Beware of False Prophets!

In the gospel of Matthew, chapter 7, Jesus warns us to beware of false prophets. Exactly who are these false prophets He warns us about? We may be tempted to think only of the televangelists or the anti-Catholic preachers but too often we welcome these prophets into our home via the television talk shows.
Do we even question the values presented by talk show hosts like Katie Couric, Ellen or the old Oprah shows? Do we even think twice about their influence on our thinking?
I take care of a gentleman who likes Katie Couric so I am familiar with her show. There are so many good shows, ones about colon cancer, health issues, abuse, eating disorders, date rape to name a few. It is easy to just accept everything they do and that is the problem.
There is also a lot to question which contradicts Church doctrine and basically condones serious sin. Much of what Christians view as wrong is presented as normal, cohabitation, homosexuality, transgender, abortion. The president of Planned Parenthood is treated as a hero. About the only things wrong are abuse and drug use.
What would Jesus think of these shows? What would He think of the underlying values we are subtlety bombarded with?
I’m bothered because the shows give the impression this world and life is all we got. Enjoy life as much as you can, do whatever you want without hurting others, live as long as you can because this is all there is. The fact that we have souls destined for eternity is totally ignored. They don’t really care about your faith or your eternal fate.
I am sure there are people who will live longer because of something they saw on Katie. But what good does it do if we live to be 90 or even 100 if we lose our immortal soul.
Beware of false prophets !

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Author: ronquinlan

To me the message is what is important. Feel free to copy and use anything on this blog. Some pieces were originally published by Catholic Lane so please give them credit. I am a charismatic Roman Catholic and former Social Studies teacher in Catholic Schools. Pieces I've written have been published on Catholi Lane, Catholic Exchange and the Women of Grace blog.

1 thought on “Beware of False Prophets!”

  1. Ron,
    This article is timely. Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyer, both preach the Prosperity Gospels, which are NOT aligned with Jesus’ teachings. They are New Age inspired and many people listen to them – they are growing in numbers.
    Anyone who believes in what they teach is not aligned with the Way, the Truth and the Life that The Word gives us. These two preachers change scriptural wording which we are warned in Revelations by Jesus – not to change one word.
    Fran

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