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MESSAGE FOR THE WEEK OF 06-23-19

BEWARE OF WOLVES IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING!

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

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This passage in The LORD’S Word is a warning that JESUS CHRIST provides to all of us. From the origin of sin in heaven when Lucifer, now Satan, and one-third of the angels were cast out for rebelling against The LORD GOD ALMIGHTY and the serpent, influenced by Satan, deceived Eve in the garden, we are living in a sinful and fallen world.

This world is dominated by wolves in sheep’s clothing who look and speak a certain way to entice you, but their hearts are motivated by greed and wickedness, NOT the HOLY SPIRIT!
In Genesis chapter two, The LORD had created Adam at this point but not Eve. The LORD had finished all of His creation and had placed Adam into the garden of Eden to dress and keep it. In Genesis 2:16:17 GOD’S Word states: And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. 
The LORD created the woman from Adam’s rib and it was Adam that named her Eve. In Genesis chapter three the serpent allowed itself to be influenced by Satan and was used as a vessel to deceive the woman. In Genesis 3:1 GOD’S Word states: Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. The definition of subtil or subtle in this context is sly, crafty, cunning, deceitful, to spin into niceties. Moving onto the remainder of verse one the serpent continues speaking: And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
Either The LORD or Adam had shared this instruction with the woman about not eating of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil because she responded to the serpent in verses two and three: And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
Now the serpent who was influenced by the devil and using its craftiness replies to the woman in verses four and five: And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. 
At this point, the devil had accomplished his goal by using his wickedness and craftiness to place just enough doubt into the woman’s mind to cause her to react according to her flesh, instead of focusing on the instruction from The LORD GOD. For that small amount of time, she focused on what she was told she could NOT have and desired it all the more. She took her focus off the big picture and the abundant blessings The LORD GOD had provided. Because of this act of rebellion toward The LORD, the woman, and her husband were cast out of the garden into a sinful and fallen world that continues unto this day. This sin is passed down to all of us and we will die in our sins unless we confess them to JESUS CHRIST and accept Him as our LORD and SAVIOR. 
In today’s world, we are overwhelmed with an abundance of false preachers, false teachers, false churches, false
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doctrines, and false gods. An average online search will produce various examples of all of these things. When JESUS warns us to beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing, this is what He speaks about. There are so-called spiritual leaders today who appear to be motivational speakers rather than share the GOOD NEWS of JESUS CHRIST. They are providing folks a feel-good message of prosperity and adding to or taking from The LORD’S Word. They are leading people astray and bringing more confusion to their lives.
These people may be focused on their 35,000 square-foot luxury properties and fleet of jets, designer clothing, and celebrity status, but if they don’t repent they will certainly be focusing on something else when they take their final breath on this earth.
In Revelation 22:18:19 GOD’S Word states: For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. 
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In the book of Matthew 18:6 JESUS states: But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. 
In Matthew 23:13 JESUS states: But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in. 
These are clear warnings that are given to all those who commit these spiritual crimes and attempt to use JESUS CHRIST, who is GOD made flesh, the Living Bread, for their own personal gain while abusing other people. SHAME ON ALL OF YOU! I PRAY IN JESUS’ NAME THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT MIGHTILY CONVICTS ALL OF YOU UNTIL YOU ARE BROUGHT TO YOUR KNEES IN FULL REPENTANCE TO THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY!
When most folks hear the word “church” they imagine the scene of a large, ornate building with a raised area, a stage if you will, with a pulpit where the spiritual leader delivers the message. There is usually some type of music played throughout the service, then a plate is passed and this concludes with everyone meeting for coffee and social time after the service. In today’s world, there is a growing desire to entertain people instead of feeding their souls with the TRUE UNFILTERED WORD OF GOD. Some “church” services appear to be more of a concert or a corporation than a place and time of worship to The LORD. Depending on where one attends there could be laser lights and loud music with people jumping around, just like at say Coachella? There are countless worldly denominations invented by man and not The LORD GOD such as Catholicism, Methodist, Presbyterian, Anglican, Protestant, Baptist, etc with their unique mission statements and rules and regulations.
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We see men (and more and more women) dressed up as priests in their fancy garb that includes robes and weird, conical hats, preachers dressed in their $10,000 suits along with the elaborate gold jewelry while shouting out a well-rehearsed feel-good message to motivate the crowd to throw their money at the “stage” to generate wealth along with other heretical lies. Some of these people are in charge of a “megachurch” that has thousands, sometimes hundreds of thousands of people attending these services. A few names that come to mind are Joel Osteen, Joyce Meyer, Creflo Dollar, Kenneth Copeland, Rick Warren, and the Pope. Also, the only true priests are direct descendants of the tribe of Levi and appointed by The LORD GOD himself. Anyone else who calls themselves a priest is a LIAR! Also, any woman who calls herself a priest, pastor, minister, elder, or deacon is a LIAR!  You are rebelling against The LORD by disobeying His Word. 
I ADDRESS ALL OF THESE PEOPLE AND ALL THOSE WHO ARE SIMILAR TO THEM: YOU ARE A DISGRACE TO THE BODY OF CHRIST AND ARE NOTHING BUT WOLVES IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING. YOUR RICHES WILL DO NOTHING BUT BE CORRUPTED BY RUST AND MOTHS BECAUSE YOU HAVE MADE THEM YOUR false gods AND YOU HAVE NOT LAID UP FOR YOURSELVES TREASURES IN HEAVEN. DO YOU REALLY THINK THE LORD IS PLEASED WITH YOU FOR ADDING TO OR TAKING FROM HIS WORD? YOU ARE DISRESPECTING THE LORD GOD AND MAKING A MOCKERY OF JESUS CHRIST. HOW DARE YOU!
When JESUS CHRIST walked on this earth over 2000 years ago, He preached to thousands of people yet He did not require a fancy sound system or a feel-good message. He did not lift Himself up but gave all glory to GOD the FATHER. He was humble and served others rather than expecting others to serve Him. He did not speak of dividing ourselves into “religious” denominations such as mentioned above. He did not have an elaborate amount of properties and “toys”. In fact, JESUS had no place on this earth that He called home. In Matthew 8:20 GOD’S Word states: And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head. JESUS CHRIST did not call on folks to “sow a seed”. The seed means the Word of GOD and not rushing to your phone and donating money to the wacky televangelist so they can purchase their fifth lear jet! 
THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT
In Luke 8:11 JESUS states: Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. 
These false prophets and teachers have learned to use certain catch phrases and focus words that garner the attention of the masses of people that fall for their deceptive schemes every day. Some of the people even have the audacity to place their own names on the Bible to take credit for GOD’S work such as the MacArthur Study Bible, Jeremiah Study Bible, and Gaither Homecoming Bible to name a few. Words and phrases such as “anointing”, “fire”, “fire fall on us”, “sow a seed” are used out of context and this is where YOUR knowledge of GOD’S Holy Word is crucial to your eternal destination. Just to sound “holy” enough these ravenous wolves throw in just the right amount of “LORD LORD” and “PRAISE JESUS” to sound authentic. For a final touch of dramaticism they may hold the Bible in the air and wave it at the crowd. In the book of Matthew 7:21-23 GOD’S Word states: Not everyone that sayeth unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. 
People, it’s extremely important to know beyond the shadow of a doubt what is TRUTH and what is LIES. The only way to know the difference is through JESUS CHRIST who died on the cross for everyone and arose from the grave on the third day to conquer sin and death, FOREVER! The more time you spend with The LORD GOD in prayer and in His Word, the more you will understand and be able to discern between good and evil. This is the only way you will be able to tell the difference between the slick play-actors who are trying to lead you astray and the absolute truth of JESUS CHRIST who is our ONLY GOOD NEWS! In Luke 13:24 JESUS states: Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. 
In John 10:9-10 JESUS states: I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. 
Just as the serpent was influenced by Satan and subtly deceived Eve in the garden, so these wolves in sheep’s clothing will deceive you if you allow them to. THE LORD GOD BELIEVES YOU ARE WORTH MORE THAN THAT, DON’T YOU?