We have, for the past few days, been looking at Jude’s description of the Wool-wearing Wolves about which Jesus warns us.
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
Do you remember the Keith Green song, “So You Want To Go Back To Egypt?” I reprinted the words below[i] if you’re unfamiliar. Keith had a great sense of humor, and at the same time was able to deliver a strong message from the Lord. This song gets at another warning sign Jude gives about these false prophets and false teachers.
Grumblers and complainers - this group as a whole might be renamed Pastor’s Bane (can I get an amen?) Hey, I am not a pastor, but have been around church long enough to know.
2 comments today:
1 – Don’t complain – hey if you see a problem in the church, or in the world, it is probably an indication that the Lord wants you to be part of the solution. Seek His face and find out your part. Jesus only did what He saw the Father do, and He was never complaining. So if something feels really wrong, ask the Lord what you and He are going to do about it.
Let me rant on just a bit more there. No church is without problems, and often you can see what you see because God wants to use you to plug a hole that others are not even aware exists, or they have no idea where to start on a solution.
2 – Be cautious of those who are on the sidelines complaining. Don’t ever jump on the bandwagon of a complainer. If you have influence with them, draw them into creating the solution, other wise, back away from that train wreck waiting to happen.
There is a huge difference between plugging in to solve a problem, and sitting back and criticizing with no intention of solving the issue. [Tweet This]
Choose your words wisely, and as Paul says as he begins to close his letter to the Church in Philippi:
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things. Philippians 4:8
See you tomorrow
[i] So you wanna go back to Egypt, where it's warm and secure.
Are you sorry you bought the one-way ticket when you thought you were sure?
You wanted to live in the Land of Promise, but now it's getting so hard.
Are you sorry you're out here in the desert, instead of your own backyard?
Eating leeks and onions by the Nile.
Ooh what breath, but dining out in style.
Ooh, my life's on the skids.
Give me the pyramids.
Well there's nothing to do but travel, and we sure travel a lot.
'Cause it's hard to keep your feet from moving when the sand gets so hot.
And in the morning it's manna hotcakes. We snack on manna all day.
And they sure had a winner last night for dinner, flaming manna soufflé.
Well we once complained for something new to munch.
The ground opened up and had some of us for lunch.
Ooh, such fire and smoke.
Can't God even take a joke…Huh?….(NO!)
So you wanna go back to Egypt, where old friends wait for you.
You can throw a big party and tell the whole gang, that what they said was all
And this Moses acts like a big-shot, who does he think he is.
It's true that God works lots of miracles, but Moses thinks they're all his.
Well I'm having so much trouble even now.
Why'd he get so mad about that cow, that golden cow.
Moses,he seems rather idle, he just sits around.
He just sits around and writes the Bible.
Oh, Moses, put down your pen.
What…Oh no, manna again?
Oh, manna waffles….
Fillet of manna...