Saturday, April 10, 2010

Evangelical Churches and Ministries: the slaughterhouse of the sheep

Act 20:28 Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood. 29 I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; 30 and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them. 31 Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish everyone with tears.

We know wolves will come in, as Scripture says they will. But we're seeing that they come in because the "shepherds" not only allow them in, but worse, some INVITE them in and tell the sheep to just hush and quit making a fuss.

Most of the "evangelical" churches/ministries have virtually become the slaughterhouse of the sheep, with the shepherds holding our heads while the wolves curl thei lips and show their vicious teeth, ready to devour us without mercy. And the shepherd woos and consoles the wolf, while the sheep are battered by the rod!

According to one Canadian website that reports on the Black Wolves attacking farmers' animals: "Fact: The typical wolf killing pattern is for one wolf to grab the prey by the rear and hold it while its partner tears out the throat. In the Autumn, the parents will teach the new crop of youngsters how this is done."

Would a farmer invite the wolf into the barn to devour his sheep? Are not his sheep valuable to him? Does he not protect them the best he can? Surely a farmer (or shepherd) knows what a wolf is and that they are never to be trusted near their land, much less the barn! Or do you think the farmer would think it wise to invite the wolves into the barn?

If this is true in the physical issues of this world, how much more true is it of the spiritual?

Jud 1:4 For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.

What do you think a wolf in sheep's clothing looks like? How would you recognize a false teacher? Would you even bother?

Because we know the voice of our Great Shepherd, we who belong to the Lord Jesus Christ, refuse to follow the false shepherds as well as the wolves in sheeps clothing:

John 10:3 To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. 5 A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers."

Do not try to mesmerize us by soft words.
Do not try to trick us by red herrings and strawmen arguments.
Do not try to bully us or shame us into silently following men who are not HIS shepherds nor love HIS sheep.

Telling us the wolves are sheep will not make us follow them. No, we are not fooled. We know HIS voice and will not follow your deadly immitation.

Mat 7:15 "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.

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