Scripture: “Be wary of false preachers who smile a lot, dripping with practiced sincerity. Chances are they are out to rip you off some way or other. Don’t be impressed with charisma; look for character. Who preachers are is the main thing, not what they say. A genuine leader will never exploit your emotions or your pocketbook. These diseased trees with their bad apples are going to be chopped down and burned.” – Matthew 7:15-20 (MSG).
Meditate: Wow! That’s a heavy load of truth there from the mouth of our precious Savior Jesus Himself! 1. We are to watch out for “false preachers” 2. We are to “look for character” in preachers. 3. False preachers “are going to be chopped down and burned.”
If the minister is telling you how to have your best life now by laying it down for the sake of Jesus and the gospel, “Amen!” But if they’re telling you how you can have health and wealth and a comfortable lifestyle now, then it’s completely opposed to Jesus’ teaching. And if you think what I’m saying is not true, then you haven’t understood the abundant life Jesus has promised and what His promises are all about, and also haven’t meditated God’s Word with Holy Spirit’s help; basically you don’t really have a clue about this One true living God of the Bible.
Ever wondered why Jesus was crucified and His disciples martyred? Did they preach something terribly wrong!?! Or did they preach and teach something totally different to what ministers are preaching and teaching these days and to present day Christians expectations? So may I ask, are you truly a Christian? Prayerfully check out the following Biblical Scriptures which Jesus spoke; whose message would you believe, Jesus’ or present day ministers sweet corn, sugar toast messages?
We are living in the last days before Rapture and Jesus’ return, so heed warning that Jesus gave of what to watch out for in end times: ““Jesus answered them, Be careful that no one misleads you [deceiving you and leading you into error]. For many will come in (on the strength of) My name [appropriating the name which belongs to Me], saying, I am the Christ (the Messiah), and they will lead many astray.” – Matthew 24:4-5 AMPC. Make sure you’re not found in the “many” but in the “few” on the narrow way!