Here’s the thing that a lot of Christians either don’t talk about or ignore. The issue of false prophets. This is something we should be talking about and here’s why. False prophets will deceive you and sometimes they do this without even realizing it. 2 Peter 2:1 tells us that there false prophets among the people, as there will be false teachers among you. What is a false prophet? A false prophet is a person who is viewed as illegitimately claiming charismatic authority within a religious group. The individual may be seen as one who falsely claims the gift of prophecy, or who uses that gift for demagogy or evil ends. A false prophet may not even realize that he or she is a false prophet but it’s quite dangerous to those who aren’t familiar with the Bible or are looking for the truth and may find that what this person is saying makes sense and that’s dangerous.
Matthew 7:15 Be on the watch for false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inside they are cruel wolves. How exactly do we know who these false prophets are? It’s not like they’re wearing a sign or anything. If you have a basic knowledge of your Bible they’re not hard to spot. They will give you an idea of theology and a verse that backs it up. Here’s a recent example that I discovered. Revelation 20:11-12. When you die and aren’t saved have no fear because this is where you will be given the chance to accept or reject Christ. You can live you’re entire life rejecting God and the gift of Salvation and you will get an opportunity to receive Christ because let’s face it God isn’t a cruel God, he won’t allow his creation to suffer. You with me? Isn’t that a wonderful statement. When you read that doesn’t it make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside? Too bad it’s false. Read verse 15 out loud. And if anyone’s name was not in the book of life he went down into the sea of fire. Wait, what about that second chance? It doesn’t exist and do you really want to know why? We’re given every chance to accept Christ as our personal Savior throughout our life but when we die God says depart from me I never knew you. In the Bible it doesn’t say I realize that you were too busy to accept me throughout your life and you pledged an unwavering loyalty to Satan or were an atheist but hey I’m a fair God what about now?
You see how dangerous false prophets can be? There are entire religions who take the Bible out of context to fit their own beliefs and agendas and who suffers for it? Those who don’t have a real knowledge of the truth. They readily accepted these teachings without even testing them. Throughout my search of the perfect religion and even truth I have come upon a variety of religions that sound really really good but they fall apart when you test them against the Bible. They crumble like a house of cards when you start to see the surrounding verses that don’t line up with what they’re saying. I’m not going after various religions or recruiting anyone for mine because I have rejected the religions that man has created and gone nondenominational. Why did I do that? So that my thinking, and spirituality isn’t influenced by man made dogma and theology. We spend so much time defending our religion that we tend to put Jesus in a corner and forget about him.
As Christians we should forget about defending what we are and promote who we are. We are the body of Christ. We shouldn’t say that we’re Baptist, Catholic, whatever. The truth is that we are all sinners washed clean in the blood of Christ. We need to develop a relationship with Him so that we can expose false prophets as who they are. We have the tools to do this and that’s the Bible. By immersing our selves in it we can know the truth and tell when someone is lying, or even spreading doctrine that’s harmful to us. When I disconnected and started looking at various articles, and religious programs I did so with my Bible firmly open and the idea that I would test what they are saying against the Bible. So many are deceived yet they don’t have to be. We as true Bible believing Christians can separate fact from fiction and warn others. Never accept what others say without studying it on your own. Does the sermon or article follow the Bible to the letter or does it fall apart when you continue reading the following verses? You have to be careful and cautious because there is so much garbage out there and it’s costing a lot of Christians their lives and you can’t even say that they’re true Christians because they have a skewed view of religion.
The Lord wants me to challenge you, to wake you up. Test what your beliefs are against Scripture. What are your beliefs on Heaven, hell, Salvation. Use a concordance, use E-sword and most importantly pray and ask the Lord to guide you to the truth. If you begin to search and find that what you believe doesn’t line up with scripture don’t feel defeated! Take this as a second chance! Praise God that he lead you to this blog and renew yourself with the truth that God has shown you! God bless and praise the Lord for all that he has given us.