Friday, June 8, 2018

How to recognize wolves in sheep's clothing

Many preachers are false prophets and wolves in sheep's clothing. They are the prosperity and grace preachers.

Jesus said:“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. 14“For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.

 15“Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16“You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? 17“So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. 18“A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. 19“Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20“So then, you will know them by their fruits.

21“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. 22“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?’ 23“And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’ Matthew 7:13-23.

Jesus warned us to stay on the narrow way, to obey His teachings and commandments, to repent of sin and sin no more. There will be no grace for believers who keep on sinning.

Many preachers declare that we are all sinners. They are bad trees that bear bad fruit. They lead the people astray and they will be cut off and burned.  Jesus never promised His followers prosperity or riches. He said that those who wish to follow Him must be willing to give up all their earthly possessions, deny themselves and follow Him until the end. He also said: “Truly I tell you, it is difficult for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”Matthew 19:23,24.

The gospel of Jesus Christ is about discipleship, self denial, holiness, righteousness and obedience to Jesus. Those who preach a different message are false prophets, wolves in sheep's clothing.

 May Jesus bless you.   

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