Thursday, March 5, 2015

Does Everyone Go to Church for the Same Reasons?

A Warning on Wolves

"Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravaging wolves.” Matthew 7:15

No!  Some people do go church for the wrong reasons.  One bad reason to go to church is to have control or be in charge of something.  Do not forget the warnings on wolves given from Jesus and the Apostle Paul.  Remember a wolf does not announce he or she is a wolf, but pretends to be a true follower of Jesus Christ.  In order to heed this warning you must exercise discernment.  Wolves are often referenced throughout the Bible in a metaphorical sense. The Bible highlights a wolf’s hunger (Gen. 49:7), destruction (Jer. 5:6), or vicious, fierce, or ravenous conduct regarding the innocent (Ezek. 22:27; Hab. 1:8; Zeph. 3:3; Matt. 7:15; Matt. 10:16; Luke 10:3; Acts 20:29).   The wolf is out for one thing, himself or herself.  It is not unlike the sinful pride of Lucifer when he said, "‘I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God I will set my throne on high; I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far reaches of the north" or Diotrephes "who likes to put himself first" and “does not acknowledge our authority" (3 John 9). The pattern is the same every time.  All wolves desire to be first or win and reject any authority, except their own authority.  The connection between Satan and Diotrephes is that they are both individuals who hate authority!  Why do they hate authority? It goes back to rebellion against God himself, they hate God.  The wolf wants to feed his own appetites of self-importance.  The wolf wants to win and receive the glory for himself.  A wolf has no interest in being beaten or defeated, he will fight at all costs to the bitter end.  The wolf only sees value in the win or the kill, depending on the fight. Wolves know only one of two options: fight or flight.  And they will not engage in a fight unless they are confident their pack will win.  Wolves can be identified by the carnage they spread; bad attitudes, negativity, division, and bullying tactics.  So stay clear of the wolves, they are one of Satan’s favorite tactics in the local church.

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