When Jesus warned about the dangers of wolves in sheep’s clothing, he wasn’t kidding around. He was dead serious, and knew full well this would in fact take place – and often. And the early disciples warned about the very same thing. Consider for example what the apostle Paul warned about:
“Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood. I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them. So be on your guard!” (Acts 20:28-31).
There are plenty of such warnings found throughout the Bible and especially in the New Testament. False doctrine and false teaching are a big part of this. But so too are deceptive words concerning Christian living. Many of these wolves are pushing moral positions at complete odds with the biblical worldview.
Thus we have so-called Christian leaders who will champion homosexuality, or abortion, or other sinful activities. They will proudly call right what God has clearly called wrong. And they will urge their flocks to follow in such deception, error and immorality.
So not only is false doctrine what we can expect from the wolves intent on ravening the flock, but immorality as well. Both must be resisted, as both can kill a believer and render a church null and void. Thus obviously the enemy is keen to push both: heterodoxy and heteropraxis.
We must therefore be on guard, just as Jesus commanded us. And there are plenty of examples of this happening all around us. Consider this very recent – and quite incredible – case. A news item tells the story as follows:
“Anti-abortion protesters who meet at the Englehardt Street termination clinic each Thursday have been condemned by the most unlikely of sources. Father Peter MacLeod-Miller, head of St Matthews Church, says the pro-life group is ‘off the rails’ and putting forward an ‘unyielding’ and harmful agenda.
“The church leader said his members had helped women access the clinic, protecting attendees from the ‘damaging’ protesters. ‘It is not just Islamic fundamentalism that is damaging to communities but this “mid-western style” of (religion) that claims interest in human life but displays a frightening capacity to control rather than liberate it,’ he said. ‘Reading the plain nasty comments on their site you can see that they are off the rails on the way to (being) off the planet and it’s horrible to see them in charge of children, claiming the streets of Albury.’
“Fr MacLeod-Miller said while the protesters claimed interest in unborn children, they were being hypocritical. ‘They are not protesting about the child abuse endemic in the principal religious institution that they use as a power base,’ he said. They are glad to take on vulnerable women but unwilling to challenge a powerful institution’.”
Wow – did you get that! Not only do we have a so-called Christian leader fully supporting the murder of the unborn, but he actually assists women in doing this. If ever we have a clear example of a wolf in sheep’s clothing, this has got to be it.
And his confused and incoherent rhetoric seems to match his confused and incoherent theology and morality. So those who want to save God’s children from destruction are just like Islamic fundamentalists? Those who want to prevent those being led off to the slaughter are pushing “harmful agendas”?
Puh-leeese, spare me the Orwellian double-talk. Supporting and promoting the killing of unborn babies is the only harmful agenda going on here. It is most certainly harmful to all the dead babies, but it also harms women big time as well.
Indeed, if he thinks he is somehow helping women here he is deceiving himself big time. As Boston College philosopher Peter Kreeft correctly put it, “Abortion is profoundly anti-women. Three quarters of its victims are women: half the babies and all the mothers.”
Yet this apostate thinks women should be encouraged in this genocide. What Bible is he reading from? Or has he long ago stopped reading it? No one honestly reading the Word of God can come up with the sheer madness that he is spouting here.
But true to form, he is perfectly fulfilling the words of Jesus and the early disciples. False shepherds and deceiving wolves will come in and do horrific damage to the flock of God. This guy is a casebook example of this very thing. We of course need to keep people such as this in our prayers.
Pray that such false prophets are quickly silenced, or radically converted as Saul was, whom I just read about again today in Acts 9. Perhaps they can yet be set free from their deadly deception. And pray for all the women who are being encouraged to kill their own babies. Their grief will be long and hard. The damage being done is simply enormous.
“For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths” (Paul, in 2 Timothy 4:3-4).