Over the weekend, a well-known preacher was accused of being a wolf in sheep’s clothing. It was over a matter of theology and the afterlife.
Now. I don’t know how to write this without being judgmental or without making accusations.
For all I know, the news story could’ve gotten it wrong, and the preacher is doing right and really helping people.
Soliciting for donations in return to promise (or to pray for) God to cancel their debt… that sounds dangerous.
While I’m not calling Popoff a wolf in sheep’s clothing, I’m just saying that titles like that should be saved for people who really are doing damage in people’s lives.
No one knows what’s going to happen when we die. We all think we know. But, we really don’t know. Eugene Cho blogged:
But my point is that while theology is indeed very important, it’s not the most important thing. If theology was the most important thing, we’d be screwed as salvation would rest in humanity’s ability to understand with absolute clarity.
In fact, in Matthew Jesus says that the Harvesters will sort out the wheat and the weeds at the time of the harvest. Which really sucks because that means that we are not the ones to decide who goes to the barn and who goes to the fire.
But the story on the news last night about this ministry, and other countless stories of ministries taking advantage of the poor, weak and the oppressed… if anything, aren’t those who are taking advantage of the very people we are called to serve in the name of God, the wolves in sheep’s clothing?
And honestly, I don’t even like calling anyone or anything wolves in sheep’s clothing. Who knows? I may have done something that can qualify me as a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
In the paraphrased words of Jesus, Don’t worry about the speck in the eyes of others when you got a plank in yours.
Or in the words of a person on a very educational and classy show, Jersey Shore, “You do you, and I’ll do me.”