I'm sure you all have seen warning signs in our lifetime, some very serious, others just a reminder like some signs here in Washington reminding to 'watch out for motorcycles' which is a reminder, then there are signs on the beaches in Oregon that warn of dangerous undertow, then there are signs to warn us not to litter, or speed signs, and construction signs and on and on. Usually we pay attention to them, don't we, specially if there is posted the results of not paying attention.
Along life's path to the kingdom there are warning signs that we need to observe and there are results if we don't. I would like to list a few of those signs and let you figure out the results which I don't think will be very hard to do.
2 Peter 3:17 "You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the errors of the wicked."
Mathew :15 "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothes, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves."
1 John 4:1 "Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but try the spirits, whether they are of God."
Colossians 2:8 "Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ."
Mark 12:38-40 "Then He said to them in His teaching, 'Beware of the Scribes, who desire to go around in long robes, love greetings in the market places, the best seats in the Synagogue and the best places at feasts, who devour widows houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. These will receive greater condemnation."
How easy it is to be offended by someone in the church and never go back. We need to be careful that we don't fall from our own steadfastness. The devil loves to trip us up, he is sneaky and sometimes we don't even realize what is happening until we have already fallen for his lie or lies. He loves to use unconverted souls to help him in his scheme.
There are false Prophets and false spirits out there wanting to deceive us. Test their words with Scripture, you can tell if they are speaking truth or not. Don't let anyone cheat you of eternal life with their philosophy and empty deceit.
Of course, even today, there are those who love to be looked up to and want special greetings and best seats and devour widows money and make long prayers just to be heard. I say 'be careful who you follow'. There are false teachers everywhere and they can be tested with the Holy Scriptures.
My family and I have run into numerous false teachers, it usually doesn't take to long to catch on but sometimes it is very hard. I have had friends that have been led astray and it was such a bad experience, they have even turned against God. It is a terrible thing to happen to anyone and heartbreaking to say the least. It causes grief that cannot be explained.
So friends and family, beware of who you are following, make sure it is God and not man. Test every word that you question with scripture and even some that you don't question.
Psalm 119:104,105 "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Through Your precepts I get understanding, Therefore I hate every false way." His precepts are the scriptures and we can learn what is truth and what is not. Grandma Joan