Christ warned us about being deceived by false prophets. We must realize that after “placing our hands to the plow,” our enemy Satan has been authorized by God (Yahweh) to test us and prove us (remember the story of Job). He’ll try to deceive us and detour us. And Satan will use men to do this–false prophets and teachers.
“Let No Man Deceive You”
Being deceived by false prophets and teachers is the first thing Jesus Christ (Yahshua the Anointed One) warned us of when He spoke of the last days before His coming. A potential son or daughter of God can be fooled by false teachers, false prophets, and false ministers of Christ.
We are to “take heed that no man deceive you” (Matt. 24: 4). These men are wolves in sheep’s clothing and are the deceivers. For they will come in His name and deceive many (v. 5, 11). In fact, don’t believe them when they say, Christ is here; you’ll find him by following me. “Believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs and false prophets” (v. 23-24).
We have been warned. “There shall be false teachers among you who will secretly bring in damnable heresies” (II Peter 2: 1). We must realize that these have “transformed themselves into the apostles of Christ.” They are imposters, peddling themselves off as God’s ministers, like Satan who has transformed himself into a “messenger of light” (II Cor. 11:13-14).
Enter the Kingdom of God Through the Narrow Gate
But it is difficult to know whether a minister is deceiving us or not. Christ gave us a sign. He said for us to enter His kingdom through a narrow gate. “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.” Many will be deceived by false teachers who provide an easy-to-get-through gate into Christendom, but it is the false way that leads to death. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Matthew 7: 13-14). Few will find Christ’s true way. There it is in black and white.
Then Christ warns in the very next verse to “beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing” (Mt. 7:15). Revelation: The false prophets are the very ones that are leading the “many” through the false wide gate that is not taking the deceived masses to the place they were promised.
Televangelists, pastors of megachurches, and leaders of Christian sects never warn their people about these false prophets and false teachers. Ever wonder why? Kenneth Wayne Hancock