PART NO 1:
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
FALSE PROPHETS PART 2
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:
"Now you are clean through the word which
I have spoken to you"
"....... and cleanse it with the washing
of water by the word"
"Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and super-
fluity of naughtiness, and receive with meek-
ness the engrafted word which is able to save
"....:but be ye transformed by the renewing
of your mind that ye may prove what is that
good and acceptable, and perfect will of
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.
FALSE PROPHETS 3
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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