Are You an Easy Prey for Wolves in Sheep's Clothing.
The Scriptures are clear: false prophets are wolves that devour unsuspecting believers. Jesus said: “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.” (Matthew 7:15)
Paul had this to say about false teachers: “I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them.” (Acts 20:29-30).
Despite these warnings from Paul and Jesus, many people are still spiritually ignorant therefore, are easy prey for false prophets?”
Some ways to tell if you are an easy prey for wolves:
You think you cain't be deceived because you are a believer. If you believe you can’t be deceived, then you are ignoring numerous warnings in Scripture about the need to guard against false prophets and false teachers (Matthew 7:15; Acts 20:29-30; 2 Peter 2:1).
You are overly impressed by signs, wonders and miracles. Many people are so taken in by miracles they automatically assume the miracle-worker must be of God. If this describes you, then you are in danger of falling victim to false prophets who, according to Scripture, will perform “great signs and wonders” (Matthew 24:24; Revelation 13:11-15).
You don’t know the historical or contextual setting in biblical interpretation. You may read the Bible and quote it well but, do you know it well? Quoting the bible without knowing the bible, means that you lift verses out of context or spiritualize them when they are meant to be taken at face value. You interpret the Bible in light of what you believe instead of letting it formulate what you believe. Anyone who reads and quotes the Bible in these ways is susceptible to being lead astray by false prophets (2 Peter 3:15-17).
You think you are extra-special to God because you are striving to keep the commandments and performing well, you are favored by God and you deserve to have your desires fulfilled. False prophets will tell people whatever they want to hear–including promising them the fulfillment of their desires for worldly pleasures, (2 Timothy 4:3-4; 2 Peter 2:18; Jude 1:4). You are a sitting duck for false prophets if you are driven by pride and a seeker of pleasure and blessings rather than truth.
You put too much trust in denominational hierarchies. You think if someone is a church leader, likeable and popular, then he or she must be a God send. But you are not heeding the warnings in Scripture about false prophets and false teachers who disguise themselves as true believers (Matthew 7:15; Jude 1:12-13).
You value and follow man-made-doctrine and denominational theories instead of allowing the spirit and life of Jesus to test the doctrines you believe. You are susceptible to deceiving spirits and doctrines of devils. Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; (1 Tim 4:1).
Let's cry: "Lord show me thy ways that I may walk in them and escape the snares of man."