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Beware of False Prophets
The Eighth Sunday after Trinity

In the Gospel of St Matthew beginning in the vii chapter and 15th verse, Jesus told us to "beware of false prophets". Today we hear a lot of different things from clerics about what is right and what isn't. What is needful and what is to come. How is one to know who is the false prophet and what doctrine is right?

St. Paul instructed Timothy to teach only that which was doctrinally sound [Ti 2:1] and that the Scripture was profitable for doctrine and teaching [Ti 3:16]. How can one tell what is sound doctrine? How can one know a true prophet? Recently a friend addressed this problem in a Bible study on Genesis. He advised his listeners not to take his word, but to test it by the Word of God. He then reminded us of the saints in Berea who "were more noble... in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so" [Acts 17:11]. Let us be so wise and noble that we might cling to that which is True and not be deceived by false prophets and false doctrines. Let us also watch and take care before we stray from traditional teachings, for he also said, "ye shall know them by their fruits".

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