“Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they?”
Matthew 7:15-16 (NASB)
Yesterday I discovered yesterday an error in my knowledge, I had believed the Shard in London (opened July 2012) was the tallest free standing building in the UK. In fact at 309 metres the Shard comes in second place behind the Emley Moor Tower (330 metres) in North Yorkshire. I remember the hullabaloo about the Shard being the biggest at it’s launch, which wasn’t exactly true. Another form of fakery is currency, fraudsters and the Royal Mint are forever jousting over the latest bank notes. Earlier today I had a brief conversation with a friend regarding English retailers rejecting Scottish bank notes, alongside the British weather it is a common debate. Our lives are awash with fakes and frauds trying to mislead us, be it information, currency or in goods such as the watch on your wrist.
There are also many fakes and frauds in belief too, the most obvious culprits being Islam, Buddhism, Mormonism, Jehovah Witnesses. But according to the Word of God and the verse I share today the most insidious fakes and frauds are lurking near the fence of Christendom, and some even within the sheep pen too. To the unsuspecting they may seem lovely, like Joel Olsteen who is an eloquent softly spoken preacher who soothes his listeners personal pride.
Dear reader, the acid test for all preaching is the Bible in your hands. Just like the Bereans test the fruits of every preacher against the Word of God (Acts 17:10-11). If you find that they preach anything different to what God says in His Word they are fakes and frauds, trying to lead you away from your Shepherd. Beware dear brethren!