Beware of False Prophets
If the sins of believers are blotted out, obliterated, and put away; if the righteousness of Christ is transferred to them, and this entitles them to reign in life with Him, then it will follow that those who are engaged in teaching that “neither sin nor righteousness are in themselves transferable;” that believers in justification, “receive only the benefits or effects of Christ’s righteousness,” are false witnesses for God, and are engaged in speaking lies in the name of the LORD. And it should never be forgotten, that although the heavenly Comforter, the Holy Ghost, is the author of all meekness, and in His influences He is compared to a dove, yet He has inspired His servants, the prophets, to write the severest things against those who “utter error against the LORD, to make empty the soul of the hungry, and cause the drink of the thirsty to fail.” (Isaiah 32:6)
And, notwithstanding all the pretensions of such men to universal charity and liberality of sentiment, He exposes the secret iniquity of their hearts, and calls them by very foul names. He calls them liars, and vile persons and workers of iniquity because they “devise wicked devices to destroy the poor with lying words, even when the needy speaketh right.” (Isaiah 32:7)
In perfect accordance with this, was the conduct of our Lord Jesus. His whole character was made up of meekness, kindness, and love; yet how severe were His invectives against those builders, the Scribes and Pharisees. In this also He is imitated, in measure, by all His faithful disciples, whom He has so earnestly warned to “beware of false prophets who come in sheep’s clothing” (Matthew 7:15). For in the same proportion believers are humbled with spiritual discoveries of the divine glory in the grand plan of salvation, will their holy zeal be inflamed against every corruption of the gospel, so as not to bear them that are evil (Revelation 2:2), not even to receive them unto their house, nor to bid them God’s speed (2nd John 1:9-11).