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Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing

by on February 23, 2016

Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing

In this modern/postmodern, sanitized environment it seems incomprehensible that people could be evil. People can be sick, abused or mistaken but hardly evil. Sinfulness in the Church is scarcely a diagnosis today.

The Bible paints a different picture. Psalm 10 in the Old Testament and Acts 20:29-30 in the New Testament are clear examples of sinful people who presented as true believers.

Psalm 10 tells us that ‘they have rejected God in their heart.’ They may be good citizens or good church members and look fine but, in their heart, have refused to acknowledge God. Acts 20 speaks of grievous wolves with perverse speech designed to make disciples to themselves and not to God.

God’s people are sheep and are easily deceived. Giving unqualified allegiance or unquestioned obedience to leaders will produce deception. Living in an environment of unquestioned compliance will be dangerous to your spiritual health. It will eventually cause emotional control and spiritual death.

Bereans are those who have discernment and wisdom to search the Scriptures. If it is not truth, it is not God. Can God not speak through unlikely voices? He spoke through a donkey and through pagan kings. Every voice we hear, whether suspect or accepted, needs to be checked against the truth. If it is true, it is of God. If it is not true, it is not of God.

Impressive leaders have always taken a toll on God’s sheep. Those kinds of leaders are driven by pride in spite of their front of false humility. God sends prophets to speak truth into each situation to counter the negative and disastrous impact of impressive but insidious wolves. Hear the prophets.

As good, modern Christians we want to think the best of everyone and every situation. That is fine as long as integrity and Godliness rule but, that is not always the case. When it is not, speak out and flee. As sheep we need to know the voice of the Shepherd. When the good shepherd speaks, we listen. When the voice is not His, we fear and flee. We know it is the voice of a wolf.

The Bereans were not controlled by prejudice or partiality but listened with reason and accepted and honored God’s truth. They knew what and who were truth from God and who and what were not. The Church desperately needs that discernment today.

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