Matthew 7:15-20

Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. - Matthew 7:15-20

Dear Jesus,

You never exaggerated a point or said anything false. And you are serious about protecting us from false teachers. With the click of my cell phone I can hear any kind of teacher or prophet I would ever want. Some are amazingly gifted teachers. Please give me discernment to be able to tell if any of them are teaching different than your pure word of truth. Help me be able to know if they are actually in it to win it for themselves or for you and your beautiful gospel. Make me aware of the fruit of their lives, so I can see when they are truly not one of your humble servants. And in the meantime I pray that you fill the world with true and humble teachers of your word that are well versed in the Scriptures and who share it with power and clarity.


Pastor Don Patterson

Just because a teacher is good doesn't mean he is right. Be careful how you listen.