THIEVES AND WOLVES
Often there are very unpleasant but necessary subjects we must address in the Church. As we saw yesterday, sheep who know their shepherds voice will not follow strangers (John 10:5). That very statement raises the concern that there are “strangers” or “false brothers secretly brought in – who slipped in to spy out our freedom that we have in Christ Jesus, so that they might bring us into slavery” (Galatians 2:4).
Jude has more to say about such persons. “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” (Jude 4).
Paul makes it clear that these “fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock” (Acts 20:29). In all three references, the issue is that these persons have a disregard for the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ in the gospel and those He came to redeem for Himself.
What is the solution to this intrusion into the Church and the failure to value divine property – His sheep? We can tell the marks of a “thief.” They are a person who “is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep…he flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep” (John 10:12-13). Money is the motive and not the spiritual welfare of the sheep.
The answer to this problem; first leaders get alone with the Shepherd and learn His voice. Then they must teach every other believer to know the Shepherd’s voice so well that every other voice will be rejected. The Spirit teaches us the Shepherd’s voice through the Word of God in the secret of His presence.
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