Metaphysical meaning of false prophets (mbd)
false prophets (Matt. 7:15).
Meta. Deceptive thoughts that have been built up by error, selfish desires. Outwardly they present the appearance of being candid and open; inwardly they are ravenous for personal sensation and worldly gain. In order to attain their end they deceive even "the elect."
"By their fruits ye shall know them." Constructive, spiritual thoughts always yield a bountiful harvest of good; therefore the motive back of every thought should be watched prayerfully. Under the analysis of Truth all deception is brought into the light and the fact that the fruit is error reveals the motive to be error. The tree (motive) should be cut down and cast into the fire (denied).
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