can to pull us away from man’s psychology gospel and back to His saving grace but we have to be seeking and willing to receive His Truth. Look around the pews Sunday morning, not with a judging eye but a discerning heart. What do you see? Do you see a flock or a pack? Do you see humble saints seeking deliverance or proud sinners seeking acceptance? Once you discern this, DON’T judge them but know they are the fruit of the prophet who is preaching. We will know them by their fruit. – Donna Warren