In the seventh chapter of Matthew there is a warning

given by our Lord:

"Beware of false prophets, which come to

you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly

they are revening wolves." Matt 7:15

To quote A. W. Pink on the subject;

"If there be any verse in Holy Writ where

it is deeply important to observe (and heed)

its connection it is surely the one at

which we have now arrived."

Why are these false prophets so dangerous? Is it

because they may fleece the Christian of his or her

money? Is it because the attempt and succeed in bizarre

acts? No none of these are at the heart of why the warn-

ing was given. One of the major reasons is that the false

prophets are one of the chief factors in the apostasy and

destruction of Israel in the Old Testament days and the

church at the present time. Jesus declared that

"many false prophets will appear and deceive many

people. Matt 24:11

And some more

"For false Christs and false prophets will

appear and perform great signs and miracles

to deceive even the elect--if that were


I do believe here is where some of those ideas of the

bizarre come from; "great signs and wonders". But with

this also comes a far more subtle and dangerous teaching.

It could even be called their general characteristic. This

is that they try to make vital godliness and holiness to

be less strict and appear to be an "easier" thing and along

with this make it more agreeable to the fallen nature and

far easier to accept and be satisfied than with the True

Grace. In the words of St John:

"They are of the world: therefore speak

they of the world, and the world hearth

them" I John 4:5

The obvious is expressed by A. W. Pink when he stated

"People think they are teaching them the

way to Heaven, when if fact they are

conducting the way to Hell."

In addition to their subtlety there is still another danger

for the Christian. This is the willingness of something

inside of many Christians to not only hear but to accept

the "destructive heresies" as they are called by St Peter

in II Peter 2:1--3.

In the next section we will discuss some of the

heresies that have entered in the modern church and

some of their results. Be up in about two weeks.

As a parting remark may I please quote the Lord

on this subject;

"Enter through the narrow gate. For

wide is the gate and broad is the

road that leads to destruction, and

many enter through it. But small is

the gate and narrow the road that

leads to life, and only a few find





Some of the false prophets use modern philosophy and

psychology to move the person's mind from finding the truth.

Let me touch on one area, that of meditation. First, let's

define what meditation is. In Psa 1:2 the word "hagah" is

used, meaning "to ponder", and in Tim 4:15; the word

"meletao" is used meaning "to carefully revolve in one's

mind". All through the scriptures we see places where

meditation is used. In every case, though, and this is

IMPORTANT, "It is NOT OUR thinking OUR thoughts about God"

but "It is the transforming of OUR THOUGHTS by God's Word".

This concept is brought out by four important scriptures:

John 15:3

"Now you are clean through the word which

I have spoken to you"

Ephesians 5:26

"....... and cleanse it with the washing

of water by the word"

James 1:21

"Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and super-

fluity of naughtiness, and receive with meek-

ness the engrafted word which is able to save

your soul"

Romans 12:2

"....:but be ye transformed by the renewing

of your mind that ye may prove what is that

good and acceptable, and perfect will of

God. "

The false prophet teaches that we must EMPTY our minds

so that God can fill it with His thoughts. What takes place

is not what the person or God wants to happen. It is

generally an invitation to some disastrous events. This

type of teaching of the advanced techniques of meditation

involve many weird manifestations of the spirit world APART

from God. This type of meditation usually leads into one of

the basic eastern religions such as Zen Buddhism and

Hinduism which are supposed to help one reach greater

understanding. All of this generally results in many forms

of changing the level of consciousness or altering of it.

What happens to the subject is that he reaches various

transcendental states, where he feels like he is being drawn

closer to God.

For this is what, he is told, is the purpose of all of

this. Some of these Self-realization Fellowships will even

go so far as to admit to the existence of Jesus and will use

some selected teachings of His to make the experience more

real and that the person is experiencing a position much

closer to God. This use of selected teachings allows the

group to draw people to what they believe is very close to

Jesus, but yet by leaving out just enough so the person can

not experience the real Jesus or His love for them. The

experience of receiving the Holy Spirit can be, and is,

CLOSELY DUPLICATED. In some areas it may even seem to

exceed those feelings of the real experience. However, in

every case the result is that the person experiencing this

comes out of it with one of two feelings. The first is to

have severe frustration later on when the truth is realized

or, secondly, to end up thinking he or she has a form of

deliverance which is NOT a real form of salvation or

deliverance at all! Leaving the person with a false form of


There is still another form or result of this type of

meditation, which in the present form or time is far more

frightening or dangerous. This is when the meditation is no

longer controlled by the individual involved. In some cases

this form of emptying one's mind coupled with the use of

drugs renders the person involved totally under the control

of an UNWANTED spirit. Where this spirit leads the person

to can be even a more frightening experience. The problem

is that once this stage is reached escape is most painful

and not an easy thing to do. Many times those who are

hooked find that rather than experiencing the satisfaction

and peace they wanted, they find just the opposite.

In the next section we will look at another form of a

false prophet. This one appears to be very orthodox and to

have a real burden for souls. But in reality is leading

people NOT to Jesus Christ but to an eternal Hell.




Here we are going to meet the worst of the bunch. They

appear to be the most orthodox and pretending to have a burden

and fervent love for souls, yet they fatally deludeboth the

Gospel and the multitudes concerning the way of salvation.

These people paint an easy road to salvation contrary to

what Jesus says in Matt 7:13,14...

"Enter ye in at the strait gate; for wide is the gate

for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth

to destruction, and many there which go in thereat.

Because strait is the gate and narrow is the way, which

leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it."

It is the purpose of these people to distract people from

the narrow way and Jesus and cause them to focus on the

broad way which does not lead to anywhere. Some would take

the idea of a narrow way to be difficult,but this is not

true either. For Jesus said in Mark 10:15...

"And said Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted

and become as little children, ye shall not enter in

to the kingdom of heaven."

So simple that a child's mind can understand and embrace it

yet so narrow that in confounds many.

These false prophets make it seem so easy. One doesn't

have to forsake his or her evil ways. They do not have to

give up their worldly ways. Just set back and enjoy is the

message these proclaim.

Still another group has the idea that man through his

works and doing good can earn his place in heaven. Rituals

and special prayers and the good conduct or life of the

person is the key to heavens gate. Sometimes this is made

very subtle and convinces many.

Jesus says in John 14:6...

"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and

the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me."

Jesus proclaimed it and all the substitutes in the world

and its prophets can make will not measure up to Him.

They may make big temples and churches, they may perform

many wonderful things, they may even do wonders and

appear as the most holy. But in the fact they do not have

Jesus all they can offer is sadness,defeat, and eternal

Hell. The Bible says flee from them!!!!!

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