Sunday, Sep 25, 2016AM Service
Ekklesia Session 9 - Senses Trained: How Sheep Learn to Spot a Wolf (Part 1)
Speaker: Jerry Wragg
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This week we studied the first of six marks of a wolf in the church.  God's word says that we will be able to spot a wolf by its fruit.  The first mark is "Subtle lies that cause dissension."  Passages examined in the introduction include:  Matthew 7:15-20; Hebrews 5:13-14; 2 Corinthians 10:4-6; 2 Corinthians 11:13; Galatians 2:4; Philippians 3:2; 1 John 2:18-22.

We should not be surprised by false prophets, false teachers, false saviors, false apostles, false brethren, and anti-Christs.  Christ is at the center of the church and Satan spreads untold lies against the character of Christ and His saving work.  The Bible is clear with its distinctions against these wolves and it warns us boldly with many antithetical statements found in passages such as:

  • Acts 20:29 - They are savage wolves
  • Romans 13:16 - Slaves of their own appetites
  • 1 Timothy 4:1-2 - Deceitful, spreading doctrine of demons, liars.
  • 1 Timothy 4:5 - There is no truth in them.
  • Titus 3:11 - Perverted or twisted thinking
  • 2 Peter 2:12 - Unreasoning animals
  • 2 Peter 3:3 - Mockers

These are bold statements purposely provided in Scripture for our instruction.  Our two key passages are 2 Peter 2:1-3 and Romans 16:17-18.  These are bold passages designed to warn and instruct that wolves will introduce subtle lies that cause dissension.  They introduce destructive heresies and they seek those who are vulnerable in the flock.  They influence with a goal to destroy.  They often use false content, false doctrine, and they use flattering speech on the weak and vulnerable.  We are warned; don't be vulnerable.  Some of the vulnerable include:

  • The non-discriminating - these are the lazy who have neglected their Bibles.
  • The new in the faith.
  • The agitators who regularly chaff or argues with doctrine.
  • The morally weak who are weighed down already by guilt and lusts.
  • The timid who cave under pressure.

How should we treat these false teachers?  Paul says to keep an eye on them and turn away from them (Romans 16:17).  We must have nothing to do with the wolves that cause dissensions with subtle lies.