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False Prophets

The Second Commandment

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2.2 Guard against being drawn away

We must beware of those who would lead us away from the Lord, and we must prove our love for Him by resisting their allurements and clinging in love and fear to the Lord alone.

Deuteronomy 13.1-5

If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or a wonder, and the sign or wonder that he tells you comes to pass, and if he says, ‘Let us go after other gods,’ which you have not known, ‘and let us serve them,’ you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams. For the LORD your God is testing you, to know whether you love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. You shall walk after the LORD your God and fear him and keep his commandments and obey his voice, and you shall serve him and hold fast to him. But that prophet or that dreamer of dreams shall be put to death, because he has taught rebellion against the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt and redeemed you out of the house of slavery, to make you leave the way in which the LORD your God commanded you to walk. So you shall purge the evil from your midst.”

Galatians 1.8, 9

In spite of these many warnings, Israel would be tempted to follow other practices in worship than those commanded by the Lord. What kinds of things would lead them to ignore the plain and clear revelation of God and begin to do exactly the opposite of what He commanded?

Charismatic and persuasive prophets would provide temptations to disobey the Lord. Men who can speak well, accomplish impressive works, and cast alluring visions may be just the sort to lead the people of God away from the true worship of the Lord.

It has always been thus, and is today. How many people in our own day have left off caring about true worship and the Gospel of the Kingdom to follow some charismatic individual in pursuit of health, wealth, or other false gospels?

We become vulnerable when we leave off hiding the Word of God in our heart and making the Law of God the touchstone in all our ways.

This series of In the Gates we present a detailed explanation of the Law of God, beginning with the Ten Commandments, and working through the statutes and rules that accompany each commandment. For a practical guide to the role of God’s Law in the practice of ethics, get The Ground for Christian Ethics by going to and click on our Book Store.

T.M. Moore

T. M. Moore is principal of The Fellowship of Ailbe, a spiritual fellowship in the Celtic Christian tradition. He and his wife, Susie, make their home in the Champlain Valley of Vermont.
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