Matthew 24:4-5 (NKJV) “And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.”
Jude 1:3-4 (NKJV) “Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.
For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ.”
2 Peter 2:1-3 (NKJV) “But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction.
And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber.”
Since the Lord Jesus told His disciples that these things would take place, we see Jude, the step brother of Jesus and Peter, years later, warning the believers again of these events.
For the last 40 years, many false doctrines have manifested from very good people that masqueraded themselves into the ranks of true expositors.
They’ve infiltrated themselves and have become acceptable. Then when they feel safe, destructive heresies manifest themselves. They were waiting for the right moment to spring it on people. Doctrine that sounds too good to be true are too good to be true.
Has anyone noticed that when they produce their destructive heresies that a dollar amount is always attached to it, or they sell their latest book, CD series, or stream their messages for a certain amount. It seems that they’re always selling something.
Well, Peter said it correctly.
“By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words…”
Some of us that desire the same attention that they get, spew the same doctrine. Repeating word for word what they teach. We try to emulate them because is shows a sign of success that they’re having, that we want.
Not realizing that repeating their success will require you to abandon the true and receive the false.
We dress like them, we talk like them, we mimic their every move. We spend enormous amounts of money to get more money. We rent out large places. We get unaffordable mortgages to get buildings. We spend money to get on the air waves.
Youtube, Twitter, Facebook, and other social media platforms.
If we get discovered, we’ll be famous.
But we never examine what they peddle.
The more sensational, the better. The more outrageous, the better.
By now, some of you are aware that we’ve been in troubled times for some time now.
The last days is like the tide. Events rise and then they fall. The unpredictability of the days have compelled many to shift their messages. It seems that the more dire our personal situation becomes, we’re forced to look at things differently.
In fact, we’re compelled to search the Bible for answers.
We can come up with some invalid things and become dogmatic about it.
Like one person said something like, “No matter how bad it gets, God will provide for you.”
In some instances, it’s true but when God allows bad conditions, it’s because He’s bring judgment as a tool of awakening. Its purpose is to drive us to our knees to God. Remember. The Lord Jesus said “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you.”
When we seek His kingdom second, it’s no different than last place.
But if you’re living in sin, do you really expect God to come through and provide for you?
The whole purpose of bad events is to compel you to repent and get real serious about the way you and I have been treating God. Also, we need to be aware that as time progresses, events will get worse. The coming of the Lord is drawing near.
Some of us have never seen prices like this. And with Russia and Ukraine, some of us have never seen war like this, except for Afghanistan, Iraq, and other proxy wars.
With these things, it’s expected that the people would turn to God but when the houses of worship is no different than a bar, why come? Why get saved?
When you don’t see the need to repent, you won’t repent.
The false prophets among us is like watching ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN, the AP, and other outlets. Turning on our satellite Cable, and streaming stations for most preachers is the same.
False prophets are a dime a dozen.
The Lord warned us and only the wise among us will take heed.
The prosperity gospel, and other similar messages is the thing that Paul warned us about in Galatians chapter 1. The doctrine of Moses was intertwined with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
You’re not saved unless you’ve been circumcised.
False prophets adds to the Scriptures.
The first instance of an adding to the Scriptures is in the Garden of Eden.
Compare what the Lord said, and what Eve said.
Genesis 2:16-17 (NKJV) “And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
Genesis 3:2-3 (NKJV) “And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.'”
Notice what Eve said…..”God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.'”
God never said, “Nor shall you touch it.”
False prophets always give a slight variation of what God said, and if you’re not careful, it will go over our heads.
So what happens when we add to the Scriptures like Eve just did?
Proverbs 30:6 (NKJV) “Do not add to His words, lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar.”
God doesn’t allow for slight variations because “There’s no variation neither shadow of turning.”
We fail to challenge false prophet’s variation and that’s where satan enters. Paul said that we’re to give the devil “no place.“
So it is with false prophets.
We’re to give false prophets no place because they work for satan to bring deception.
Finally, it’s a common pattern of false prophets. They abandon for a season their false doctrine, reassess what people want to hear, give them what they want to hear, then return to another form of destructive heresy.