Thursday, 2 August 2018

Wolf In Sheep's Clothing

This poem was inspired by Matthew 7:15-16 which reads,

 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn-bushes or figs from thistles?”

Sadly there are many false prophets and so-called “Pastors” out there who would rather fleece the flock of God than feed the flock of God. They are very dangerous and divisive people who the child of God really needs to be wary of.

Unfortunately not every person who claims to be a Christian is genuine and not everyone who goes under the title of “Pastor” is being led by the Holy Spirit. I hope this poem can help us to determine the difference and encourage us to use our discernment before we let someone influence and lead us spiritually in life.

The tone of this poem isn’t intended to be downcast and negative but rather my hope is that these words can be a positive influence overall. I pray the poem can encourage us to keep our eyes on Jesus and seek wisdom from His Throne.

Beware O’ Christian the wolf in sheep’s clothing,
He may know the Bible better than you.
He’ll say “godly” things and pray with conviction;
He’s learned the right lines and he knows what to do.

He’ll play his role well, at least for a season.
He’ll charm every soul with his silvery tongue,
Tricking God’s people to follow intently,
With well applied Scriptures he’ll fool everyone.

He’ll mention God’s name and claim to be humble,
Professing the life of one serving God’s Throne
But listen more closely and hear his ambition;
The interests he’s serving are purely his own.

Hear how he slanders and mocks other people,
Hear how he uses his words to destroy.
Beating the flock, condemning the brethren;
His sermons will leave you quite absent of joy.

Beware of his hunger for fame and for glory,
Dressing things up as his “Heavenly Call.”
Christian be cautious when lending your talents;
You’ll do all the work, he’ll take credit for all.

Note how he focuses mainly on money,
Listing the ways you can loose the purse string.
He’ll then buy support by controlling the wallet;
If you’re deep in his pocket you can’t confront him.

Treating the Church like his personal business,
Using God’s people to gain his own wealth.
Slaying the saints as he climbs up the ladder,
Turning eyes not to Jesus but onto himself.

Beware O’ Christian the wolf in sheep’s clothing,
A godless persona is lurking beneath.
Given some time it will be seen clearly,
Behind the facade lies a predator’s teeth.

Trust not his smile or words of approval,
Share not with him the depths of your heart.
Should you be found to thwart his agenda,
He’ll turn on you quickly and tear you apart.

Though he may preach we should all be “united,”
Joined by our vision and sharing our goal,
He’ll only unite with the ones who promote him;
The wolf will not stand those he cannot control.

So how does one spot a wolf in sheep’s clothing?
Just look for the web of confusion he weaves.
You’ll find in his wake division and sorrow,
The heartbreaking trail of destruction he leaves.

Bonds will be broken, ministries crippled,
Families fractured and friendships destroyed.
Ruthless he’ll be in achieving his vision,
A wasteland will stand where his troops were deployed.

Only in Christ is there hope for his victims,
Take comfort O’ Christian in God’s sovereignty.
With eyes on the Lord we’ll pick up the pieces
And nothing goes by that His eyes don’t see!

The wolf cannot fool the God of creation,
His years of deception are already known.
Every performance must meet it’s conclusion;
The masquerade over, he’ll reap what he’s sown.

But we dearest brethren, must use our discernment,
Praying for wisdom from Heaven above.
Childlike in faith yet sharp and insightful,
Wise as a serpent yet soft as a dove.

Listen O’ Christian, the Shepherd is calling!
Hear how His voice has a merciful tone.
Flock to the side of our fearless Defender!
Our mighty Redeemer will lead us all home.

Romans 16:17-18
“Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offences, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them.  For those who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple.”

1 John 4:1
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.”

Matthew 10:16
“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.”

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