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Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing–A Must-Listen-to Sermon

wolf-in-sheeps-clothingDr. Kevin Lewis–a professor of theology and law at Biola University in Southern California–gave a theologically deep, hard-hitting message last Sunday at Bethel Church in Fairbanks, Alaska. His sermon is entitled “Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing” and is based on Matthew 7:15-23–a passage where Jesus warns his followers to watch out for false prophets in the church. Dr. Lewis told his listeners, “Our worst enemies of the faith are not outside. Our worst enemies of the faith are in the church. It’s the people pretending to be followers of the true and the living God who now sound a different trumpet.”

If more messages like this one were delivered in pulpits, Christians would have greater discernment and would not fall victim to false teachings. Here’s a link to the audio recording.

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Holly Pivec is the co-author of A New Apostolic Reformation?: A Biblical Response to a Worldwide Movement and God’s Super-Apostles: Encountering the Worldwide Prophets and Apostles Movement. She has a master’s degree in Christian apologetics from Biola University.

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7 Responses to “Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing–A Must-Listen-to Sermon”

  1. Bruce Cooper Says:

    Listening to it now Holly, thank you!

  2. Mary Ann Says:

    Holly, thank you for all you do to expose error in the church.

    God made mention of both intentional and unintentional sin in the OT and I’ve always wondered whether the wolves who invade the sheep-fold are deceiving them intentionally or unintentionally (being deceived themselves.) 

    If I remember correctly, 1 Kings 13 mentions a prophet of God who was deceived by another prophet and suffered the consequences of believing him.  Would anyone intentionally want to be deceived?

    Hope that made sense….:)

  3. Holly Says:

    Great question, Mary Ann. The Bible does seem to teach that people can allow themselves to be deceived and that they have culpability for being deceived. Consider Romans 1:18-32, where the Apostle Paul describes people who suppress the truth by their wickedness and their thinking becomes foolish and God gives them over to a “depraved mind.” It sounds like a willful suppression of truth that results in deception. Other passages of Scripture come to mind like 2 Timothy 4:3-4, where Paul says a time will come when people will not endure sound doctrine, but instead will surround themselves with teachers who will say only what they want to hear. These people will turn their ears away from truth and listen to myths.

  4. Jordan Says:

    Hi Holly

    Can you recommend any genuinely biblical institutions that offer training in five fold ministry – Pentecostal based, or spirit filled evangelical if there is such a thing, please. I have been aware of the charlatans and false apostolic movements since God revealed it directly to me in the late 1990’s, but yearn for a ministry connection as so few fellowships appear to be hungering for truth and righteousness.

  5. Hope Wingo Says:

    Thank you for truth, Holly!  I’ve reposted your article on https://1way2yahweh.wordpress.com

  6. John Says:

    I’m seriously starting to wonder whether the NAR, or some successor of the NAR, is one of the entities named in the Revelation. (This needs to be fairly short to make it work as a blog comment, so I hope I don’t lose the meaning here)

    The NAR is clearly associated, to an extent, with some form of signs and wonders. Look at the healings claimed by some of the movers and shakers in the movement, this so-called glory cloud at Bethel, and so on. If false christs and false prophets perform might signs to deceive, if possible, even the elect they must come from within something that looks like God’s church – if someone known to be an occultist or follower of some other faith started performing signs and wonders then just about anyone within the church would know it wasn’t of God.

    Now look at what the Revelation says about the beast and dominion in the end times – the beast has dominion over all the earth, and is granted the power to wage war against the saints and overcome them. The Seven Mountains Mandate looks to take dominion over the earth in the end times. Hence those looking to follow the Seven Mountains Mandate are seeking dominion, at the time that the Revelation says the beast will have dominion. Either they seriously don’t know their Bibles (which is worrying in itself) or they are actively seeking the role that the Bible says the beast will have.

    See the way teachers like Bill Johnson seem to reduce the person of Jesus Christ from _the_ Messiah into little more than _a_ Messiah, as he talks of the “Christ anointing” that apparently we can also have. Compare and contrast to 1Jn 4:3 that says any spirit does not confess Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God, and Matt 16:16-17 where Peter identifies Jesus as _the_ Christ, and Jesus said that this was revealed by God. Put it all together and we see God behind the statement that Jesus is _the_ Christ, and what exactly behind the statement that Jesus is little more than _a_ Christ? The beast was given a mouth to utter blasphemies (Rev 13:5).

    I know the links between the dots aren’t absolutely rock solid but I’m increasingly wondering if there is enough there to make a strong enough connection to watch ever-more closely.

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