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.
See you tomorrow