Today is our final day of the “Truth in Love” Series. Thank you for wrestling out the hard stuff with me here. It has been a joy to see so many of you willing to dig deeper.
Today we conclude with the topic of wolves in sheep’s clothing. This is a hard topic because those who deceive the church do not have pointy horns or a red jumpsuit with a pitchfork. They are smooth. Their words are desirable. They worm their way into homes and trick gullible women. Look at what 2 Timothy 3:6 & 7 says…
“They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over gullible women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth.”
Ugh – does that passage really say – women? Yes, it says — “gullible women”. Women who are always learning but never able to come to the knowledge of truth.
This sounds like the day in age we live in. Women are so intelligent. We are highly educated…but education does not equal wisdom, discernment nor coming to the knowledge of truth.
As followers of Christ, we need to be sharp women! We need to be alert. We need to read God’s word, memorize God’s word, study it line by line…then compare every preacher, blogger (including me), author and speaker line by line to God’s word. When we know God’s word we will easily detect error.
If we do not know God’s word…we will be gullible and carried by the winds of opinion and culture rather than standing firm on scripture.
Read what Jesus had to say about the wolves in Matthew 7:15-23:
15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. 18 A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.
21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’
Jesus says, there will be those who did mighty works in God’s name but God will say “I never knew you; depart from me.” This shows me that even those who are deceiving — have deceived themselves!
Do you see that speaking the truth in love may actually help the deceiver? At first they may hate us – but in the end – it will save their souls from damnation!
These wolves are the reason that unity can be so difficult to attain within the church body. These wolves divide and lead the flock astray because they are not sheep. They are truly workmen and servants of Satan.
Look at 2 Corinthians 11:13-15:
For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 15 So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.
These wolves disguise themselves as sheep just as Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.
John Piper writes:
Let me just mention one feature to watch out for in the recognition of wolves. As I have watched the movement from biblical faithfulness to liberalism in persons and institutions that I have known over the years, this feature stands out: An emotional disenchantment with faithfulness to what is old and fixed, and an emotional preoccupation with what is new or fashionable or relevant in the eyes of the world.
Let’s try to say it another way: when this feature is prevalent, you don’t get the impression that a person really longs to bring his mind and heart into conformity to fixed biblical truth. Instead you see the desire to picture biblical truth as unfixed, fluid, indefinable, distant, inaccessible, and so open to the trends of the day.
So what marks a possible wolf-in-the-making is not simply that he rejects or accepts any particular biblical truth, but that he isn’t deeply oriented on the Bible. He is more oriented on experience. He isn’t captured by the great old faith once for all delivered to the saints. Instead he’s enamored by what is new and innovative.
In conclusion, love matters. Without it we are just clanging cymbals. (I Corinthians 13:1)
Truth matters. Without it we will be deceived and led astray.
Grace matters. Grace is a virtue – but grace does not equal silence. Silence is not a virtue.
Romans 12:9 says “Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.”
Sincere love has hate in it. Sincere love hates evil.
Over the course of my 6 years of blogging, I have detected some lies in the midst. It has caused me to lose friendships, opportunities and face much heartache whenever I have chosen to speak against falsehood. But no cost is too great – label me intolerant, judgmental or whatever else you’d like. I love God and I love people and out of my love for God and people, I am compelled to hold fast to truth.
Let’s persevere in lifting the name of God higher until he returns or takes us home.
“Because the Sovereign LORD helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore have I set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame.” Isaiah 50:7
Walk with the King,
**Next week I will announce the new summer series for Women Living Well! I can’t wait to share it with you!!**
**Previous Posts from this series:
Speaking the Truth In Love
The Authority of Scripture and 5 Ways to Defend Truth
The Ultimate Cultural Sin –Intolerance
How to Respond to the Labels – Intolerant, Judgmental, and Hater
What is Sound Doctrine?
Should Christians Simply Unite Around the Gospel?
Can a Woman Be an Elder or Pastor?
Should a Wife Submit To Her Husband?
Can Good Works Save You?