A television evangelist that smacks people in the forehead and says they are healed? A cult leader? Other religious people that don’t claim Jesus to be the Son of God?
What if false teachers were more subtle than that?
What if they seemed legit, always talking about Jesus, always using Scripture and appear to be everything a godly man or woman should be?
This is exactly what Jesus says false teachers are like. Consider what He says in Matthew 7
15 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?17 Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 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 in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
We can clearly see that false prophets have always been a problem and always will be. Even in Jeremiah’s day we find this happening. If this doesn’t blow your mind, I don’t know what will. The false prophets and teachers mentioned in these verses sound just like people we hear today.