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? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Matthew 7:15-18
We often hear Christians keep saying “Read Your Bible”, and there is a good reason for that. Once you start seriously studying your Bible, you start to realize there is alot of false prophets out there. You start to realize , pretty much every preacher on your TV, is not preaching the true gospel of Christ or most are not being obedient to The Lord.
Now at a quick glance, there people can be very deceiving. They use the name of Jesus to give their organization some legitimacy, they might even quote some scripture, of course out of context, but as Jesus said “They are wolves in sheeps clothing”. They are fake Christians, false prophets. And the Bible tells us Satan planted these wolves throughout the Church , the wheat and the tares (Matthew 13)
So how can we identify these false teachers? Jesus said “By their fruit you will know them” What are these fake ministries producing? As the old saying goes “follow the money trail”. Typically cult groups are driven by three things, money, sex, and power. The majority of these false teachers have large bank accounts and preach a prosperity gospel. They don’t preach a gospel of the cross. Most of these “ministries” if you do some digging, there are lots of hidden scandals, typically relating to sexual immorality. And most of the time, this charismatic leader has full power and control over its people and their worldviews.
These qualities are not Christ-like, in fact Jesus was the opposite of all of this, yet many of these “false prophets” claim to be Christ followers. As Jesus said “ A Good Tree will produce good fruit” and “a corrupt tree will bring forth evil fruit”. False prophets can be easily identified by their fruit. What are they producing for the Kingdom of God? Well you might say these “Mega-Churches” are bringing millions to Christ! The reality is none of these people ever heard the true gospel, they don’t even know the real Jesus of the Bible. None of them are Born Again, therefore these false prophets are leading millions to Hell.
Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Matthew 7:19-20
Many of these people would be shocked to hear these words by Christ “Everyone that produces bad fruit, will be thrown into Hell” now I’m paraphrasing here, but this is exactly what Jesus is saying here. Jesus said “Unless you are Born Again, you will not see the Kingdom of Heaven (John 3:3)
Be careful who you are listening to, including myself! Read your Bible, be led by the Holy Spirit, cling to the Good Shepherd, run to your Heavenly Father, Amen!