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Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing #546

15  Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16  You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17  Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18  A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19  Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20  Therefore by their fruits you will know them. (Matthew 7:15–20, NKJV)

Are you sure your preacher is preaching the truth? How do you know? Jeremiah warned of prophets who “prophesy lies in my name” by speaking “the deceit of their heart” (Jer. 14:14). These two-legged wolves in sheep’s clothing continue to devour God’s flock by speaking error in the name of God. When someone speaks on behalf of God we must test what is said to be sure it is indeed from God. Our measuring stick is inspired Scripture, including what the apostles taught (Acts 17:11-12; 1 Jno. 4:1, 6). You see, it does matter what is taught and what is believed. If doctrine doesn’t matter, then why does Jesus warn us of the wolves?

Instruct the Brethren #437

6  If you instruct the brethren in these things, you will be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished in the words of faith and of the good doctrine which you have carefully followed. 7  But reject profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise yourself toward godliness. (1 Timothy 4:6-7)

Just as food nourishes the body, the “words of faith” nourish the soul. Jesus has “the words of eternal life”, therefore, we must partake of His word to have eternal life (Jno. 6:68, 57-58, 63). The “good minister of Jesus Christ” carefully follows “the good doctrine” of Christ and teaches it to his brethren. (What is your preacher teaching you: Psychology, sociology or the gospel?) Godliness is produced by learning the word of God and by disciplining yourself by its precepts. Fully reject the irreverent, silly myths of men. False doctrine always deceives and leaves you spiritually deficient.