I am showing my age here, but this morning as I was reading the introduction to Jude I got that old jingle for Parkay margarine in my head.
When you think it’s butter, but it’s not, it’s Parkay.
Ha – how many of you are singing along with me now?
We are jumping off from Jesus’ words in the Sermon on the Mount,
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. ~ Matthew 7:15-16
and skimming through the little letter that Jude (Jesus’ half brother) wrote to warn the Church about false prophets. Over the next couple days we are going to take a not too in depth look at what Jude has to say about false prophets.
I want to make it clear right here, that I am not a heresy hunter, looking to attack every little doctrine that I don’t 100% agree with. I know that I have not arrived, and as such, still have a ton of mind renewing to walk through. I do not hold doctrines with a death grip, because that will freeze me exactly where I am , and I would never grow in Christ-likeness with a know it all attitude.
Yet we must heed these warnings – so I keep an eye out, and you should too!
The first thing Jude tells us is:
For certain persons have crept in unnoticed, ~ Jude 4
A false prophet will, at first, slide under the radar. He will look, sound, even smell like a sheep. And you often find them in the sheepfold rubbing wool with the lambs of God’s precious flock.
Paul said this as he was leaving the elders in the Church in Emphasis for the last time:
Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. 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. ~ Acts 20: 28-30
Jude and Paul both make the case that these false teachers and false prophets will sneak in, and will not be apparent until they are inside the doors of the Church.
So much for what is the same, tomorrow we will begin to see what makes a wolf stand out from his wooly friends.
See you tomorrow,