With an innocent look so clean-cut and so nice
He draws his followers lured into traps like mice!
Luring them in once and then snaring them twice
By trickery he lock-chains his victims down thrice
Mostly women; and all his followers pay the price
Of no intellectual freedom and all sex-favors nice
Leave all behind! Come live with me in paradise!
Truth-sounding-Godly-words most useful to entice
Break them down once by degrading them twice
Don’t heed False Prophet when he lures to entice.
There are many false prophets in the United States today. While most of us don’t understand how people are led away by them, they are adept at sniffing out the vulnerable and all of us are sometimes, vulnerable. From television hucksters, to polygamist cults, to Moonies, and online dooms-dayers, all of them have one thing in common: a strong leader that seats himself in the place of God. Mini-cults also, form around teachers and other strong personalities in churches, though most involved would never think of their situation that way. Anytime, we allow another person to place themselves between us and God, we’ve fallen victim to a false prophet. Many of them set dates for the rapture, promise health, wealth, and prosperity and even create their own scripture, but it isn’t false doctrine that exposes them. It is the lack of spiritual fruit that marks them as false because no amount of deception can build love, joy, peace, hope, and self-control into the character of a human being. They won’t point others toward Christ but only, point to themselves. They are spiritual abusers and no different from any other abusive controller. Beware of them and don’t allow them to enslave your joy.