One day Jesus was teaching His followers about false teachers and how to be wary of them.
Ask the children…
What are false prophets? Why do they disguise themselves?
“‘Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves. ‘” (Matthew 7:15)
A prophet is a person who speaks for God. A false prophet claims to speak for God but is really speaking for themselves or someone else and doesn’t care what God wants.
False prophets must disguise themselves so people will believe in them. They come talking like a friend, someone who cares. This is the comparison Jesus made to harmless sheep. Why would I be afraid of this person and not listen to them?
But in reality they are like vicious wolves that are looking for an opening to attack and tear us apart. These false prophets would tell people for example that they had to keep the law (rules) to be saved. The false prophets were the ones to define what the rules were and bullied people around to do what they said. Or they might say that people’s lifestyles and morals don’t matter at all and God would accept and bless them anyhow.
Jesus knew His heavenly Father and how He loved His people enough to send His Son to die for their sins and to give them new life. This was the true message of the gospel and any other message was false.
Ask your children if they hear any false messages today? Give them some examples of people predicting when the end of the world will be and what people should do to prepare or others who say that there are many paths to God and Jesus is only one of them. Pray together and ask God for protection from and wisdom to discern false prophets.
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