If a prophet, or one who foretells by dreams, appears among you and announces to you a sign or wonder, and if the sign or wonder spoken of takes place, and the prophet says, “Let us follow other gods” (gods you have not known) “and let us worship them,” you must not listen to the words of that prophet or dreamer. The LORD your God is testing you to find out whether you love him with all your heart and with all your soul. It is the LORD your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him.
Deuteronomy 13:1-4 NIV
This chapter in Deuteronomy is a call to resist the temptation to allow anything to take God’s rightful place in your life. For ancient Israel, the allure of false gods worshipped by the people around them was a constant temptation. False gods abound in our world today, although they go under different names now. Some of these false gods are recognized as one of the world’s competing religions….