“Uncovering Deceitful Ministers”

Matthew 7:15-20

The New Testament writers in 2 Tim. 4:3 and 1 John 4
warned about false teachings that sounded good but defied truth. Christians today must still pay close attention to these warnings!!! Ungodly leaders finely twist truth with such conviction that unprepared Christians can be charmed by their lies. That’s why the Bible (Matt. 7:20) instructs us to evaluate the message of whoever desires to lead us.

False teachers are deceptive. Verse 15 of today’s passage describes them as wolves in sheep’s clothing. They appear to want people to know the “real” truth about God, but their “interpretation of Scripture” may contain outright lies or a distorted mix of fact and error. Wise believers study God’s Word, so they can detect the deceitful minister’s “sheepskin” starting to slip. According to Matt. 7:16 the wolves are further exposed by their personal lives, which won’t be consistent with righteousness. A close study of their decisions, actions, and words will reveal that they don’t follow the Lord’s will or biblical principles.

Beloved, false teachers’ lives and messages are self-indulgent. Their enticing ideas appeal to their listeners’ fleshly nature. In fact, false teachers will often permit activities prohibited in Scripture.  In fact, Jude 1:4 illustrates to us that some deceivers describe God’s grace as a license to live without restraint. Paul clearly denounces this lie in Rom. 6:1-2, teaching that believers have died to sin and shouldn’t live in it.

Beloved, the body of Christ is expected to use Scripture as the standard to measure our leaders’ lifestyle and words. When we seek divine truth, we’re given the discernment to discern between a holy message and a misleading one.

“John 4:10 (NLT)”
10 Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.”


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