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What are some scripture verses that talk about false prophets in the church?

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Some verses in the Bible that discuss false prophets are Jeremiah 23:16, Matthew 7:15, Luke 6:26, 2 Peter 2:1-3 and 1 John 4:1. Other Bible verses that talk about false prophets are Matthew 24:23-27, Mark 7:6-9 and II Corinthians 11:14-15.

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While the Old Testament does not deal with the idea of false prophets as often as the New Testament, Jeremiah 23:16 expresses that there were already people posing as prophets, even though they had not received divine approval. In Jeremiah's day, false prophets provided false hope to the Israelites, while Jeremiah warned them of an impending Babylonian attack.

In Matthew 7:15, Jesus makes his famous comparison of false prophets to wolves in sheep's clothing. Jesus used the example of the Pharisees, who wore showy clothing to differentiate their religious status from the common people, even though Jesus portrayed them as false teachers. In Mark 7:6-9, Jesus applied a passage from the Book of Isaiah to these inept leaders, calling them hypocrites because of their weighing of tradition as more important than the commandment of God.

In Luke 6:26, Jesus admits that false prophets are usually accepted by the masses. As a result, in his prophecy of the last days stated in Matthew 24:23-27, Jesus said that many false prophets and even false messiahs would arise. The verses in II Peter 2:1-3 explains that false prophets had already proliferated in the first century, many of them from the Christian congregation.

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