Are You A Sheep In Wolves Clothing?

By Craig Moss

Back Yard Ministries

 

Rom 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

 

We have all heard the term, “Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing”. That is referring to someone who comes to us looking and acting like a Christian, usually one who is “in the Ministry” but indeed is not a minister of God, but a minister of iniquity. They love to devour people and ministries that are seeking after the will of God! They sneak in unseen amongst the flock, and tear and gnash at the sheep when they least expect it. I am sure that if we take a poll, most of us have encountered a “Wolf in Sheep’s clothing” at one point or another in our Christian walk.

 

Mat 7:15-20 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

 

In today’s Church, we have even a bigger problem. We have “Sheep in Wolves Clothing”. If a saint of old were to walk in to just about any building with the name “Church” in the front of it today, they would die a thousand deaths at the appearance of the people on the pew that identify themselves with Christ! If Steven were to sit and observe the lack of respect that is given the house of God today, would he think it was worth the cost? Brothers and sisters, there are rivers of wastewater flowing where once flowed rivers if pure water!

 

We are unable to recognize a wolf these days, because he doesn’t have to wear sheep’s clothing anymore, he can come as he is and fit right in!! After all, that’s the motto of the Church today; “Come as you are”. Although that motto is true for sinners, it does not hold true for saints! Saints are supposed to be setting the example, not following it! 

 

I saw an advertisement for a local so-called Baptist Church. In their ad they had a pair of jeans, and a descriptive phrase that said: “Church Clothes”. Let me be the first to say, WRONG! Why do I believe that it is wrong? I am glad you asked! Follow me…..

 

Gen 35:1-4 And God said unto Jacob, Arise, go up to Bethel, and dwell there: and make there an altar unto God, that appeared unto thee when thou fleddest from the face of Esau thy brother. Then Jacob said unto his household, and to all that were with him, put away the strange gods that are among you, and be clean, and change your garments:And let us arise, and go up to Bethel; and I will make there an altar unto God, who answered me in the day of my distress, and was with me in the way which I went.  And they gave unto Jacob all the strange gods which were in their hand, and all their earrings which were in their ears; and Jacob hid them under the oak which was by Shechem.

 

Well! What have we here? Please notice in the Kings English “be clean, and change your garments” That doesn’t sound like “come as you are” to me. He’s telling them to get cleaned up and change their clothes; they are going to go to that place where they met with God! You just don’t wear your every day clothes to God’s house. Christians, you ought not walk into the Church house wearing whatever you feel like wearing! Change your garments! Put on your very best for God. I am not talking about trying to out dress each other. Wear the best you have! Did God not give you His very best? Also, please notice the reaction to these comments: And they gave unto Jacob all the strange gods which were in their hand, and all their earrings which were in their ears” I wonder which part the earrings played, are they a form of gods or are they unclean? Either way, they dared not wear them before God! Yet men are wearing earrings to Church, they wear shorts to Church, Tee Shirts (and some with wicked graphics on them), ball caps, etc. That only covers what the men are wearing, I dare not mention what the women aren’t wearing….. We are not going to our buddy’s house, the ball field or the beach! We are supposed to be going to Church! You know, Church…God’s house! Christians have no respect for the things of God these days. The Church is in sad shape!  

 

 

Pro 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

 

Pro 1:22-33 How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge? Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you. Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; But ye have set at naught all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD: They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices. For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them. But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.

 

The Church is a joke to the lost crowd, who, by the way have more respect (fear) for the Lord then to go to his house half dressed. When they walk in the door, they walk out not only as lost as they walked in, but also convinced that they are alright, they must be, they fit right in with the people down at the Church house. A sinner should not be comfortable in the house of God! There should be something there to convict them as soon as they walk in the door. They should recognize the difference between you and themselves without having to search for it. Stop being a sheep in wolves clothing!

 

We hear some of the lamest excuses these days from Christians for why they dress like they do to come to the house of the Living God, like “Everybody else is doing it” or that famous Momma line, “well I am afraid they won’t fit in with their friends”. What does God’s Word say?

 

Exo 23:2 Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil…

 

Pro 1:10 My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.

 

Pro 1:15 My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path:

 

Momma, Daddy, stop making excuses for Junior! Teach him not to follow a multitude to do evil! And yes, a lack of respect for God IS EVIL! Praise God when they don’t fit in because they are doing right!! I’d be sore afraid if my children did fit in with the Church of today. Perhaps Mommy and Daddy need to stop making excuses for themselves as well…

 

You are teaching your children to live like the world and call themselves Christians!

 

It’s also not just in the Church house. Christians are partaking in all sorts of worldly activities. There are some that put on the show at church, yet are completely different at home and on the job. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever, shouldn’t we be also? When people see us outside of Church, is Christ evident in us? It’s difficult to believe that there is any evidence of Christ in the modern day Christian, whether it be on the job, at the house or even in the Church house on Sunday. The Church is a failing institution! The World abounds in wickedness, because the Church has no power!

 

In order to restore power to the Church the Church will have to repent! “Clean yourselves and change your garments!” “Renew you mind!” These things were put in the Word of God to help us! Put them to use. Lose that old stagnant mindset you have and feast on the Word of God!

 

Stop being a Sheep in wolves clothing! Put on the uniform of the team you are on! If that ungodly outfit you are wearing is your team uniform, then you might want to either change teams or get off the field, this isn’t your game!

 

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