False Prophets Are Threat to the Church
“But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.” (2 Peters 2:1 KJV)
When you accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, what have you done with your old self? Of course, you transform yourself for his glory. You become righteous and you turn your back on wrongdoings. A true Christian veers away from the works of the evil. You must hate sin and must do everything for God’s glory.
False prophets are sure to exist. They disguise themselves and preach their own teachings Prophets of God are able to refer everything that they speak back to the word of God. As a true child of God, the existence of false prophets is not something that should be taken lightly. They are a threat to the Church. Jesus warns us in his sermon on the Mount about false prophets. He describes them as wolves in sheep’s clothing. They shouldn’t be tolerated or ignored for they lure their victims with their tongue.
Their persistence to preach misleading teachings poisons the mind of people. Even believers who are not constantly inclining to God’s word become victims. The Lord said in Matthew 7:15-20, “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.”
So, what are these fruits? How can you know these fruits? The answer is simple. Check the messages they convey. The fruit of false prophets is easy to spot. If they preach themselves and not Christ, then consider them beasts.
False prophets will preach you misleading teachings, but pay attention to the word “Christ”. They will surely not preach concisely about what Jesus Christ is, because they themselves do not believe in him. Check their messages. They are likely to preach about their lives, victories, dreams, visions, ideas, and success. They share their insights for you to follow them and be successful in your life. They make disciples, and they draw their disciples after them.
Are you in a church where your priest is preaching mostly of himself? Then, choose a different church. The Holy Spirit will not reside in that church. Christ should be preached not only in the church congregation, but even in the public. He deserves to be known by everyone.
Now if you find yourself in a church where Jesus is exalted and adored for what he has done on the cross, then rejoice. You are in the right place.