“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
Many who read these words sit under those very wolves who pose in sheep’s clothing as pastors.
Biblical Discernment and Fruit Inspection
Kevin Nugent writes: “What we have today is a celebrity cult gospel where the majority are following their own celebrity idol down the broad road to destruction.”
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!
“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 is 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!
“There are some BIG HEADS in the ministry who do not care about the needs of the saints. They will only know you and they will remember you when it comes to asking for money or support. That’s why some of their followers left them. Lesson to those insensitive ministers. They are just like a cellphone voicemail. When you call them to talk to them about your need, they will not answer and don’t want to talk with you. The only message you will get is, ‘The subscriber cannot be reached.’ Meaning they don’t answer their phone.” Rich Brown
Now, 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)
GETTING A CLUE: MOST ministries/ministers are simply perpetuating their own existence to the gullible saints. Let’s be wiser than that. Read John 7:18 and 1 Corinthians 7:23). It’s alllll about them and their ministry. Read these verses okay and also Colossians 2:18-19 – they are not upholding JESUS but rather sinful self! Beware. Most people do not stop to think about the fact that most people who open up local church BUSINESSES are simply in business to make money and make themselves feel good, enriching their own lives. AND, that being the case, they are going to purposely DISREGARD and IGNORE and DODGE OUT/EVADE lots and lots of Scripture. So, if you don’t personally study and know and live by God’s Word, you are going to be deceived and are going to fund the very enemies of Christ, thinking you are doing good!
Jeanne Rux writes:
“You know, we always hear all of the material “blessings” that fleecers have received. They love to list them for us, but what about the “fleecees?” They keep giving…and hoping…and giving…and hoping…waiting for their material blessings that are promised by the fleecers, but never seem to materialize.. They do not realize they have been made twice the children of hell as the fleecers. They are being taught to give to the fleecers in a spirit of greed ie, giving to receive blessings,… not giving with a pure heart. They are not seeking the kingdom of God and His righteousness FIRST. The fleecers are not the least bit concerned that they are the only ones getting the material “blessings” that they preach about and that so many of their fleecees have the stress of unpaid bills, etc and keep thinking if they just give a bit more, God will make money magically appear for them to get caught up on everything. It is a vicious cycle of covetousness and self – to fulfill the desires of the flesh! The fleecers and fleecees feed off of each other. Both chasing blessings, like a hamster on a blessing wheel. If I sound cynical, it is because I have been there and watched myself and many friends running on that same blessing wheel. Thank-you, Jesus for yanking me out of that mess and teaching me to die to self, be content with what I have, and to live by “not my will but THY will.” I finally truly know peace and He has supplied all my needs beautifully.”