Summary: Part 20:Sermon on the Mount Series - Beware of false prophets which come to you in sheeps cloathing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves...
The Great Commission
Part 20 – Sermon on the Mount – False Prophets
Pastor Bruce A. Shields
House of Faith – www.PS127.org
INTRODUCTION TO SERMON
† The Sermon on the Mount – The Beatitudes
† We are the Salt, staying pure with God’s Holy Word
† We are the Light, showing that Word to the World
† Hate is same as murder - Lust the same as adultery
† Divorce, Oaths
† The Law of Love, Giving
† How to Pray - Fasting
† Treasures in Heaven
† Worry & Anxiety
† Judge Not
† Receiving from God
† Narrow & Broad Way
Matthew 7:15 – 20 False Prophets
15 "Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? 17 Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.
I. WATCH OUT FOR FALSE PROPHETS
a. Watch out, look for, be aware, you may be deceived.
b. False prophet – what is a false prophet?
i. 1 John 4:1-3 - Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.
ii. 2 Peter 2:1-3 – 1 But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. 2 Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. 3 In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.
iii. 2 Corinthians 11:12-14 – 12 And I will keep on doing what I am doing in order to cut the ground from under those who want an opportunity to be considered equal with us in the things they boast about. 13 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.
c. Prophets ONLY teach;
i. Christ & the Word of God
ii. Prophecy only the end times according to the Word
iii. Prophecy judgment
iv. Prophecy Spiritual gain
v. Prophecy relationship with God
vi. They do NOT tell fortunes, lotto numbers, anything of earthly gain, etc…
II. THEY COME TO YOU IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING BUT INWARDLY THEY ARE FEROCIOUS WOLVES
a. They look like Christ followers
i. Matthew 3:11-12 – 11"I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. 12 His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire."