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The Poppins Principle:

“Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.” ~ Matthew 7:15

You know, we often time imagine that a wolf in sheep’s clothing is going to be apparent. We picture something like this :

When in reality, Peter gives a different description of these false teachers:

“But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves. Many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned; and in their greed they will exploit you with false words; their judgment from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.” 2 Peter 2:1-3

What Peter says is that a wolf in sheep’s clothing looks more like this:

Sometimes I wonder if the wolf even realizes he’s a wolf. It’s possible the deceiver is deceived himself. We tend to imagine that a false teacher wakes up in the morning, slicks his horns back, and grins at himself in his mirror with delight, thinking of all the people he’s going to mislead that day. Although there are men like this, it is not the breed I’m speaking of.

It’s the subtle ones – the ones that sincerely proclaim that we’ve misunderstood Christianity, or some major doctrine of Christianity, for the majority of the past 1500+ years. Those who say we’ve been close to the truth of the gospel but just slightly off, and until their recent discoveries of what Paul, Peter, James, etc REALLY said, that we were missing the bulk of what God intended for us to comprehend.  It’s not that these false teachers have nothing good to say at all; but the error mixed in with their good teaching is what makes them all the more deadly. Mary Poppins wisely said “a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down”. Not that false doctrine is medicinal, but rather as sugar masks the bitter flavor of the medicine, so the falsity of their teaching is covered by the bits of sweet truth they speak alongside it.

We must be discerning, as every wolf doesn’t walk around with a sheep cloak, leaving his legs and teeth exposed like some sort of pathetic poser. Those are easy to spot. It’s the one’s that look like sheep, smell like sheep, even talk like sheep for the most part, that I am reminding you (as well as myself) about.

May God bless, and keep us from error.


4 responses

  1. brandonchristiansullivan

    Is the second picture actually a sheep?
    Good post.

    March 4, 2010 at 1:29 pm

  2. danielpulliam

    It’s the only pic of a sheep that I had at the moment of posting. =) It’s an ugly one, but makes the point none the less. LOL!


    March 4, 2010 at 1:54 pm

  3. Crystal Beeler

    Definitely point taken. That’s one ugly sheep. haha 😉 Has something come up recently to bring this to the forefront of your mind? My Aunt and I were discussing this very thing this evening. Mainly,like you said because false prophets don’t always realize they are false prophets,.. Like Muslims believe with every bit of their being, that they speak, teach, and live the truth. Anyway..Good Post. 🙂

    March 4, 2010 at 9:34 pm

  4. Jenny

    I think that all of us walk with a veil , so nobody will feel 100% sure of anything . Thats the only way we talk to God and be humble. Like Enoch who walks with God 365 years and God took him. Whoever feels like teaching, guiding , etc would answer to God for the effect of their actions. God be merciful with us!

    August 30, 2015 at 7:33 pm

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