A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing Bible
What Does It Mean?
The phrase “a wolf in sheep’s clothing” originates from an Aesop Fable, meaning someone or something appears to be harmless, but is really a danger. When applied to the Bible, it can refer to a person or church expressing beliefs or taking actions in the name of God, but whose teachings or actions actually contradict or even oppose the scripture.
Signs of a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing
Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference between teachings of a true Christian and those of a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Here are some signs to look out for when checking if someone or something is authentic.
- Condemning others – Someone claiming to be Christian should never single out individuals or groups as being evil.
- Contradicting The Bible – A true Christian should always keep in line with the word of God.
- Materiaism – A trust in material goods rather than trusting in God and spiritual values.
- False Promises – The Bible makes it clear that we can never promise someone something that goes against its teachings.
- Exclusivity – Claiming to be the only true path to God, or that non-believers are lesser-than, is not supported in the Bible.
What Can You Do?
If you believe someone to be a “wolf in sheep’s clothing” Bible-wise, there are several things you can do:
- Pray – Bring the person or situation to God in prayer.
- Study – Invest time into studying the Bible, so that you know for sure what it says about the situation.
- Discuss – Hold a respectful dialogue with the person in question, or those in authority.
- Act – If necessary and if appropriate, take action in line with God’s will, according to the Bible.
We hope this article has been an encouragement to you, and that you can use it to spot a wolf in sheep’s clothing quickly and take action if necessary.