A selection of verses showing how this theme runs consistently through the Bible.
The Old Testament prophet Jeremiah gave warnings about false prophets in his day:
21 The LORD of Armies, the God of Israel, says concerning Ahab the son of Kolaiah, and concerning Zedekiah the son of Maaseiah, who prophesy a lie to you in my name: “Behold, I will deliver them into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon; and he will kill them before your eyes.
The prophet Ezekiel gave a similar warning:
16 to wit, the prophets of Israel who prophesy concerning Jerusalem, and who see visions of peace for her, and there is no peace,’ ” says the Lord GOD.’ ”
The Lord Jesus Christ indicated the consequences of listening to or ignoring what he said:
24 “Everyone therefore who hears these words of mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man, who built his house on a rock. 25 The rain came down, the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat on that house; and it didn’t fall, for it was founded on the rock. 26 Everyone who hears these words of mine, and doesn’t do them will be like a foolish man, who built his house on the sand. 27 The rain came down, the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat on that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.”
The Lord Jesus Christ also warned his disciples to be on their guard:
22 For there will arise false christs and false prophets, and will show signs and wonders, that they may lead astray, if possible, even the chosen ones. 23 But you watch.
“Behold, I have told you all things beforehand.
The apostle Paul gave similar warnings in the first century:
29 For I know that after my departure, vicious wolves will enter in amongst you, not sparing the flock. 30 Men will arise from amongst your own selves, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them.
3 For the time will come when they will not listen to the sound doctrine, but having itching ears, will heap up for themselves teachers after their own lusts,