“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.”
The image of “a wolf in sheep’s clothing” is an ancient one, understood by cultures worldwide.
The story goes that a hungry wolf came upon a sheep’s fleece lying on the ground in a field. The wolf realized that
if it wore the fleece, it would look like a sheep from a distance.
Dressed in sheep’s clothing, the wolf could sneak up on a flock of sheep and steal a lamb for its supper, before the
shepherd noticed his presence.
As the sun was setting, the wolf approached the flock. When the wolf was about to pounce on a lamb, the shepherd came,
looking for a sheep to slaughter for supper. Thinking the disguised wolf was a sheep, the shepherd quickly grabbed and killed the wolf.
The moral of the story: Frauds and liars are always discovered, and they pay for the actions accordingly.
False doctrine often looks harmless, and may even seem beneficial to us. False teachers may have winning personalities
and deliver their messages with skill and charm. However, wolves in sheep’s clothing always have the intention of devouring and destroying God’s flock.
How can we know the difference between false teaching and truth, between false prophets and genuine teachers?
When it comes to evaluating
teaching, we must measure what we hear against the objective standard of God’s Word. No matter how attractive or seemingly practical, any teaching that does not line up with the Bible must be rejected. Learning the difference between truth and error
means that believers must be thoroughly and intimately familiar with the truth of God’s Word.
When it comes to discerning the authenticity of a
teacher, Jesus says, “You will recognize them by their fruits.”
(Matthew 7:16). In other words, the lifestyle, the attitude, the words, and the productivity of a teacher or leader reveals where his heart really is. Leaders whose lives
bear the fruit of godliness show that they come from God. Those whose lives are filled with hypocrisy and inconsistency show that they don’t come from God.
Don’t be fooled by wolves in sheep’s clothing. Instead, pray for a heart that learns and discerns. Have a great day,
and keep moving forward!
Posted on 10/14/2013
by Dr. Stephen Rummage filed under