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.
Jesus gives us a warning about these individuals in Matthew 7:15:
“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”
Islam is another form of false teaching that denies that Jesus was the Lamb of God, that He was a lesser prophet than Muhammad, and that it was Judas that went to the cross instead of Jesus and that Jesus never rose again with all power. 2 Peter 2:1 speaks of this denying of Christ Jesus, letting us know that they will come to a swift end:
“But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.”
Islam is the religion of Muslims that since terror of 9/11 have been claiming that their religion is about peace and tolerance, but their own bible called the Quran speaks a different story, as it reads in their book of Surah 47:7 – “When you meet the unbelievers, then it is smiting of the necks [strike off their heads].” Muslims have historically spread Islam through conquest, whenever and wherever they could. It is either confess that “There is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is his prophet” or lose one’s head. As Islamic authority Ahmad Hasan az-Zayat states in Al-Azhar, Cairo, Egypt, “Holy war [jihad] is…a divine obligation. The Muslim [knows] his religion is a Qur’an and a sword….” The 19 terrorists that attacked in 9/11 were devout Muslims acting in “the name of Allah”. Would you b amazed to know that since that attack, more than 100,000 Americans have converted to the Islamic faith? People have once again fallen for a wolf in sheep’s clothing, a wolf that leads the people to believe that they are a victim of the Jewish nation, and that American, being a friend of the Jewish nation; we must suffer because we do not believe in the Muslim’s god. Here again we have a false religion that denies the deity of Jesus and places Him below their own prophet who is a confessed sinner who had some 19 wives.