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