Acts 20:29-30 Apostle Paul
“I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them.”
Matthew 7:15-16 Jesus
“Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits.”
Today, it is harder than ever to decide what is real, and what is not. Man and his machines have advanced so far beyond what our forefathers could’ve ever dreamed up. The advancement of cell phones, computers, and movies for instance, have drastically changed the way we live and function within society just in the last decade alone.
The one thing that hasn’t changed much is the idea of darkness compared to light, good verses evil.
It’s been a consistent reminder of just how evil mankind is, and that we are in need of a Savior.
There are people in this world that do good with no gain in mind, it’s what they feel that they’re called to do. Christ commanded us to use Him as a model, to take up the towel and serve others. So it only stands to reason that those who do not respect that idea, or the mirrored opposite, would be here to serve themselves and their wicked selfish desires. In the above scripture, Jesus said that we would know such people by the fruit that they bear. (Matthew 7:16)
In this post, I will give you five characteristics that will help identify wolves in sheep’s clothing. Much like cults, wolves are similar in that they oporate within the confines of the anti-Christ spirit that seeks to destroy the works of the Kingdom.
5 Characteristics of Wolves
1. They always twist the word of
God. It usually sounds something like this…“God didn’t really mean…”, or “what Pastor was trying to say is…” They seem to put their own spin on things and completely redirect your thoughts to their deceitful plans. Sound familiar? Satan in the garden with Adam and Eve? “Did God really say. ..?”
2. Wolves spend all their time building their kingdom instead of God’s. Most of them are very charasmatic and gifted by God, but use their gifts to draw others to help them. Enticing words and eloquent speech dripping with honey-coated promises lure the unexpected sheep to their side.
It usually goes like this: “If I were in charge”, or rather “I would’ve gave you the job instead of them”.
3. Wolves usually have some underlying and outward sin visible to others. In most cases it’s overlooked because of the blinders they put on others with the promise of using them in ministry. Some type of permiscuious sin is usually there to help draw people in. A flirtatious spirit skirts right up to the edge of dangerous to draw the individual away from where they are to the other side. One thing to remember, there is no gender barrier, wolves will do anything, and use any means possible to get you on their side, even if it takes “coming on” to you if you don’t get it the first time.
4. Wolves prey on the young and week. They seek those who don’t feel like they’re being used to their full potential, or new converts that are called to ministry. Young people in ministry are easy prey because they are prideful and arrogant. They think it’s their right to skip all the labor of “studying to show themselves approved” and advance to the top. Wolves will get them there, but it’s a deadly price to pay in the end.
5. Wolves have relational problems. They don’t play well with others. They are ravenous in nature. They are mostly rebels who don’t answer to authority. They are submissive to no one particular organization. They usually belong to several different ministry groups to keep themselves from gaining too much attention, and this also keeps their options open to help draw people to their cause.
Wolves can do a lot of damage in a short amount of time to the people they draw, and to churches. The main point to stress here is that God loves them, but the spirit that drives them is evil. It’s the “Absolam” spirit that King David had to deal with. Absolam was a wolf. We must learn to recognize this spirit by its rotten fruit for what it is. I believe the enemy has placed them in all four corners of the earth with one assignment, and that is to destroy the church, one gifted member at a time. Be on the look out, watch and stand your ground.
Question: Do you know of someone that demonstrates or exhibits some of these characteristics? If so, find a really strong, spiritually gifted person full of discernment, to seek advise and wisdom from, preferably your pastor. Don’t wait! Someone’s spiritual and physical life could be in danger!