There were false prophets also among the people…
Jesus told us that there would be false prophets who would mingle in the body of Christ, (Matthew 7:15).
But first, let me tell you a story. Recently my friend and I went for a walk along the Dyke trail skirting the Great Blue Heron Reserve. This was her first visit there so I was showing her the colony nests high in the trees. This is the season for the blue herons to nest. We stopped to count the nests and kept finding more as we moved a few steps this way and that. So many new chicks that we knew were in the nests as they are too young to peek over the nest edge. What a beautiful day for a walk.
We witnessed a death that day. We heard a mother scream like no scream we had heard before. It’s still in my mind. We scanned the direction the screams came from and saw the culprit fly away. Initially, I thought he had threatened the nests but as we looked closer, we saw the chick in his talons. The bald eagle flew to his nest, just a few trees away, and devoured his prey. Our hearts broke at the cycle of life.
When we had arrived on the trail, we had seen the eagle in a tree and he seemed to be watching aimlessly but now we know that wasn’t the case. He was scouting his prey, looking for a swift snatch and grab. He found the weak one and made his move.
This whole scene brings to mind another scene. One all too common today. One that involves two main characters: the believer and the deceiver.
Enemy in the camp
Much is said in the New Testament about the deceiver and what he would look like. Jesus said in Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
A ravening wolf is one who is intent on devouring you. Does the wolf go after everyone or does he, like the eagle, scout out the weakest link, the person who is vulnerable to attack?
Peter taught that there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you (based on 2 Peter 2:1 KJV). We have been forewarned that there will be those among us whose goal is to deceive. They will twist the truth slightly until they have lured the believer away from the truth. We need to be careful of what we read, watch and listen to so we are not injected with twisted and partial truth along with outright lies.
Appearances aren’t everything
The eagle is a beautiful bird. Graceful in flight. Particular with its prey. He can spot a rodent or small rabbit from quite a distance and swoop down with accuracy to snatch it up.
The wolf is a beautiful animal as well. They roam in packs with an alpha male as their leader. They seek their prey, circling them, charging in and attacking them.
The false teacher has a beautiful smile, perfect hair, dresses well, and can make you laugh to put you at ease. Her use of Scripture is enough to give the message that she knows the Scriptures. But listen closely, some verses aren’t correct. Some interpretations are misleading. Once or twice, okay, but consistently every time you hear her, well, that’s intentional.
Let’s not be deceived by appearances but test the spirits as John tells us Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world, 1 John 4:1 KJV.
Examine our hearts
Sisters, we must examine our hearts, ensure we are walking in truth and in the light have not been persuaded otherwise. Why do I say this? Not to question your faith whether you are saved or not, but to ensure you haven’t been swayed from the truth.
Paul reminds us that For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also are transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works. 2 Corinthians 11:13-15 KJV
If the false teachers are among us, who is “us”? Them, over there in that church? Is it always “them”? It could be us. We need to be careful who we listen to. Whose books we read, whose music we hear and whose blogs we follow. Yes, even mine.
If you’re not sure of someone, Google their name with keywords that include false teacher or false doctrine. You’ll find many websites with both views, for and against. Read them all and with the Holy Spirit’s help, listen to His direction who you ought to be avoiding.
How will you know who is speaking the truth? Jesus said Ye shall know them by their fruits, Matthew 7:16 KJV.
We cannot go by feelings. We must test according to the Word of God. Take your time, don’t rush to make a judgment. Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to lead you into the truth. Just because someone looks nice, sounds nice, is kind and gentle doesn’t mean that they are not intent on luring you away with their brand of the gospel.
The truth will line up with Truth. Jesus said unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me, John 14:6 KJV.
If we each perform due diligence in ensuring we haven’t been duped by the deceiver, then we will be assured that the words we hear and read are words of truth.
Should you have any questions about false teachers, you can ask them of your Pastor if you have a home church. If not, I’d be more than happy to show you through the Word of God what He says about the subject.
Are you aware of any false teachers? Have you given thought to the enemy in the camp whose end goal is to deceive you? What direction are you taking to protect yourself?
What do you think about this? Is this something we need to concern ourselves with? Your thoughts are welcomed!
If you like this blog, how about checking out the many wonderful blogs at Salt and Light Link-Up hosted by Natalie Venegas? You’ll see a post by Gretchen Fleming called Satan’s Attack on the Mind and as you keep scrolling down, you’ll come to the Link-up where you will find links to other blogs. Enjoy!
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