Who Made You the Boss of Me? False Prophets Part 4

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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.

Likewise also these dreamers defile the flesh, reject authority, and speak evil of dignitaries. ~ Jude 8 (NKJV – my emphasis)

One sure sign of a false prophet is they cannot be corrected.

Here I have to tell you, this hits way too close to home for me. Aside from the standard issue American Independence thing that springs up in many of us Yanks, I have a pretty strong grasp of what I believe.

It is way easy for me to just stir up my independent spirit, and obnoxious New Jersey attitude, and reject any correction.

I am aware that I live a long way from Christ-likeness, and yet, I stand un-correctable. I will not allow my mind to be renewed – and so I resist any possible transformation.

Sorry if this seems like a tangent, but it’s so important for our growth to be instructable, live in community, and live within an authority structure.

Of course if the authority you are living in is lording it over you, rather than serving you, hmmm, you might want to check that out too. I am not suggesting you get into some weird, co-dependent, manipulative relationship that sucks your life away. Find a community of believers and get in fellowship, where folks can speak into your life.

BenHope this helps.

See you tomorrow

Ben

0 thoughts on “Who Made You the Boss of Me? False Prophets Part 4

  1. Larry Who

    "...Sorry if this seems like a tangent, but it’s so important for our growth to be instructable, live in community, and live within an authority structure..."

    Yes, I agree with you that believers needs to be teachable. And I assume by living in community, you mean believers need to be in fellowship with other believers in whatever format that may take. But what do you mean by authority structure?

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    1. Ben Nelson

      Hey Larry, yes fellowship in what ever form, and structure - I guess I am talking about accountability. I don't think there is only one way to do this, I just know that in times I was running as my own authority, and with no accountability, and no one to say 'I don't think that means what you think that means' I got in trouble. Iron sharpening iron. Does that make sense?

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        1. Ben Nelson

          i hear that! I have found that i like having someone in my life willing to tell me if i am taking something too far, or not far enough - if you know what I mean. Trying to avoid the whole Jim Jones thing like you were talking about last week.

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  2. livinginobscurity

    We are meant to live in holy tension where iron sharpens iron. Being teachable comes with intimacy with the Master, and with each other. That is why so many shirk fellowship. It is the reluctance to build intimacy and risk people seeing your junk. It is much easier to remain in self righteousness. It takes no risk! It is in intimacy that we "know the Master's voice" and distinguish it from those that peddle a counterfeit.

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  3. Caddo-Jael

    WOW, this was good, Ben. You're so kind to admit your own "independent streak"--that is what I look for in my Christian leaders, because as they admit their own difficulties, then I'm willing and eager to confess mine--which all leads to quicker growth and maturity. We accept correction more easily when the atmosphere around it is compassion and real (unconditional) love. It has been a true blessing for me to link up with a couple of my blog brethren in emails--in order to have that sense of community (since my mobility issues prevent my attending a local church). I have grown sufficient trust in them, that if they have a word from the Lord for me--I listen. I really appreciated your last point--that the authority over us should be "serving" us rather than "controlling". Abuse is never okay, in any situation--and it's especially damaging in the Church, as people will run--and may never reach their growth potential in Christ. Thank you, as always--this is a marvelous, and safe, place for Believers to come and learn, stretch--and be blessed. love, sis Caddo

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    1. Ben Nelson

      Admit it - Ha - i stubb my toe on it every morning - LOL - And re controlling - this is one of those issues where you have to find the line - narrow way - through mountains of mess on either side.

      Control freaks on one side and slippery hyper grace on the other.

      I am glad of my community here in New Jersey, but i am so glad for this new community that is making a place for me in blogland too!

      bless you big caddo!
      Ben

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        1. Ben Nelson

          not really - kind of pulled out of the pointing fingers mode - as i said - i am really not a heresy hunter, except in my own life. I actually went on a retreat last fall with a national radio personality who I would have labeled as such for sure, and getting to know him up close, and ask him my probing questions, turns out he is right on target, just uses the extreme language to stir the gray matter into action, if you know what I mean.

          I challenged him, he challenged me - we both came away sharper. awesome.

          So at Jesus insistance, i am going to put down my stones for now. (perhaps i will sell them on ebay - does not look like Jesus is going to let me throw any, any time soon.

          Love you sis
          ben

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          1. Caddo-Jael

            I realize now that my question was "indelicate"--my apologies. Much as I think I'm secure in my ability to "hear" from God and choose good teaching--I still get a little nervous, worried that I'll wake up one day on the wrong side of that narrow way. So I guess I was looking to you, to nip that possibility in the green bud. I think I'll go back to soldiering on, and Trusting Him--and not listening to the "whisperer".

            I'm really glad to hear about your encounter with the "grace person"--that you both came away blessed.
            Selling rocks on ebay--now there's a novel idea. See you in class!

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