Gospel: Matthew 7:15-20
Beware of false prophets: they come to you in sheep’s clothing; but inside, they are voracious wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Do you ever pick grapes from thorn bushes; or figs, from thistles?
A good tree always produces good fruit. A rotten tree produces bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit; and a rotten tree cannot bear good fruit. Any tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So then, you will know them by their fruit.
“Beware of false prophets.”
False prophets are hard to detect. One knows they are false after the fact. A classic example is the struggle between Jeremiah and Hananiah. Both claimed to speak for God. Hananiah was proven wrong and Jeremiah right when Judeah fell into the Babylo nians.
Jesus warns his followers to be discerning with regard to listening to a prophet and following him. Jesus describes false prophets as nice to look at, very attractive, very credible when they speak, but they are there to sweettalk the unsuspecting individuals to buy their rotten products or ideas, to destroy their families, the society, the Church and the environment.
False prophets manifest them selves today by spreading false news, false hopes, and false alarms through their false sites in the so cial media.
Each Christian must know that true prophets lead us to love Christ more, to listen to the Church’s teachings, to receive the sacra ments and to be charitable and merciful to others. They themselves are seen practicing their faith.
Any teacher who teaches and practices otherwise is a false pro phet. Christians, beware of them.
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