Watching wolves hunt down and devour their prey is instructive to the dangers of false teachers (which the Bible considers wolves), who hunt down and devour their prey with deceitful doctrine and smooth speech. But most professing Christians today would rather let false teachers devour their prey than sound a warning and appear to be “unloving.”
The Bible warns that wolves (false teachers) (Acts 20:26-31) will arise among the flock. And yet, under the pretext of “love,” American evangelicalism condemns pointing out these wolves.
But let’s see if this reasoning holds up. If a dangerous wolf (the animal kind), waiting to devour people, was in the neighborhood, would it be unloving to warn others about it?
Of course not. It would in fact be unloving, and even hateful, not to warn others.
And how much more dangerous is a false teacher, who leads others to eternal physical and spiritual torment in hell?
While one must be careful not to hastily judge and slander someone as a wolf, Jesus promises that wolves in sheep’s clothing can be known by their fruits:
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?” (Matthew 7:15-16).
One of the most recognizable fruits is teaching a false gospel. And false gospels are taught all around us: Roman Catholicism, the Federal Vision, N.T. Wright’s theology, the Seeker Sensitive Movement, and Campbellism, just to name a few.
Who will do the loving thing and warn the church?
“Wolves Among You”