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
We have been spending some time looking at Jude’s description of this ungodly men and women who have “crept in unnoticed” and are turning folks away from the “faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.” (taken from Jude 3 & 4)
These are grumblers, finding fault, following after their own lusts; they speak arrogantly, flattering people for the sake of gaining an advantage. ~ Jude 16
Jesus explains the Christian walk this way:
If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life shall lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s shall save it. ~ Mark 8: 34-35
Hey, I’m not trying to preach some cranky, burden laden gospel. The Cross set me free, and it will set you free too. But that freedom, that love, that relationship, that love affair with Jesus, will simply make you look more like Him. You will be forced to lay down the stuff that fills your hands, so that you can hold the things He created you to carry. You were designed with a purpose (Ephesians 2:10) which will be fulfilled when you walk with Him. [Tweet This]
False prophets, false teachers follow their own lusts.
What does that look like?
Following your lusts means never saying no to yourself, always looking for a way to dodge trials, rather than press through them, walking in the direction of self promotion and self preservation is paramount.
Are you a preacher, teacher, prophet, sharer of the gospel?
These words preach to me – how about you?