Sorry for the absence of these for three days; the person who posts them online for the Bogard Press was suddenly sick. They are better now, though!
by Beverly Barnett
Jesus’ Identification of False Prophets
“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves,” Matthew 7:15.
False prophets or preachers may look innocent; they may look cool; they may sound uplifting. They may even tell good jokes, have a pleasant voice, but the message they preach is far from the truth of the Word.
Let us make a distinction between a false preacher and one that preaches something that may make us uncomfortable in our sin. A false preacher misinterprets the Scriptures; he may teach a doctrine around one Scripture and never harmonize it with other verses. He also may interpret Scripture in a way that causes contradictions in the Bible. He may use phrases such as “God wants you to be rich and prosperous.” That is a contradiction of the truth.
On the other hand, a preacher of the Word of truth may be annoying when he preaches loud. He will never be satisfied with a stagnant church body. He will always harmonize Scripture with Scripture when teaching a biblical truth. He may not be the most popular man in church because his message will step on toes. He will always seek to please God rather than man. And, if he is a good shepherd, he will smell like his sheep!
REFLECTION: Our preference is not always considered by God when He sends the man He wants to teach and guide His children.