Jesus warns us:
Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. ~ Matthew 7:15-16
So we are taking a few days to see if we can figure out what bad fruit looks like.
Jude tells us this about false teachers and false prophets.
For certain persons have crept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand marked out for this condemnation, ungodly persons who turn the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. ~ Jude 4 (my emphasis)
The first marker Jude gives of a false prophet is that they turn grace into license. Paul talks about it in Romans 6 when he says
What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? ~ Romans 6:1-2 (KJV)
Simply put, if someone is teaching in a way that makes you comfortable in sin and ungodly lifestyles, well, that fruit stinks.
There is grace with the Lord, and it is so amazing, so all encompassing, that it can almost seem like a license to sin, but if those teaching and preaching and prophesying are not drawing you toward Christ-like character, well, Houston, we have a problem.
How do you speak into folk’s lives? Do your words draw your fellow sheep into more and more freedom from sin, [Tweet This] or do you, by your words and example give people more and more of a license to sin?
Thanks for stopping by.
There are a couple more of the signs that the fruit bowl needs cleaning.