Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves...
Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father Who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your Name, and in Your Name cast out demons, and in Your Name perform many miracles?' And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.'
Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many.
False prophets are seldom mentioned in church. It's easier to condemn the whole world than to root out evil behind closed doors.
Because deep cleaning is a grimy job, and some housekeepers try to avoid it. Superficially, their homes may look nice, but decay lies just beneath the surface.
What if these bad housekeepers were pastors, and their elders were building managers?
What if the occupants were congregants, but they weren't home enough to see the mess?
Or maybe they preferred to ignore it. If so, we've got some corrupting churches, which are a breeding ground for false prophets. Throughout His Word, God warns us against them.*
Actors, models and talent for Christ: 'Examine everything carefully' (1 Thessalonians 5:21), especially the church you attend. Don't settle for a charming pastor who pleases just about everyone. Because Jesus didn't work that way.
'Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for their fathers used to treat the false prophets in the same way' (Luke 6:26).
Unless you know a different christ, the One I know speaks Rock-solid Words. Yes, He gives amazing Promises... but they're tied to hard obedience.
As you rise on media's stages, its kings will confuse you if they can. So make sure your church is well-grounded. To know if you have a true pastor, you need to know the Truth for yourself. How? Learn His Lines and compare the two.
## Do-Gooders: Beware False Prophets (Part 37)
* Previous 15-part Devotion series: The Church, http://careylewisdevotions.com/the-church-part-1-introduction
NOTE: This series is a republished edit of a 2016 series called, 'Do-Gooders.' In these devotions, you may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' I have not changed this designation. Because in a greater sense, every disciple of Christ acts for Christ, models Christ and stewards His talents, from which God expects a profit.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Do-Gooders series.