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Matthew 7:15

Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

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2 Timothy 3

[1] This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
[2] For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

[3] Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
[4] Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

[5] Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

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We live in time when megachurch pastors and televangelists are drawing large numbers of followers.

Tragically, some of these “religious celebrities” become caught up in the fame, money and power. They yield to temptation and become entangled in sexual and financial scandals. They commit crimes and are sometimes imprisoned.

Examples are given at:

List of scandals involving evangelical Christians

List of religious leaders convicted of crimes

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Christians need to develop discernment along with a relationship with the Holy Spirit in order to judge whether a minister is teaching the truth. Here are some questions to consider:

1. Does the minister draw attention to himself or does he give the glory to God?
2. Does the minister wear expensive clothing and jewelry?
3. Does the minister have expensive cars?
4. Does the minister teach from the scriptures, or does he teach his own ideas?
5. Is the minister humble?

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Did Jesus wear fancy clothes and jewelry?

Isaiah 53:2

For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.

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Was Jesus humble?

Mark 10

[17] And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?
[18] And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.

Jesus took upon himself our sins in the Garden of Gethsemane and died for us on the cross at Calvary.

John 10

[17] Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.
[18] No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.

– Tom Irvine

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Notes:
Avraham is Abraham
Yitzchak is Isaac
Yakov is Jacob

Subject: Dvar Torah – Parshat Lech Lecha

In Parshat Lech Lecha, among the blessings that Avraham was to receive for leaving all that he had was the blessing that he himself should be a blessing (12:2). How does one become a blessing?

Furthermore, Rashi comments that G-d promised Avraham that although he would be identified with Yitzchak and Yakov, any such blessings would end with Avraham’s name at its conclusion. If the sages are correct that Yitzchak and Yakov reached higher levels than Avraham, what made him so special that any blessing would end with him?

Rav Moshe Feinstein explains that Avraham merited greater distinction because he was the first to establish faith in Hashem (G-d). Although those after him reached greater heights, Avraham’s accomplishments were more worthy.

Maybe this can explain how Avraham himself became the blessing: Taking initiative and starting something you believe is important for society is a blessing on its own, because it lays the framework for others to build on it! G-d promised Avraham, and in turn promised us, that, if we become leaders and initiators, our initial efforts will never be forgotten and we will always be remembered as a blessing!

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