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Permalink 01:19:34 pm, Categories: By Pam, 986 words   English (US)

The Big Bad Wolf

Matt 7:15-16 "Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing,but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them." AND 7:21-23 "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord,Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evil doers!"

I don't think there is any born again believer in Christ that has not suffered disillusionment in church. As new believers, we put our trust in those more mature believers to guide us and direct us in our faith and as in any time that we put faith and trust in other human beings, we are let down. The organized church can also be a downright hostile environment for those who have truly been born again. I too suffer disillusionment and long for purer, truer fellowship and am often disgruntled to the point of just quitting.


God often disciplines me by allowing me to have my way for a bit and I see his hand in my current situation. God has allowed me to have an illness that precludes me from attending church and I have been home every Sunday since September and by my isolation, He has given me a truer insight to Christian fellowship and its importance.

Now that I've been away for awhile, I am beginning to forget the things that steal my joy in worship. I don't like most of the traditions for they seem to cloud the truth and exclude those that I would like to include. I don't like the weight that is put upon what man must do to be good and would prefer to hear about what God does in the lives of common men and women through faith in Jesus Christ. All this tends to fade in time and what comes to mind are the people. I wonder how Pauline is doing with all the burdens she must bear and I miss her hugs. I miss sitting with Danny and Andrea as I have for years and blending my voice with theirs as we worship the Lord in song. I miss Patty and Don and their steadfast encouragement. I miss Vickey, my weary Martha who can never say no. I miss Peggy and Bobby and their familiar, "How are you, hon?" and more hugs. Oh, how I miss those hugs! Then the thought hits me. I don't hate church. I love the church and I need the church. I have allowed the wolves to steal my joy in worshiping with these dear people.

The wolves love organizations for in them they find an audience for their religious show. They love to control and impose burdens upon those who have been made free in Christ. They love to make a show of their holiness and make rules of their own personal practices to impose on others that they might glory in their flesh. They seek to build ministries on the backs of the saints and scower the community for workers to build their small kingdoms. All the while saying, Lord look what we have done in your name!

These wolves can come in the form of pastors but not always. They also come as laymen or University Presidents or song leaders. They are not known by title, office, or the lack thereof but by their fruits. The fruits of the Spirit are of the Spirit and can not be generated by carnal men. They are able to disguise themselves as Christians, as sheep but they are unable to change their inward condition and as all carnal men,they seek not the things of God but only that which serves themselves. They are known by the way in which they tack on the name of God to give authenticity to their own will. They don't serve the Will of God because they can't. The only hope for them is our only hope too, that being saving faith in Jesus Christ.

The wolves can have what they want. The traditions, the organizations, the programs, and the ministries that bring them glory. They have their reward now. However, they can no longer have my joy in worshipping with my brothers and sisters in Christ. I will no longer allow them to devour me but will seek refuge in my Shepherd, Jesus Christ. He Who protects me from the wolves without will also protect me from the wolves within. I resting safely in Jesus, will seek to love and in unison lift Jesus with fellow believers where ever we may be.

There is no organization of man that can contend with Jesus and win. Where ever I join with another in Christ, there He will be also. That can be in my home, in a church of any denomination, or in any workplace. We who are in Christ are the living stones of the church. We can't be destroyed nor contained within any human organization. We mustn't allow the wolves to keep us from meeting together and enjoying the true fruits of the Spirit as together, we seek to do the Will of God.

Don't be like me, afraid of the Big Bad Wolf. Be filled with the Holy Spirit and the joy of knowing Jesus and share that joy with one another; those of us who are the beloved of Christ. We are His church the bride that will be presented without blemish or spot. Though man's imitation will fail and crumble to the dust as all things of man, we will be made eternal and made to dwell where there will no longer be any wolves. Ours is the victory in Christ!

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Comment from: SocietyVs [Visitor]
Good blog. The wolves do exist but I think an even greater thing would be - to let the wolf know his errored ways (which is troublesome to do). Still I am game for such an endeavor - I think we need to start living like it is changed - and it eventually will. But I hear you on this - wolves suck.
Permalink 02/01/07 @ 20:52
Comment from: Pam [Member]
Yeah, they can make life miserable and we do have to be wary of them because wolves are preditors. The thing to remember about preditors is that if let them know you are aware of them, they will usually turn to easier prey. They can huff and puff but they'll not blow my house down 'cause its built upon the Rock!

Permalink 02/01/07 @ 21:09
Comment from: Trent [Member] ·
There are three of four quotes from this blog that are instant classics in my book.
Permalink 02/02/07 @ 09:19
Comment from: Pam [Member]
Hey Trent,

From my book to yours!

Permalink 02/02/07 @ 10:42
Comment from: Sherry [Visitor]
Awesome! I have felt the Lord impressng upon my heart recently that WE are the church! When did we decide to allow men to lead us, when we have a leader in Christ Jesus?

Shouldn't Pastor's be facilitaters rather than directors? Aren't we all in this together?

Matthew 23: 1 Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: 2 "The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat. 3 So you must obey them and do everything they tell you.
But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach.
4 They tie up heavy loads and put them on men's shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them.
5 "Everything they do is done for men to see: They make their phylacteries wide and the tassels on their garments long; 6 they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues; 7 they love to be greeted in the marketplaces and to have men call them `Rabbi.'

8 "But you are not to be called `Rabbi,' for you have only one Master and you are all brothers.

9 And do not call anyone on earth `father,' for you have one Father, and he is in heaven.

10 Nor are you to be called `teacher,' for you have one Teacher, the Christ.

11 The greatest among you will be your servant. 12 For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.

I love what you said about resting safely in our Lord Jesus Christ. I know that is where I want to be.
Permalink 02/03/07 @ 10:13
Comment from: C Grace [Visitor] ·
"I don't think there is any born again believer in Christ that has not suffered disillusionment in church. As new believers, we put our trust in those more mature believers to guide us and direct us in our faith and as in any time that we put faith and trust in other human beings, we are let down."

Beautiful description of the growing up process that we all need to go through. God always calls us to let go of our hope in man, our trust in man in order that we can take hold of hope and trust in Him alone. It can be a painful process when we experience the disappointment of realizing that those we have looked up to have let us down. It is precious to see how God is helping you to trust Him more.

"I too suffer disillusionment and long for purer, truer fellowship and am often disgruntled to the point of just quitting."

Maybe what you are really longing for is heaven. The longing is painful. It is the love of God calling us Home, whispering to us that something better awaits us. You will never find the fellowship you are longing for in the church. The church will always disappoint you because no group of people can ever satisfy the hole in our heart that was made to be satsified by God alone. The only thing that can ever satisfy this longing is Home.

I love this quote: "We are His church the bride that will be presented without blemish or spot. Though man's imitation will fail and crumble to the dust as all things of man, we will be made eternal and made to dwell where there will no longer be any wolves. Ours is the victory in Christ!"
Permalink 02/05/07 @ 13:53
Comment from: Pam [Member]
Hi C. Grace,

Not trusting in others is probably a sin I will be battling until the day that God calls me home.:0) I think even more disappointing than church relationships can be those blood bonds that we expect so much from but never reflect the perfection we expect from them. Dysfunctional is truly the reality of human relationships. Yet, we have such a huge desire to see God that we continue to look for Him in others and I do see reflections of Jesus in others but we are only made in His image and we will never in this life reflect the fullness of Him. What is true of myself is also true of others. Now if I can just learn to give others as big of a break as I give myself. We all desire mercy it will truly be the fullness of the Kingdom when we give in fullness that which we desire for ourselves.

Another thought, in this life we are yet so carnal that if the church did not disappoint us, we would leave off worshiping God and instead, worship one another. The church in the Bible was as imperfect as its modern day counterpart and will remain so until Christ presents her to the Father. That truly is the wisdom of God that confounds the wisdom of man.

I always enjoy reading what you have to say, C. Grace.:0)

Permalink 02/05/07 @ 19:51
Comment from: Pam [Member]
Hi Sherry,

I don't know how I missed your comment, I promise I wasn't ignoring you! Yes, we are the church and I think that the modern traditional version has put too much responsibility in the hands of too few and also elevated them to a position that does no one any good. We expect too much of them and they often can become addicted to always being in the spot light. However, the church has never been perfect and never will be until Jesus is completed in each of us.

Thanks for posting all of those scriptures because they really do shed Biblical light upon the article that I wrote. I'm also pleased to see that God is revealing His plan to you by them.:0)


p.s. Encouragement is always great too, thanks!
Permalink 02/05/07 @ 21:29
Comment from: C Grace [Visitor] ·
"Dysfunctional is truly the reality of human relationships."

Too true but do not give up hope in the power of God for salvation. It is not just about enabling us to go to heaven after we die. It is God's power to clean us up and move us from being enslaved to fear, wrong desires, wrong ways of thinking and all the other things that are due to our fallen nature, into the freedom of truly being able to will His will and be obedient without hestitation. (Not that I am all the way there yet, but I have seen such an improvement I no longer doubt that it is possible)

I come from a dysfunctional family backround myself and have experienced God's healing power setting me free from being an extrememly shy and wounded person, afraid of what others thought of me and afraid to open up to others, even though I longed for deeper relationships. But God has led me into a freedom that it would be hard to describe. The power that raised Jesus from the dead is the same power that is working in us. It is just that we can't see it.

All the resistance to God in our life is like a big dam. God makes a small hole in the dam and we start seeing some improvements in our lives. What we don't realize though is that the dam is gradually weakening under the pressure of God's love for us and our desire for Him. Eventually that dam collapses under the power of Love and sets us free.
Permalink 02/07/07 @ 08:28
Comment from: Pam [Member]
C. Grace,

You have been a part in inspiring another blog.:0) See my reply there.

Permalink 02/07/07 @ 11:41
Comment from: Vint Hargrave [Visitor]
Dear Pam,

Thank you for sharing your heart here...I had been away from the church body for quite sometime...I was truly missing others with Christ alive in them...upon the lord leading me back to fellowship I to only remembered the hugs and singing with my church family..even the leaders who i thought failed me i only remember now the hugs and how god loves them the same way he loves me...i missed the hot tears of fellowship...i hope you are feeling better and pray for jesus to comfort you today..your brother Vint
Permalink 02/08/07 @ 14:41
Comment from: Pam [Member]

Thank you for the sweet words and sentiment.:0) Actually, I feel pretty well but I have a blood disorder that makes it necessary to stay in an environment over 70 degrees and it is amazing how that limit's me socially. However, it is warm today and a friend got me out for a bit. Spring is coming and I'll be able to attend church until they turn the air-conditioners on. Fellowship can happen anywhere, even here on GraceHead and I thank you for sharing Christ in you with me today.:0)

Permalink 02/08/07 @ 16:12
Comment from: Pam [Member]

All families are dysfunctional to some extent. None of us are perfect and in a family, it is natural for us to fill in the gaps for one another. Dysfunctional is different from abusive. Even coming from an abusive home is no match for Jesus, however. I was a tad more damaged than shy but through Jesus, I received a Heavenly Father Who is perfect. He always gives me sound guidance, is always supportive, and faithful to discipline me when needed. He made a lady out of me and someone quite different than I was when He first revealed Himself to me.

I still sometimes, yearn for an earthly mom or dad that care for me and are supportive and that is always a disappointment. In saner more realistic moments, I realize that God gave me to the people He knew would best form what He desired in me. My parents, no matter how they seem to have hurt me and let me down, are a part of God's work in me. He is Sovereign in all things, good and bad, and works all of them to our good. If I keep my focus on the horizontal plane, I'm always let down and discouraged. It is the vertical view that brings it all back into proper focus for me. I have to keep looking up!

Permalink 02/10/07 @ 19:27

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