Monday, November 23, 2015
Watch for False Prophets
False prophets can be very convincing. However, while claiming to represent God, they misrepresent His Word. Some may deliberately distort the truth. Others are instruments of Satan because of their ignorance of the truth. They present a form of religion but not the true faith; they bring people into bondage, not liberty; they exalt their ministry and not Christ; they smite the sheep rather than bring healing and still expect preferential treatment. Their teaching does not exalt God, giving Him all honor, glory and praise. Their message does not lead to reverent, joyous worship of God, who alone is worthy. To one extent or another, they direct attention away from God as the very Source of Living Water. False prophets obscure the clear distinction between the holiness of God and human sinfulness; the righteousness of God and human self-righteousness; the unconditional love of God and human conditional love; the One Mediator, Jesus Christ, and human mediators.
Gene & Grace Luxon, “Has the Truth Set You Free?,” pg. 273