“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing (cloaked, disguised, masked), but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 16 Ye shall know (discern) them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?” Matthew 7:15-16
JUST WHO are these “false prophets” Jesus is warning us about?
Many who read these words sit under those very wolves who pose in sheep’s clothing as pastors.
Biblical Discernment and Fruit Inspection
IF a man in the position of an elder is not fulfilling the biblilcally stated divine calling of an under-shepherd or overseer, what does that make him?
The divine calling and duty of Christ’s servant-elders is NOT to:
1) get a degree,
2) open a local church business franchise, and
3) to entertain goats, or
4) to church the un-churched!
Such is the work of the “many false prophets” Jesus and His holy apostles often warned us about! (Matthew 7:15; 24:15-20, etc.)
Attention: It doesn’t take a physical building to obey God in equipping His sheep! Jesus and His apostles were free to be led of the spirit to minister to people EVERYWHERE THEY WENT. they weren’t chained down to a physical building! let’s get a gospel clue saints!
No, the very few true Christ-serving elders around us need to physical building to do the LORD’s stated will – prepare His people to meet Him by maturing them to do His work until we meet Him!
“And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers (servant elders); 12 For the perfecting (maturing, equipping) of the saints, for THE WORK OF THE MINISTRY, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: 14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; 15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:” Ephesians 4:11-15
God has called out and holding all leaders accountable to equip His people to do HIS work. Did you catch that? Please read the above passage again closely. Notice it doesn’t say making disciples of the pastor and using the people for their own self-serving purposes!
Read Jeremiah 23 and Ezekiel 34! Wow! Put on your seat belt!
How many good local “church members” do you know who are about “the Father’s business” of doing “the WORK of the ministry” or the Great Commission Jesus gave? (Luke 2:49)
IF a minister is not maturing and equipping YOU to do Christ’s work, he’s a self-serving hireling who is exploiting you!
If you are like myself, you can count them on 1 hand or finger!
It’s nearly impossible in America today to find a “pastor” who isn’t simply building a church business! We were warned!
The seminary church system has never nor ever will work to fulfill God’s stated will. It’s a satanic fraud and counterfeit that has replaced the stated will of the LORD! “Antichrist” means simply “in place of.”
“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try (test against the Word) the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” 1 John 4:1
We must at once repent of helping this cause by supporting such hireling wolves and their houses of self-gratifying entertainment! (2 Chronicles 19:2; 2 John 7-11)