Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing
I had a dream where I was standing on a platform overlooking a crowd of people. The platform in the dream was not for the purpose of exultation but rather observation as it enabled me to see above and into the crowd. What I saw was a group of pastors and/or church leaders wearing sheep skins but they were not covered completely as I could make out who they were in the dream. I believe this to be the case because I was being shown by the Holy Spirit who these people were and not who they purported to be. What is sad is that each of these sheep skins came from a living sheep who had to be slaughtered in order for the sheepskin to be worn by the pastor/leader disguising himself/herself as one of the sheep. I remember seeing some skins with blood still dripping from them. This could have been a pastor/leader who had just recently decided to turn to evil.
Jesus told us in Scripture to be wary of those who come in sheep’s clothing but inwardly were ravenous wolves.
Mat 7:15 — Mat 7:16
You Will Know Them by Their Fruits
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?
The Apostle Paul gave a similar warning to the Ephesian elders when departing for Jerusalem.
Act 20:29 — Act 20:30
For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves.
Note that one of the characteristics that Paul points out is that these wolves speak perverse things in order to draw disciples after themselves.
Paul also said the following:
1 Corinthians 11:1
11 Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.
The goal here is for the leader to model Christ and to draw one’s attention away from himself/herself and towards Christ.
This should be the litmus test as to whether or not a leader is godly or a wolf. Is he/she pointing you to Christ or to themselves?