Wolves in Shepherd’s Clothing: Closing

-...inwardly they are ravenous wolves.- (1)

Gentle Reader,

Though we have not examined every facet of the teaching of Shepherd’s Chapel, I have decided to bring this series to a close. It is easy to conclude even from our surface-level study that this group is not within the bounds of orthodox Christianity. Not by a long shot. They deny fundamental aspects of Christian faith. They twist Scripture. They ignore huge amounts of history.

Enough said.

Writing this series has reminded me, again, of the vital importance of knowing truth. When we do not spend time in Bible study, when we do not consistently ask the Spirit for wisdom, when we refuse to submit completely to God and instead pursue our own agendas, we wind up deceived. It’s a fast and slick slope. It’s hard to climb out of the mire at the bottom.

We must know Him. We must know His truth. I know I’ve quoted these words elsewhere, but I can think of no better finish. Let this be the testimony of our lives:

Oh, how I love Your law!
It is my meditation all the day.
You, through Your commandments, make me wiser than my enemies;
For they are ever with me.
I have more understanding than all my teachers,
For Your testimonies are my meditation.
I understand more than the ancients,
Because I keep Your precepts.
I have restrained my feet from every evil way,
That I may keep Your word.
I have not departed from Your judgments,
For You Yourself have taught me.
How sweet are Your words to my taste,
Sweeter than honey to my mouth!
Through Your precepts I get understanding;
Therefore I hate every false way. – Psalm 119:97-104 (NKJV)

My journey to faith. (15)

For all the posts in the Wolves in Shepherd’s Clothing series, go here.

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2 thoughts on “Wolves in Shepherd’s Clothing: Closing

  1. Although I’m as guilty as the next blogger of writing about what I’m against or what person or organization I believe is preaching a bad theology, ultimately it’s very draining to continually be hammering against someone or something else. Yes, evil must be confronted, but my one little blog isn’t likely to make all that much impact.

    It’s more enlightening and even restful for me to meditate upon what is good and right and Holy about my walk of faith. But I have lots of questions I puzzle over and writing is a way of processing those questions, and then giving me a forum for attempting to grasp the answers or at least a few higher truths.

    It’s interesting you should quote that portion of Psalm 119, an oft quoted section, since it is the psalmist expressing his passionate love of studying and mediating on the Torah of Moses, a part of the Bible many Christians find dry, dull, and “legalistic.” And yet, what corner of the Bible is bereft of God’s wisdom and grace? I do meditate on His Torah every day, usually on my lunch hour. Gets me through the work day.

    May contemplating the kindness and compassion of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob bring rest to your soul.

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    1. “What corner of the Bible is bereft of God’s wisdom and grace?”

      I love that. So true.

      It is tiring to write about stuff like this. Evil should be confronted, and I do think our little blogs can make a difference, but sometimes it gets to be too much.

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