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Trinity Baptist Church

Wolves in Sheep's Clothing (Matt 7:15-20)

The danger of the false prophet is an old one and so God has been warning his people against them for millennia. In these verses, Jesus instructs us on how we may recognize such a false prophet. Though at first glance the foe will appear as one of us; he will seem to be one of the sheep. However, if we dig a little deeper we shall discover that this is only a disguise and we are in fact dealing with a ravenous wolf. We are able to identify the wolves by their fruit; that is, they are known by their words and deeds. Just as a healthy tree bears healthy fruit and a diseased tree bears diseased fruit, the false teacher bears only diseased fruit. We shall recognize them by their fruits.