Ravenous Wolf or Confused Sheep? (Part I)
A subject critical to the health of the body of Christ is the matter of discerning the difference between those who are out to destroy the body of Christ and those who are the victims of bad doctrine. The body of Christ is anemic, and it is because the spiritual immune system has been compromised. Instead of vigorously attacking the dangerous virus of false doctrine creeping in as a healthy immune system would, we ignore it!
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in
sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes
of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree
bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth
forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil
fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good
fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is
hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their
fruits ye shall know them.
This passage of scripture is where we derive the term "wolf in sheep's clothing" from. There is a conscious effort made to deceive the elect of the church body, the true Christian. 'Ye shall know them by their fruits' means we have to... dare I say it aloud?... JUDGE their fruits! The so called 'love gospel' (which I will speak more of in part II) stands squarely in opposition to exercising judgment of any kind, to the detriment of the body of Christ. So why is this such a dangerous topic?
Now go, write it before them in a table, and
note it in a book, that it may be for the time to come
for ever and ever: That this is a rebellious people,
lying children, children that will not hear the law of
the LORD: Which say to the seers, See not; and to the
prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto
us smooth things, prophesy deceits:
Many in the body of Christ are in peril. Their ears are plugged, their eyes are closed. This is a very dangerous place to be spiritually, those in this condition are in danger of becoming as the lost! (2 Corinthians 4:3 KJV) The only gift I can claim is the boldness to speak the truth. I know I keep repeating myself on some subjects but I do so for a reason. We must all develop this boldness in these stormy times. We must embrace truth at all costs as if it were a life preserver, because guess what? That's exactly what it is. I pray we all are filled with boldness and courage to speak those words that Christ puts in our mouths.
Preach the word; be instant in season, out of
season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering
Some of us may think we have to go to some far off land to be a missionary in order to be in His will. Sure, He calls some to do that, but we are all called to be missionaries. There is no special calling, it is the requirement of every Christian to not only preach the gospel, but to reprove, rebuke and warn those within the reach of our unique ministry, our friends, loved ones and acquaintances.
And of some have compassion, making a
difference: And others save with fear, pulling them out
of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the
Jude speaks here of two ways to deal with people. Some definitely respond better to a gentle gospel, those who are already seeking truth but are deceived and have lost their way. Then there are others who need to be shaken out of their spiritual complacency by a sense of the urgency of their situation. Some are saved with fear. The thing we have in common is that we are all but a heartbeat away from eternity. Whatever has to be done must be done today rather than tomorrow.
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