I have felt compelled for some time to write about the wolves that are tearing the church apart and overthrowing the faith of the multitudes today. But I have been strained for some time to write about it because I cannot seem to put into words the things I feel the Spirit urging in my heart. I’ve tried, but to no coherent avail.
This is an extreme threat because it is the only threat that is listed to compose the perilous times that the scriptures have forewarned us about.
And the reason my spirit is so frustrated is because this perilous threat is taken so… cavalierly. So many people treat it as though we have no threat at all, or that if we just ignore it long enough, this seemingly gigantic problem we face will just go away.
I’m here to tell you that when you hear the wolves howling and the lions roaring, you don’t just ignore the problem and hope they go away! If you do that, you or someone else you know and love is bound to get eaten!
I want to say from the beginning that the answer is to prepare ourselves and become obedient to the Word of God.
That having been said, here is the opening prophecy we need to heed;
“15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles?” ~Matthew 7:15-16
We are told both that these false prophets will come to us appearing to be innocent, but are inwardly devastating, and that we will know them by their fruits. These men, though they dawn the appearance of innocence and goodness, have departed from the way of truth and have become hungry and greedy; they hunger for their own desires and will not tolerate anyone depriving them from satisfying the depravity of their own heart! Look at how it manifests; it manifests in the fruit of their own work!
Herein is my first exhortation; the church must wake up and discern with righteous judgment!
Can the church discern that pastors, who cuss, write book after book about sex, and are obsessed with real-estate and success, are not producing Godly fruit?
I hope we pay attention to Jesus’ description that they are ravenous. These men and women are not innocent. They are looking to feed their own appetites and to do so they will overturn every hindrance that has held them in check for times past.
Prepare Yourself in the Word of God…
“15 Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” ~2nd Timothy 2:15
There is no era past in Christian history, except for the dark-ages, where Christians could recite data from their favorite sports star, but could not name the books of the Bible, or could recite from their heart entire movies from Hollywood, but could not tell you from their heart the gospel of Jesus Christ beyond one or two verses.
It’s not to say that the academic or intellectual knowledge of raw Biblical information equates to sound faith (it does not), however, it is to say that there is a zeal for God that is not in accordance with the true knowledge of God that does not save men’s souls (Romans 10:2). It is also to say that there is an approving that is necessary of the workmen who labor in the Kingdom of God, and a message that is necessary to bring the knowledge of the truth that does lead to salvation.
I know of no other time when faith in the Word of God was so little, or belief that such a thing as truth even exists was so low.
Herein is my second exhortation, which comes from Paul’s exhortation: be diligent to show yourself approved to God, rightly dividing the Word of Truth.
This is an era where “Bible search engines” have replaced “rightly dividing the word of God”. You can now make the Bible say anything you want it to by refining your word search in terms of “translations” and purpose.
Young men and women; it is imperative that you slow down and study the Word of God the old-fashioned way, you know, by reading it. We young men, especially, have to turn off our TV’s, computers, phones, and tablets, and go into our quiet spaces to pray and diligently study the word of God. Beginning from the basics, we must be prepared to defend the faith!
We are going to move on to study the Word of God and the warnings we have in the Word of God regarding the false teachers and deceptions that will come upon us suddenly.
I pray that you will be equipped by the Word of God to discern and identify these false teachers and stay far away from they, for if we are going to overcome and be victorious in this dark generation, we are going to have to be “wise as serpents and innocent as doves”!