But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. 2 And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. 3 And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep. – 2 Peter 2:1-3
When the United States made formal recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and moved our embassy to that city, a number of protests and much rhetoric surrounded the events. I receive a weekly summary of news coverage in Israel that focuses especially on the religious implications of such current events. As you can imagine there was much to report on this past two weeks.
High on the list was the involvement of Christian leaders from the USA who are notably-pro-Israel and who have a view of these events with much more far-reaching implications that I am inclined to embrace. One of those was Rev. Robert Jeffress of the 12,000 member First Baptist Church in Dallas. According to CNN (and other sources)
Jeffress has frequently denounced Islam, calling it an “evil religion” that “promotes pedophilia” because the Prophet Muhammed married a 9-year-old girl. (Many modern Muslim scholars disagree about her age.) The pastor has also said that Mormons, Muslims and Hindus “worship a false god.”
While I’m not ready to be quite as outspoken as Jeffress, I must concur in his assessment of the Mormon cult. The pinnacle of Mormon salvation involves a works-righteous reward of a man and his wife becoming Mr. & Mrs. God (together with Mr. God’s spirit harem) procreating spirit children for a planet over which they rule in the celestial kingdom. Until the early 1980’s the Mormon church would not consider or call themselves Christian, but since that time, they have been working to gain mainstream acceptance as “another testimony to Jesus Christ.”
Never mind that their Jesus is the spirit brother of Lucifer. Never mind that their Jesus is not God in the flesh. Never mind that if you want to gain the highest experience of eternal life you must be married in the Temple, keep the word of wisdom, have served an 18 month mission, and paid your tithe regularly. And if you want your wife to be with you in the celestial kingdom you better remember her name so that you can pull her through the veil (together with all your other wives in this fantasy land of spiritual deception).
False prophets come in many different forms. They will ultimately lead you away from faith in Jesus Christ alone for your eternal salvation, forcing you to rely on what you have done or managed to avoid doing.
Keep a close look out for false prophets. The very best of them look harmless (sheep’s clothing!), and speak smoothly. But the true prophet will lead you to repentance and faith in Jesus, and a sure and certain eternal hope toward which you can guide your whole life.