Wolves In Sheep’s Clothing -- By: Monroe Parker
CenQ 1:2 (Summer 1958) p. 13
Wolves In Sheep’s Clothing
Ph.D., D.D. President, Pillsbury Conservative Baptist Bible College
“Beware of false prophets which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit: but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them” (Matt. 7:15–20).
It was said of the Lord Jesus Christ that “he spake as never man spake.” He used always simple though pungent and colorful illustrations. Here he was talking about false prophets; and in this short statement He issued a warning to be on the lookout for them, disclosed their hypocritical methods, set forth the way to judge them, and revealed their true nature. He says that they “come to you in sheep’s clothing,” but that “inwardly they are ravening wolves.”
Such were the prophets of modernism in the latter part of the nineteenth century and in the first three decades of the twentieth century. They came in sheep’s clothing of Christian profession denying the supernatural Revelation upon which Christian faith is based. They came with their social gospel rooted in the hypothesis of evolution, attempting through “Christian education” to build a pacifistic Utopia where man was divine and where God was devoid of moral judgment and, therefore, unrighteous. They came professing to be humble seekers of scientific truth about God but rejecting with vaunted pride every scientific fact that verified or harmonized with the Revelation of God. They came like Judas Iscariot planting kisses on Jesus’ brow but all the while making merchandise of Him. They called Him Master but spoke of His virgin birth as “piffle” and His atonement as “slaughter house religion.”
These modernists crept in unawares and took over great institutions and churches and councils of churches and led the masses up blind alleys of apostasy into pits of moral decadence, juvenile delinquency, divorce, crime and war. That was the result of modernism, the humanitarian religion.
But the old modernism is dead. The sheep’s clothing wore threadbare and the wolf was disclosed. When the great depression came and war clouds gathered and modernism passed into its “crisis,” it could not stand. God made “foolish the wisdom of this world,” and even the chiefest exponents of modernism had to admit its failure.
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