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False Prophets and Teachers
Matthew 24:24 “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect”.
From the beginning of recorded history there have been many different religions to control people with. Most but not all have a god of some type as their central focus. Here is where our first decision comes in, who do I call my God? Someone who is half man, half horse, one you can buy in the market place, or one that created the universe and will love within you? For any who is given these choices the decision should be easy. Once you have chosen to worship Jehovah God and accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior the rest should be easy but its not.
There are many different groups claiming to serve God and claim Jesus as their savior but many different ideas on how to live a Christian life. Many well meaning people fall into the wrong groups because those groups seem to know all the answers. Most new Christians don’t know enough to determine what groups are Biblical and which are not. There are two ways to determine which groups are teaching the truth. One requires years of studying the Bible and studying what a group believes but even then you could mistakes. In every “Christian” group you will find people that have been in it for most of their lives who read and study their Bible or special books everyday. These people conclude that theirs is the one true religious group.
The only true way to not be deceived for either a mature or new Christian is to be in close communication with God. As I have said many times before the most important thing for a Christian to do is to learn God’s voice so that they cannot be deceived.
When someone tells you something that you know is not biblical, what do you do? Our first reaction would be to get away from that person but let’s look at this another way. First remember that no one is perfect. People can be taught things, and some may not realize that they are wrong or they may just have get names or places mixed up. We need to ask God “what should I do, I know this is wrong?” He may tell you to talk to the person about what was said. He may tell you not to listen to this person. In our own selves we may make the wrong decisions but God will lead us where we need to be.
When looking for a group or denomination to be part of it is so important to listen to God. So many times we don’t even have to ask because it is so obvious they are wrong. Anyone who has accepted Jesus as their Savior should be appalled when they are told that they can go to a priest and he will forgive their sins. This is one of the basic beliefs of the Catholic church so right away we know they are not a Christian church because they contradict the very purpose of Jesus.
We don’t have to be Baptist, Presbyterian, Pentecostal, Lutheran or anything other than Christian. If everyone would learn to listen to God there would not be so many groups and denominations in the world. Remember Jesus said in John 8:31-32 “If you continue in my word, then ye are my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free”.
Blessing to you
Apostle Charlie Hale
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