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Foundations For Our Future #141

Foundations for Our Future (141) 

by: The Rev. Dr. Jon Shuler

Recognizing False Prophets

The first steps of a true follower of Jesus should be to learn to “abide” in his word. When they do, they will “know the truth and the truth will set them free.” (John 8:31,32) When the word of Jesus abides in us, and we abide in him, we will not be led astray, or at least not for long. Like a bright shining light the truth of Jesus will guide us, or correct us. When that is our plumb line, no false prophet will delude us.

But the warning the Lord is giving us about false prophets (Matthew 7:16) could not be more critical now. All around us are voices that are not being guided by the Lord. Some are simply confused people, but some are positively determined to go against God. Even worse, some are speaking evil. What we must look for is “their fruits.” But what does that mean? Christ means the people who are following those who are false.

Absolutely the most central thing to look for is whether the followers are turning their lives over to Jesus and his teaching, or are they becoming followers of the person and his or her teachings? Are they reading his books and stopping there, or are they laying down his book going to the Lord’s word? Are they embodying the teaching Jesus gave or the teachings of others?

Without a doubt, the media sources that are surrounding most of us, are conveying the messages of false prophets. They are not dressed in religious garb, but they are leading the people of God astray.