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Wolves in Sheeps' Clothing & Pharisees- Calling Them Out

Updated on December 4, 2011

Paul Orders a Man Turned Over to Satan

Paul told some followers to turn out a man "To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus" (1 Cor 5:5).

The Holy Spirit knows there are things wrong in the world. Our Father in Heaven left many warnings for us in scripture: false teachers will come in the last days. Today, a wide movement has moved through the church: Don’t touch God’s anointed. Love only, do not hate!

However, when I read scripture, I see a different story! Here are some New Testament figures calling out corrupt men by name. That these are New Testament is important because some are taught that, beyond the Law of Moses being fulfilled and void, the entire Old Testament does not matter! To avoid ruffling those mens’ feelings, below are listed some events in which the Body of Christ is warned about false teachers and unrepentant brethren.

Paul considered it wiser to let the man suffer (the least of which were the wordsof Paul).Notice that the man has clearly been called out to the church community.

God & Jesus Denounce Some Fakes

Jesus spoke to a "multitude" and told them that the "Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat: All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, [that] observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not. For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay [them] on men's shoulders; but they [themselves] will not move them with one of their fingers. But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi." (Mat 23:2-7)

God also, in Revelation:

(2:9) I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and [I know] the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but [are] the synagogue of Satan.

(2:14-16) But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication. So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate. Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.

Discussion of Scripture Above:

In the first scripture, our Heavenly Father calls some who claim to be of God “of the synagogue of Satan.” In the second, God calls others a stumbling block, and calls them out for eating food offered to idols (e.g. Hallal food offered to Allah!); for committing fornication (accepted in too many contemporary churches as well) ; for holding false doctrines- “which thing I hate,” He says. Notice there is another false teaching uncovered here: “You can eat whatever you want. Don’t call unclean what God said is clean.” Yet, here is God saying that things offered to idols should not be eaten.

Jesus said that He only does what he sees His Father in Heaven doing. “I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me” (John 5:30).

Many people say, “Do not judge!” Or, more commonly, in response to being corrected, they retort, “Don’t judge me. The Bible says don’t judge.” They are mistaken. Scripture says, “Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment” (John 7:24).

Basically, in my own modest understanding (I’m sure the whole truth of the matter is very complex), we are told- considering all of scripture – to not judge according to our own perception. Instead, we must respond according to the Holy Spirit. In the above scriptures, I have listed what Jesus, our Father in Heaven, and Paul do: they call whitewashed tombs whitewashed tombs. They call fake Christians serving their own egos just what they are. They warn the sheep to beware and to cast them out.


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    • Man from Modesto profile imageAUTHOR

      Man from Modesto 

      7 years ago from Kiev, Ukraine (formerly Modesto, California)


      Yes, I agree. Jesus said we cannot judge by appearances. We can only judge by the Holy Spirit. In effect, we can only share what the Holy Spirit of God within us tells us; It is God's judgment we must use.

      It is a frightening thing to think about being wrong. However, our Father also hates cowardice and double-mindedness. When He moves us to act, not only must we, but we should desire it.

      When some person (an eye or a hand, by analogy) brings wickedness to the Body (e.g., an assembly of Believers), it should be removed.

    • Pedro Morales profile image

      Pedro Morales 

      7 years ago

      I am glad that you noticed the noticed the popular misconception regarding the passing of judgment. Most people use the passage about not judging either to justify their own selves or just to evade hard situations. But as you imply here there are some things we cannot compromise with. Still we have to be extremelly careful with passing judgment. Paul also wrote that we must be careful that when we point out to someone their sins or weaknesses that we ourselves do not do the same thing. I think that some times we need to suspend judgment while we pray to get guidance. I know that I need to pray a lot for I do not think myself even to come close to the standard of faith of Paul, much less Jesus.


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