“Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs.
If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and
tear you to pieces.”
“But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only
a few find it.”
“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing,
but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.”
“Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in
your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many
miracles? Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from
me, you evildoers!'”
In the beginning of my walk with the Lord, I had little guidance into the truth of Scripture. I was saved in a movement that taught the Trinity was a heretical doctrine. Yet, in a little ‘upper room’ of the attic of my grandparents’ house, I devoured the Scripture, seeking truth through study and prayer. Naturally, questions arose concerning the doctrinal teaching I was hearing. The general response to my questions was something like, “Don’t concern yourself too much with that, God will help you understand when you get to heaven.” My problem with that response is that I knew my life depended on learning the truth that only comes from God!
The Holy Spirit was then and is always faithful to guide us into His truth. Yet, many are being led into movements that are not based in truth according to God’s Word. That’s why we should be scared witless when we read Jesus’ teaching about judging and a narrow way and about some who will hear the words, “I never knew you. Away from me you evildoers!”
Here’s the problem. There are churches in the world teaching a gospel contrary to the gospel of the Cross. Their congregations number in the tens of thousands. One congregation boasts 27,000, another 52,000. There are more and it does not take into account the untold number of households listening to heretical gospels in their living rooms. This gospel is leading people quickly onto the wide road that leads to destruction. A warning needs to be heeded with great conviction from the Holy Spirit!
Here’s what Paul Washer, founder of Heart Cry Missionary Society has to say about false teachers, and equally, false disciples. “Like wolves, their god is their belly, but they look like sheep. How is that? By their flattering smooth speech. In an age of tolerance, they make you think they are the men most full of love. They will never contradict. They will never create a scandal. They will never be offensive. They will never speak forth things to anger men. But they have the smooth tongue of a serpent and they flatter carnal men giving them exactly what they want. You think so many times that people fall prey to false teachers. That in a sense can be true at times, but I think the dominate theme in Scripture is just the opposite. False teachers are God’s judgment on people who don’t want God, but in the name of religion, plan on getting everything their carnal heart desires. That’s why a Joel Osteen is raised up. Those people who sit under him are not victims of him; he is the judgment of God upon them because they want exactly what he wants, and it’s not God!”
The fear of God is remembering what Jesus said in his conclusion of the greatest sermon ever preached. Don’t be the one who hears, “Away from me you evil doers!” Rather, be the one whose house is built on the rock! Be wary and alert! Judge the words coming from those teaching the Scripture. Don’t cast your pearls before pigs because you will be torn to pieces. Learn and speak the truth even if it means walking the narrow way to salvation!