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Matthew 7:13 “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.

Proverbs 14:12 There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.

Jeremiah 7:4 “Do not trust in deceptive words, saying, ‘This is the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD.’ 14:14 Then the LORD said to me, “The prophets are prophesying falsehood in My name. I have neither sent them nor commanded them nor spoken to them; they are prophesying to you a false vision, divination, futility and the deception of their own minds. 23:26 “How long? Is there anything in the hearts of the prophets who prophesy falsehood, even these prophets of the deception of their own heart,

Colossians 2:8 See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.

Matthew 7:15 (see above) warns people about false prophets in the context of there being but few who find the narrow gate and are on the narrow path. It gives the picture of a false prophet being a sheep who is guarding the other sheep, but underneath the sheep disguises itself is a wolf. The sheep, then, are in terrible danger. The one guarding the sheep is really a wolf and the wolf has no desire for the well-being of the sheep but instead the wolf wants the sheep for himself. He wants to eat them. This warning is from the mouth of Jesus.

It does not matter how right the words of the false prophet seem to be, the end of them is death. It does not matter how full of earthly wisdom the words of the false prophet have, the end of those words is death. It does not matter the degree of eloquence that the false prophet speaks with, the end of that eloquence is death. It does not matter how orthodox the false prophet is, the end of that orthodoxy is death. It does not matter how nice that false prophet is, the end of that niceness is death. It does not matter what accent that false prophet has, the end of that accent is death. It does not matter how evangelistic (false evangelism as a false prophet does) that false prophet is, the end of that evangelism is death. It does not matter how much evangelism the followers of a false prophet does, the end of their evangelism is death as well. It does not matter how wonderful the music is at the professing church where a false prophet is, the end of that music is death.

Simply put, all that a false prophet does is sin and whether the actions of the false prophet are religious are not, they are sinful. Jesus warned us to beware of these false prophets. The land of Israel was full of false prophets as well in those days. Could it be that the United States is full of false prophets as well? Could it be that the pulpits in our land are filled with a majority (vast majority?) of wolves and false prophets? Should it be such an enormous surprise if they are? Paul was dealing with false prophets in the professing church before he died. The nation of Israel, before that time, seemed to be taken over with false prophets at times and that included the time Jesus was on earth. People took the truth of the Old Testament and distorted and twisted it to make it acceptable to them. After the days of Jesus and Paul, the New Testament was twisted and distorted so it would be made acceptable to men. Could it be that in our day we have been so deluged with error that the truth seems strange?

Jeremiah seemed to be the only true prophet in his day. He was attacked by the false prophets and they would mock him. This is to say that the false prophets were in a form of unity against him and they were quite unified against him. False prophets may not always agree with each other on many things, but they will unite against the truth. False prophets will also speak in the name of the Lord as they did in the time of Jeremiah. They do not announce that they are false prophets, but they speak in the name of the Lord. Many if not most do not believe that they are false prophets. They are deceived as well. The message of the false prophet comes from the deception of their own minds and hearts (see Jeremiah 14:14; 23:26). When the false prophet speaks nicely, those are words of deception. When the false prophet speaks from the Bible, those are the words of a deceived heart and mind. When a false prophet speaks orthodoxy, those are the words of a deceived heart and mind that is using orthodoxy for evil purposes. Beware!!!!

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