Updated: Mar 8, 2020
"Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bring forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bring forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bring not forth good fruit is cut down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.(Matthew 7:15-20).
Don't be Deceived
Satan is the master of deception. His best weapons are the use of false prophets. False prophets may be identified by the type of fruit they bear. False prophets are self-centered. They use big swelling words of philosophy to steer the unsuspected away from the Cross of Jesus Christ. They do this because they know the Cross is where man is forgiven for his sins, reconciled to God, and finds salvation for his soul; redeemed. Jesus laid down His life for us on the Cross as a substitute for us in order that we may be presented faultless (whosoever will accept the gift of God John 3:16) before God's throne. Satan, death, and sin; everything contrary to God's will, was defeated, conquered, and cancelled on the Cross. True prophets of God are not afraid of the Cross. They have the characteristics of Christ, those noted in God's Holy scriptures (Galatians 5:22-23). True prophets make the Cross the focal point of their message. They don't deviate from the Cross. "For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.(1 Corinthians 1:18). True prophets don't mix words. "But [we] preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.(1 Corinthians 1:23-24). Beware of false prophets, because not knowing the truth about God's Word is matter of life and death.
Jesus said to his disciples, "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. (Mathew 16:24)