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Who Can We Trust?


Mike Ratliff at Possessing the Treasure has written a very timely post, Who Can We Trust?

15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. 18 A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. (Matthew 7:15-18 ESV)

I have been in many separate discussions with friends over that last several weeks and months pertaining to the seeming escalation of growing apostasy all around us. Some have lamented that it seems that there is no one who can be trusted anymore. I made the comment last night to a friend that it was becoming increasingly more difficult to trust the fruit of those who minister for money or whose livelihood depended upon popularity. This is really nothing new. Our Lord, in His Sermon on the Mount, told us to beware of false prophets who come to us in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.

He told us how to recognize them. How? It is by their fruits. This has not changed. Therefore, when I sit at the feet of a teacher or preacher of God’s Word I look for this within what is taught and within how he lives and with whom he associates and how he conducts himself in this life. Those who are not really God’s man will be revealed in this because of their inconsistencies in godliness and their consistencies in worldliness because, “we will recognize them by their fruits.”

Disingenuous Christian leaders are extremely prevalent in our time. They are worldly. They are part of a different spiritual system than Christianity. The focus is not on Christ and His glory…

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5 comments on “Who Can We Trust?

  1. Amen. I have been thinking about this lately as well.

  2. Good article – I would just say that fruit exhibits itself in what is being taught though. It is the message that’s important when it comes to preaching and whether or not that message stands up to scrutiny and whether it is true. Apart from that, if I were running a conference I would invite him to come and speak at it :)

  3. Yes very good article by brother Mike. Was reminded of Matthew 4:8-9
    Matthew 4:8 Again the devil takes Him to a very high mountain, and (he) showed to Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. Matthew 4:9 And (he) said to Him, I will give you all of these things to You if falling down, You will worship me.
    Matthew 4:10 Then Jesus said to him, Go, Satan! For it has been written: “You shall worship (the) Lord your God, and you shall serve Him only.”

    How many are getting distracted by those who are deceiving others of their worship of America and taking America back for God? The focus is not on Christ and His Glory. Satan has already been defeated. AMEN!

  4. The false prophets seems to be doing a good job of leading people astray. I was in a book club this week with eight other women, all who claimed to be Christians. As the discussion continued it was obvious that they were all universalists. They were from various denominations. I talked about original sin and my need for a savior and they acted like they had never heard that before. One said she thought she heard something about that a long time ago. They clearly knew nothing about the Bible, one claiming that Jesus came to bring world peace. This is the fruit of the preaching in my area. God help us!

  5. Satan and his disciples are offering the kingdoms of the world and their glory to believers and non believers. Bow to satan and he will give them the kingdoms of the world and their glory, whether if it is America, etc.
    2 Corinthians 4:4 Satan is the god of this world
    Ephesians 2:2 Satan is the prince and power of the air
    1 John 5:19 John says the whole world lies in the wicked one.
    John 2:15-16 Love not the world, neither the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. Now the things in the world are these:
    the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life.

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