Why Did Jesus Say To Be On Guard Against False Prophets?

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Matthew 7:15-23

15 “Be on your guard against false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravaging wolves. 16 You’ll recognize them by their fruit. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17 In the same way, every good tree produces good fruit, but a bad tree produces bad fruit. 18 A good tree can’t produce bad fruit; neither can a bad tree produce good fruit. 19 Every tree that doesn’t produce good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 So you’ll recognize them by their fruit.

21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in your name, drive out demons in your name, and do many miracles in your name?’ 23 Then I will announce to them, ‘I never knew you. Depart from me, you lawbreakers!’

What type of damage can a false prophet do to you?

Every false prophet will come to you as a professing Christian [sheep’s clothing]. If he comes as he really is, he will have a very hard time deceiving you because it will be too obvious. They are really like vicious animals [ravaging wolves] which tear at the flesh so likewise, they tear at your faith to shred it to pieces. 

Jesus said that you have to be on your guard. To be on guard is to know the difference between what is the truth and what is false. In Matthew 4:1-11, when Satan tried to deceive/trick Jesus, Jesus only used the Scriptures to combat the lies that were being hurled at Him. What the Scripture does, it exposes what is false and keeps you from believing the lie, keeping you close to the Lord.  

The Lord said that you will be able to recognize them [the false prophets] by their fruits. 

[Bad Fruit] It is the person’s lifestyle based on their beliefs about God. They will teach and preach from what they perceive to be the truth. 

If you compare their fruit with Scripture, it will show you if they believe in the truth or in a lie. A false prophet will believe in a false Jesus, 100% of the time. Their life will reflect a dark path because it is not based on true love [having the Holy Spirit in your heart] but on self. For example, all false religions will disown and hate their friends and family if they disagree with their beliefs.

If a person accepts the Jesus of a false prophet, a Jesus that cannot save, that person will die in his sins. Everything that they do for the false Jesus, praying to him, preaching about him, casting out demons in his name, going to church who are worshipping that Jesus and other ministries would have spent their lives reflecting a false Christ. Instead of following God’s Word and doing the will of God, they would have wasted all their time on earth breaking God’s Word and teaching others to do the same, thinking that they are teaching the truth.

In Judgment Day, Jesus will turn to the ones who worshiped a false Jesus and say to them, ‘I never knew you. Depart from me, you lawbreakers!’ 

“I never knew you” means that Jesus never ever lived in their hearts and had a personal relationship with them because they never called upon the real Jesus but on a false one. 

By worshipping a false Jesus they were lawbreakers, in other words, everything they believed about the Bible was the reversal. What they deemed as the truth, was the lie, and what they deemed the lie, was the truth, thus breaking God’s Word every day.  

Friends, the truth will set you free and it is found only in the Bible. No other material has the very Words of God. If you seek the Lord through His Word, He will reveal Himself to you but if you seek Him through other materials [the Watch Tower magazine, the Book of Mormon, the Qur’an, and Catholic traditions], you will never find the right Jesus. 

 

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Extra-Biblical Text Is Satan’s Poisoned Bread

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Extra-biblical text [tradition or new teachings] is like eating poisoned bread
Matthew 4:4

4 He answered, “It is written: Man must not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

After Jesus was baptized and ready to begin His ministry, Satan came for an attack, to stop Him from doing the will of the Father.

What is interesting is that Jesus said four times, “it is written.” To defeat Satan, He never mentioned or quoted extra-biblical sources or Jewish traditions, but Scripture only.

Matthew 7:24-27

24 “Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain fell, the rivers rose, and the winds blew and pounded that house. Yet it didn’t collapse, because its foundation was on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and doesn’t act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 The rain fell, the rivers rose, the winds blew and pounded that house, and it collapsed. It collapsed with a great crash.”

In Matthew 7, Jesus reinforces the power of Scripture. The rain, the river rising, and the winds are in reference to a destructive force that will come your way to topple you. It is very clear that the meaning of the passages is in reference to spiritual attacks from demonic spirits to make the house fall which represents you from the rock which represents Jesus Christ whom we gave our lives to.

Jesus said that the only way to build our house [our lives] on the rock [Jesus Christ] is by Scripture alone. In 2 Timothy 3:15, it says, 15 and you know that from infancy you have known the sacred Scriptures, which are able to give you wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

The Word of God reveals the true God from all of the false gods of the world. It directs you to the truth, the path that leads to salvation. Jesus said in John 14:6 that He is the way, the truth, and the life…Jesus is the gate that leads to heaven.

The Scriptures gives you faith which is necessary for salvation…Romans 10:17 So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the message about Christ.

The devil will always without fail, introduce to you an alternative source [extra-biblical sources] for your spiritual walk to make you get off course. At first, it might sound biblical but eventually will teach you new ideas about Jesus, salvation, and how to please God that would be in disagreement with the Word of God.

A few examples:


The Jehovah’s Witnesses extra-biblical sources is called: The Watch Tower Magazine. It teaches you that Jesus is not God, but a created being who is the Archangel Michael. They also teach about Jesus…He is a god, not Yahweh, but a different god.

The Word of God teaches that Jesus is God [John 1:1, John 14:8-11, John 20:28].


The Mormons extra-biblical sources are called: The Book of Mormon, The Pearl of Great Price, and Doctrine and Covenants. They have 3 books which contradict each other. One says that God is Spirit, while the other says that Elohim is flesh and bones. Mormon’s doctrine teaches that you can become gods and can obtain your own planet.

The Word of God teaches against one becoming a god as that teaching comes from the devil himself [Genesis 3:1-5].


Catholicism: The Catechism. It teaches about salvation as follows:

The Catechism 846

846 ... He himself explicitly asserted the necessity of faith and Baptism, and thereby affirmed at the same time the necessity of the Church which men enter through Baptism as through a door. Hence they could not be saved who, knowing that the Catholic Church was founded as necessary by God through Christ, would refuse either to enter it or to remain in it.

“thereby affirmed at the same time the necessity of the Church which men enter through Baptism as through a door.” Works based salvation apart from Jesus Christ is taught here. The Catholic Church now becomes your Savior. Jesus said in John 10:9-10, 9 I am the gate. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will come in and go out and find pasture. 10 A thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance.

Jesus is the only door, not the Catholic Church, but those who want to be the door are said to be [verse10] thieves whose intentions are only to steal and kill and destroy your faith in Jesus Christ.

The Catholic church also elevates Mary as equal to Jesus. They teach that Mary can hear everyone’s prayer, Mary being sinless, Mary saving you, and Mary is your mediator. 

Tradition will always contradict the Bible. If we have God’s Word why do we need something else as if God is not enough for us? Tradition or extra-biblical sources’ purpose is to draw you away from God’s Word. It is to steer you in a different direction.

All you need is the text that is God-breathed, the Scriptures. Stay away from anything else that wants to take its place.

UnBiblical Interpretation Can Cause Havoc To Your Faith

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That is how Satan and the world interprets Scripture

 

Matthew 4:5-7

5 Then the Devil took Him to the holy city, had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple, 6 and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: He will give His angels orders concerning you, and they will support you with their hands so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.” 7 Jesus told him, “It is also written: Do not test the Lord your God.”

The Devil attempts to blindside Christians by making them believe an incorrect interpretation of Scripture. Once you believe a topic of Scripture wrongly, you will base your spiritual life on that interpretation which in reality is killing your faith. The best way to combat this demonic strategy is to make a habit of reading the whole Bible at least once a year and incorporate topical studies with deep prayer, asking the Lord for understanding.

Your best defense against this deception is to know the Scriptures very well so that you cannot be sideswiped. The way Jesus used the Scriptures in Matthew 4 is a model for us today. When you read some material like Calvinism, Arminianism, or anything with an ism in it, make sure that it does not contradict another verse that’s connected to that theme. If it does contradict, then reject that interpretation.

Another misinterpretation in the Bible or that gets overlooked is found in Hebrews 10:25 which says, 25 not staying away from our worship meetings, as some habitually do, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day drawing near.

I have come across believers who say or teach that you shouldn’t go to church. They actually call it an institution, mirroring the world which is against God’s house. They claim that all the churches are teaching error and cannot be trusted. Folks, this is the very definition of being spiritually quarantined. For further study on this, click on Demons Strategy: Quarantine

Those who believe in that think that keeping themselves from “ingesting” the purported error, have themselves swallowed Satan’s pill that attacks the part of the brain where faith in Christ is located. 

They have a big dilemma because if they paint with a broad brush all churches for coming into contact with some bad ones, they actually become that which they despise, a false teacher. Scripture commands us to go to church, so if that person says not to go, they are disobeying God’s Word. If on the other hand, they say that God told them not to go to church then they are making God contradict Himself. Whichever way you look at it, they are in error and if they preach that interpretation, they become false teachers. If you have come across someone like this, beware.

All false religion like the Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and Catholicism to name a few preach false doctrine, why? Because they have misinterpreted the Bible to say what they want to hear. That interpretation comes from none other than Satan and his fallen angels. 

Misinterpretation can severely damage one’s faith and steer one who is close to salvation away from a saving faith. Be careful.