Do-Gooders (Part 37)
Beware False Prophets
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.'
Matthew 7:15, 21-23 (NASB)
Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many.
Matthew 24:24 (NASB)
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. Thereby, they allow an increase in filth: like mold, rotting wood or grimy closets. Their houses might look good on the surface, but decay is a hidden health hazard.
What if these bad housekeepers were pastors and the rental agents were their elders? Could the occupants be called congregants who weren't home enough to notice the mess? Or maybe they preferred to ignore it. If so, we've got some corrupting churches, which is a Satan-inspired breeding ground for a deadly group God calls false prophets. Throughout His Word, He 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 in Rock-hard Words. Yes, He gives amazing Promises. But most of what I read confronts me: like He's breaking away selfishness, allowing what is good room to grow.
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.
To Be Continued...
* Previous 15-part AMTC Devotion series: The Church, http://amtcdevotions.org/the-church-part-1-introduction
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Do-Gooders series.