Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Commands of Jesus: Beware of False Prophets

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Interstate 29 runs through the town I live in.
Now I-29 can take me to Omaha (if I drive north) or to Kansas City (if I drive south) but it will not take me to Miami. All roads do not lead to Miami.

And I’ll tell you another destination to which all roads do not lead – Heaven.
That’s right. Contrary to popular belief – all roads do not lead to God any more than all roads lead to Los Angeles, or Paris, or … you get the picture.

And that is exactly why Jesus warned us about the falseness of false teachers.
Here is an excerpt from His Sermon on the Mount.

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit…. Therefore by their fruits you will know them. (Matt 7:15-17 and 20)

Jesus confirms it.
There is such a thing as “the wrong way.” We can be deceived. We can be misled.

Sometimes wolves clothe themselves in wool and make sheep-like sounds.
And because we can know a tree by its fruit, we must therefore keep an eye on what sprouts from the lives of those who claim to know the way. Not everyone is legit.

All roads do not lead to heaven; and many of those who are standing behind pulpits selling “maps” and giving “directions” are willfully ignorant, and others are just flat out liars.

So beware my friend. Drive carefully. And keep your eyes on the road - the right road that is.

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