Mat 7:15 Beware of false Prophets, which come to you in sheeps clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves,
Mat 7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns? or figs of thistles?
Mat 7:17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit. But a corrupt tree, bringeth forth evil fruit,
Mat 7:18 A good tree can not bring forth bad fruit: neither can a rotten tree bring forth good fruit.
Mat 7:19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit, shall be hewn down, and cast into the fire.
Mat 7:20 Wherfore by their fruits ye shall know them.
Mat 7:21 Not all they that say unto me, LORD LORD, shall enter in to the kingdom of heaven: but he that doth the will of my father which is in heaven.
Mat 7:22 Many shall say to me in that day: LORD, LORD: have we not prophesied in thy name? Have we not cast out devils in thy name? Have we not done many great deeds in thy name?
Mat 7:23 And then will I knowlege unto them: I never knew you, Depart from me, ye workers of iniquity.
The above quote is taken from the Tyndale New Testament. All that has been changed is that the spellings have been modified to our present day English spelling. For anyone reading this, and desiring a copy of the FIRST ENGLISH New Testament, they are available through Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk for a very reasonable price. (I have provided a link to the Tyndale site to the left of this blog.)
It is a little known fact that Tyndale gave his life in order to translate from the Greek, a New Testament in the English language and he also did a great deal of work on the Old Testament before the Catholics stirred up the authorities and had him killed for daring to translate the Scriptures into English.
Tyndale never got the credit he deserved in an earthly sense for it was his work that was used extensively to create the Geneva Bible and of course, it was the Geneva Bible and Tyndale's work that was used for the KJV we now have.
So much for long introductions... =)
My dear desert pal wishes to discuss more of the mysterious ways of the Holy Spirit and how these have been distorted and used in paganism.
Well, we see above in the Scriptures quoted, that there are many that will "do things" in the name of the Lord and the Lord does not commit Himself to them, and tells them to depart, that He never knew them.
I've known witches that actually said, "I can talk christian." And they could! But this shouldn't really come as any surprise for the Bible clearly tells us
"Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble."
The devils have more sense than human beings. Sad state of affairs!
So from what I have seen, there are people still today looking for miracles, signs and wonders as proof of God's existence. Yet the Bible clearly teaches us in the book of
The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would shew them a sign from heaven.
He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, [It will be] fair weather: for the sky is red.
And in the morning, [It will be] foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O [ye] hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not [discern] the signs of the times?
"A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And he left them, and departed."
I am not saying that our Lord is not in the miracle business today, for certainly my own salvation is nothing short of just that!
Yet, I think it's important to realise that there are those in this world that proclaim to do miracles, signs and wonders in the name of Jesus and Jesus never knew them and He will tell them so in time to come.
Certainly, I do not believe the circus side shows televised on so-called christian television are of the Lord for many reasons, not the least of which is due to the fact that our Heavenly Father is not the author of confusion and works in a way that is clear and orderly.
And that's my "brief" outline regarding so-called miracle workers of today in religious circles.
I'll go into more of the New Age/Pagan tendancies in my next post.