Homily: False Prophets

sheep-wolf-shadowMatthew 7:15-2315 Watch out for false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are voracious wolves. 16 You will recognize them by their fruit. Grapes are not gathered from thorns or figs from thistles, are they? 17 In the same way, every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree is not able to bear bad fruit, nor a bad tree to bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 So then, you will recognize them by their fruit. 21 Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the kingdom of heaven – only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. 22 On that day, many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in your name, and in your name cast out demons and do many powerful deeds?’ 23 Then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you. Go away from me, you lawbreakers!’”

Thoughts on Today’s Homily
False prophets:

  1. False prophets exist
  2. False prophets are disguised as followers of Christ (sheep OUTWARDLY)
  3. False prophets are vicious, ferocious wolves (INWARDLY) that mislead, misguide (cf. 2 Timothy 4:3-4)

Recognizing false prophets:

  1. We recognize false prophets by their fruit
  2. Outward actions reveal the inward reality
  3. Good fruit = SHEEP
  4. Bad fruit = WOLVES

False prophets will face judgment (cut down thrown into the fire) and will be fully exposed for what they are before the judgment seat of Christ (19). From this premise of judging false prophets by their fruit, Jesus extends this line of thinking to those in general: despite the miraculous acts done in the NAME of Christ (i.e.  prophecy, exorcism, miracles), one’s who do not do the will of the Father (importance of loving obedience) do not KNOW Christ and will be cast away as lawbreakers.

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