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Beware of false teachings, the misleading from charismatic false prophets

By Liz Johnson/Staff Writer

A co-worker recently asked me if I was becoming numb to the massive amount of mass killings around the world because it’s almost a daily occurrence.  It was a strong question and one that I had to process deeply.

These mass killings have a deeper intensity to them than the shock and awe one sees as they are reported. It brings what is being said around the world – on social media, in blogs, in church – to the forefront of my mind.

Are we in the end of times?

Even pondering that question leads me to what is often taught in various churches, blogged about or posted on social media – often these things are not scripturally based, yet thousands can be led in a specific spiritual direction by virtue of one charismatic leader.

What is a false teacher or false prophet? It’s one who is in a position of spiritual authority. And that person doesn’t specifically have to be a pastor. But, often such people are pastors – charismatic and able to drawn people to their church.

“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” (Matthew 7:15; KJV)

False teachers look just like anyone else. They dress in clothing that makes them approachable and attainable, often using that clothing as a preaching tool – attractive without vestments or suits – looking just like you and me.  They appear to be loving, helpful, respectful and giving. However, it’s all an act. The preacher displays all the good attributes a person should have, which makes him attractive enough to beguile those who don’t have the ability to discern who he really is.

The complete story is in the Friday, Aug. 5, 2016 Richmond News.

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