There Are Certain Men Crept In Unawares
Outline By: Brian A. Yeager
A. We are accountable for not being deceived by others (Matthew 24:4 and Ephesians 5:6-11).
1. This includes not hearing what will cause us to err (Proverbs 19:27).
2. It also means we cannot readily believe all we’re told (Proverbs 14:15).
B. Our undeniable vulnerability is kindness (Colossians 3:12-14).
1. Listen - God is kind (Titus 3:4).
2. He still instructs us not to be trusting (I John 4:1) and He Himself doesn’t take a person’s “word” for anything (Isaiah 29:13 and Titus 1:16).
3. Furthermore, the word “kindness” in Colossians 3:12 means, “usefulness, i. e. morally, excellence; goodness” (cf. Romans 2:4). It is GOOD and MORAL to test ALL THINGS (I Thessalonians 5:21).
II. Body: They Are Wolves In Sheep’s Clothing (Matthew 7:15-20).
A. Understanding we’re talking about covert operators (Galatians 2:1-5).
1. These types are PURPOSEFULLY deceptive (Ephesians 4:14).
2. They have a form of godliness (II Timothy 3:1-7).
3. They creep in unawares (Jude 1:3-4).
4. These are not good, confused people (Acts 18:24-28), but rather evil individuals (Luke 6:43-46).
5. In case you have not heard it loud enough, understand that these fake Christians REALLY look the part (II Corinthians 11:12-15).
B. Many shall follow them (II Peter 2:1-3).
1. They can dwell within and take from the flock (Acts 20:28-31).
2. This is why we MUST mark them (Romans 16:17-18).
3. The whole congregation errs if we allow false brethren among us (II John 1:9-11 and Revelation 2:14-16; cf. Joshua 7:1-26).
C. Not just in the assembly either (II Timothy 3:1-7).
1. Whole houses can be taken (Titus 1:10-14).
2. They get in by looking the part (Matthew 23:14).
D. We’re not talking about those who CLEARLY are false (I John 2:19).
1. Yes, the obvious are still false teachers (Micah 3:5).
2. These types cannot really hide who they are (II Timothy 3:8-9).
a. Denominations are clearly false, not hidden. Even if we only consider their names that says enough (Matthew 16:18, Romans 16:16, I Corinthians 1:10-17, Ephesians 4:4, etc.; cf. Acts 4:10-12).
b. Those among “churches of Christ” that practice human traditions (Mark 7:1-9), refuse to practice Scriptural discipline (II Thessalonians 3:6), social gospel (Romans 14:17), institutionalism [with or without usage of the treasury] (I Timothy 3:15), many “ministries” (Matthew 7:21-23), additions to the Scriptures (Revelation 22:18-19), perversions of the Lord’s Supper (I Corinthians 11:18-34), etc. are wolves, but not in sheep’s clothing for they clearly do those things not recorded in the Scriptures (Galatians 1:6-9).
E. Consider some additional thoughts:
1. Subtlety is not a tool of the faithful, but be sure those who have hidden agendas use such (II Corinthians 11:3).
2. Understand that false brethren know how to tell you what you want to hear (II Peter 2:18).
3. They can come from reputable groups of brethren (Acts 15:24).
4. Some will agree with the whole truth in word, but compromise through twisting the truth on fellowship…
a. They will say we can think and believe differently, which is wrong (I Corinthians 1:10).
b. They will twist Scriptures that allow us to practice liberties wherein others need not partake (i.e. Romans 14:1-15:7).
c. Be aware, of these because they can SAY the truth while compromising in practice. This is wrong (I Timothy 6:3-5).
III. Conclusion: Beware lest ye be led away (Hebrews 13:9).
© 2015 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain. Use this as a tool for your own studies if such is helpful! Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies. – Brian A. Yeager