Have a Wonderful and Blessed Day!!! We are Warned Of False Prophets!!!
1John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
1John 4:2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
1John 4:3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
1John 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
1John 4:5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.
1John 4:6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
1John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
1John 4:8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
1John 4:9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
1John 4:10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
1John 4:11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
We are warned of False prophets. Of teachers bring lies, often times they can be so convincing they can even fool Bible teachers if we are not careful. Some of them are very intelligent. Keep in mind Satan knows the scriptures. A false teacher can be someone in Authority. I know Catholics reading this will get angry, however the Pope is one of the biggest false prophets. EVERYTHING he teaches is a lie. The following are just a few:
Purgatory there is no such place. 2Corinthians 5:8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. This is for the saved. Luke 16:23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
Confession Only one mediator between man and the Lord. 1Timothy 2:5
We can know if we are going to Heaven before we die.
We are not to worship Mary, The Pope just made Mary higher than Jesus.
This list could go on forever. If you read the Bible all things the Catholic church does is complete opposite of what the Lord tells us to do.
A false teacher can be anyone in a position of spiritual authority or claiming to be. Wolves don’t often attack wolves, but they do go after sheep. They bring destructive teachings and lies into the church, often, by telling people what they want to hear Jeremiah 23 talks a lot of this.
Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
Matthew 7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
Matthew 7:17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
“Beware” means to be on alert … to discern what is being said. False teachers take advantage of the fact that many people are not well educated in fundamental biblical truths. To detect a counterfeit, one must first know what the original looks like. It’s impossible to gain a clear picture of absolute truth without going directly to God’s Word. Unless one is firmly grounded in God’s Word and led by His Spirit, one can easily be led astray. I get frustrated when I try to warn someone and they start to name call, and I ask have you read the Bible; they say no but I know the Pope is perfect. No man is perfect. All Pastors, Priests, Ministers etc…are men, in the flesh and no matter how nice, and kind they have a sin nature. My Pastor will say “Go home and read what I talked about check on what I am teaching, don’t take my word for it.
What is so sad, many add to salvation. How do we get saved? It depends on who you talk to unless you talk to a true Bible believer. It is not Baptism, not passing out tracks, not being good(the Lord tells us nobody is good), not giving a lot of money to church, not where you go to church.
Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Ephesians 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
John 3:15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
John 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
John 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
Salvation is all to do from Our Jesus Lord and savior NOTHING from Us. Not works, not money, not denomination. He died and paid our sin debt in full. To say we can do something is calling him a liar. So to listen to a false Teacher say anything else is wrong, to believe anything else is sin. They say and charge for prayers after someone dies, what blasphemy this is so wrong on so many levels. First that soul is already where it is going to be for all eternity. Did Jesus charge for prayers?
WE HAVE A COMMAND WHICH IS BASED UPON A FACT – Test the Spirits……many false prophets have gone out into the world. Every Christian is commanded to be discerning about what they receive as truth. Not just Pastors/teachers school professors but every Christian. When we stand before the Father we will not be able to say that man on earth taught us wrong. We were told read the word, pray and ask questions, check what we are being taught.
Jude 1:2 Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.
Jude 1:3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
Jude 1:4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
WE ARE CAUTIONED ABOUT WHAT THE KEY ERROR IS IN A FALSE MESSAGE: By this you know the Spirit of God; every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; and this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world.
A false message is always wrong about one thing: Jesus.
We have many in our wicked world now that are denying Jesus in many ways. In the last year the Pope has said we don’t need to believe in the Savior to get to Heaven, which is such a lie. He has put Mary above Jesus. He has called Muslims loving. We have other religions mocking Jesus, and people are okay with that.
NOTE: Why would God allow us to be tempted by a false message?
· Always bothered by the fact that when Moses first appeared before Pharoah and caused the rod to turn into the snake that the magicians of Eqypt appeared to do the same thing. False prophets seem to be able to always put on a good show, why does God allow this? Deuteronomy 13:1 If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder,
Deuteronomy 13:2 And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them;
Deuteronomy 13:3 Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
Deuteronomy 13:4 Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.
Deuteronomy 13:5 And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; because he hath spoken to turn you away from the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to thrust thee out of the way which the LORD thy God commanded thee to walk in. So shalt thou put the evil away from the midst of thee.
Deuteronomy 13:6 If thy brother, the son of thy mother, or thy son, or thy daughter, or the wife of thy bosom, or thy friend, which is as thine own soul, entice thee secretly, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which thou hast not known, thou, nor thy fathers;
Deuteronomy 13:7 Namely, of the gods of the people which are round about you, nigh unto thee, or far off from thee, from the one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth;
Deuteronomy 13:8 Thou shalt not consent unto him, nor hearken unto him; neither shall thine eye pity him, neither shalt thou spare, neither shalt thou conceal him:
· JESUS SAID, My sheep hear My voice and follow Me.
WE HAVE A CHOICE OF WHOSE TRUTH WE WILL LISTEN TO: The World’s Or God’s. They are from the world, therefore they speak as from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God, he who knows God listens to us; he who is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.
There are two types of messages out there to listen to: A godly message or a worldly one.
There are many worldly messages in the church.
A worldly message centers around man and not Christ.
b. You can turn on many ‘so-called’ Christian ministries and turn to infomercials showing get rich quick schemes about real estate or selling some product and find the same spirit at work. The world wants to hear make me feel good messages. The world no longer wants to hear how to get close to Jesus. The world no longer wants to hear what needs to be out of their life but how much better they are than others. These messages are not what we are to be listening to, we are to be glorifying the Lord, and growing spiritually is one way to do so.
Philippians 3:17 Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.
Philippians 3:18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:
Philippians 3:19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)
Philippians 3:20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:
Philippians 3:21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.
Where can one look for wisdom?
Where understanding find?
Man does not grasp its value—
More than can be mined.
It can’t be bought with finest gold,
Silver, or jewels so rare.
Priced far beyond all rubies,
Nothing can compare.
Where then does wisdom come from?
Where understanding dwell?
God comprehends the pathway,
He alone knows well.
He views the ends of all the earth;
He sees the world He formed.
He has established wisdom,
Tested and confirmed.
Fear of the Lord is wisdom;
Seek it and you will find.
Cry out for understanding;
Let it fill your mind.
Search as for hidden treasure;
Look for it every day.
This is the path to wisdom;
Follow all the way.
Love and Prayers Cheryl