Beware of False Prophets
“See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.” Colossians 2:8
“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.” Matthew 7:15-20
To follow Christ is to be counter-cultural. We view the world as God would have it be, and as a consequence we are often out of tune with our times. Often in the history of the Church, our fidelity to God rather than the “prophets” of the secular age has made us a target. Pray that no harm will befall God’s Church.
Build up my courage, O God, that I may be true to the Gospel and not be seduced by the false prophets of the world. Let me be patient and forgiving to the professed enemies of the faith, and if it is your will, teach me how to be persuasive in explaining and defending what the Church teaches. In Jesus’ name, Amen!
Your fellow servant in Christ Jesus,
Jeff Hubschman, President
Morrow County Gideons