Summary: A sermon about false teachers.
A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing
“Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.”
This passage we have just read speaks of the church, which Jesus refers to as the kingdom of heaven, and how it will come to have false teachers, false doctrines, and false leaders. It speaks of how these false ideas will work throughout the church drawing many people astray with man-made ideas and concepts. These false ideas, concepts, teachers, and doctrines are a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
Tonight we will examine some of these false teachings and doctrines that are trying like a plague to eat away at the good news of Christ’s saving grace. Now I say that they are trying because Jesus has already won and His church will be victorious, but there will be some who refuse to accept the good news of Christ’s saving grace, who instead will turn to their own creative minds, inventing for themselves a new doctrine and a new god that will satisfy their itching ears. And this we know because scripture tells us in 2 Timothy 4:3-4:
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”
My mother, well meaning as she was, took me as a child to a school of metaphysical research, they would not call themselves a church, but they studied the bible. Now they would not call themselves a church because they did not hold to the teachings that Christ was the head of the church. Their belief was that Christ never rose from the dead, and that His bodily appearance to the disciples and many other people was a vision. But they had no logical explanation as to what happened to His body. Their explanation was that within the three days Jesus laid in the tomb was that His body was consumed, but I was never told what consumed it. They also taught that baptisms were wrong and went against Jesus’ teachings of being baptized in His name. I did not realize until later in life that they were denying the deity of Christ Jesus. They were teaching that Christ never defeated death and that He never rose again in power as the scriptures prophesied. And to top it all off, this organization pays tribute and idolizes a man, the man that started the organization, who as he claimed he received a vision of the creation of the universe, from Genesis to Revelations. And how God told him to go and preach that salvation is in knowing the true name of God, not in being obedient to Him, but that you know His true name. This organization to date has drawn thousands upon thousands of people, who receive a title of Doctor of metaphysical for accepting this false teaching. Why would people want to be a part of this teaching, when some even know that there are holes in their teaching…in short, because it does not teach them that they are capable of sinning, that they are safe as long as they know the true name of God. This is clearly a teaching that is based on special knowledge and a belief in a self-proclaimed prophet of God, a clever tactic of a wolf in sheep’s clothing.