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Poor Charismatic Teaching Part One -- Misunderstanding Wolves

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He gets so close here it is frustrating to read. This is what NAR, purpose driven theology does to good pastors. It makes them focus on themselves instead of Christ. It is the sheep the wolves want, not the senior leader. Often times, they will find senior leadership quite amenable to false teaching as well. What better way to spread the false gospel then to empower other pastors to be wolves as well. People tell me all the time how one person infiltrated their church, got the ear of the senior pastor and next they knew their bible based church was following the purpose driven model and promoting NAR theology. I hear these stories every single day.

"11. Wolves are not sons but bloodsuckers of the house. Years ago, after a very difficult time in our church, the Lord spoke through a member of our church who said God was going to give me "sons and daughters who would never betray me." Since that time, I have built the leadership of our church with sons and daughters of the house, not with those merely desiring a position for their gifting to be displayed. This strategy has served our church well the past 20 years. I encourage all pastors to build key leadership with these criteria. Wolves are those who are not grateful for what the senior leader does or what the organization has to offer. Instead, they are always complaining about their needs not being met. No matter how many times you aid a wolf, they will always crave more fresh meat to eat and blood to drink." -- Joseph Mattera

The final offering here is just more of the same. Some reading this may feel this is an argument of semantics but that grossly misses the heart of the problem. The term wolves and sheep are biblical terms. Christians will know these terms. They are crucial to understand to protect oneself from being led astray and slaughtered. Paul speaks about people who "shipwrecked" their faith by following false teaching. This is a serious matter and if we are going to teach we must do so correctly. I hope Joseph Mattera did not mean to be this far off but my concern is for the sheep that will read this and erroneously think that wolves are coming after the pastor. They are not. They are coming after the sheep. Wolves are not to be helped, coddled, prayed for, asked to repent or entertained in any way, form or fashion. They are to be beaten with the shepherd's rod until they leave the sheep alone.

Reverend Anthony Wade -- August 14, 2018


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