Distinguish Christians from Counterfeits - Matthew 7:15-21

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As a Christian and soldier in the Lordís Army, it is imperative to know the enemy, his strategies, and the weapons he will use. Christianís can be well equipped in diligently opposing the detractorís of the faith - Jude 3-5


Distinguish Christians from Counterfeits - Examine FruitsIt is important to identify false prophets or false teachers, because false prophets will lead many to their destruction - Matthew 15:13-14; 2 Peter 2:1


Satan uses counterfeits to make it more difficult to distinguish Christianís from those teaching false doctrine. A counterfeit is something made in imitation, so as to be passed off fraudulently, or deceptively, as genuine, like wolves in sheep's clothing - Matthew 7:15


Ask Questions - Prove True Christians


In 1 Thessalonians 5:21, the Apostle Paul admonishes the church to, "prove all things; hold fast that which is good."  We prove things by comparing them to a standard, which is the Word of God. Therefore, we must ask questions and compare to the standard. Have they obeyed the commandments of God, to be saved? Are they abiding in the doctrine of Christ?


In 1 John 4:1, the Apostle John teaches that we must not believe all teachers, but we must first try, or test them, to see if they are of God, because many false prophets are in the world.


Identify Christians by their Fruits


In Matthew 7:15, Jesus warns that false prophets will come in sheepís clothing outwardly, as a counterfeit sheep. But inwardly they are ravening wolves.


In Matthew 7:16-21, Jesus teaches that we will know them by their fruits. Will they pass the fruit test? Will their inward parts, their thoughts and actions, reveal they are fruitful of unfruitful? - Matthew 12:35


Distinguish Christianís from false prophets and teachers, counterfeits, by determining whether they are walking in the light or walking in darkness - 1 John 1:5-7


Are you in the light?  Are you Saved?  Become a Christian by accepting the Salvation that God offers:  Hear - Believe - Repent - Confess - Be Baptized.


-- Harry D. Anderson, Jr., 2010 --


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