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Rev. Andrew Eckert
Eighth Sunday after Trinity
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
Sun, Jul 29, 2012
My beloved flock, heed my stern warning to you: Beware and avoid false teachers that come in sheep’s clothing.
Now you may ask, How can a wolf in sheep’s clothing fool anybody? It seems like a very clumsy disguise. Who would ever mistake a wolf wrapped in sheepskin for a real sheep?
The answer is, sheep would make that mistake. Sheep are not the mensa candidates of the animal kingdom. But I am not really talking about dumb beasts – I am talking about us. We are spiritually dumb beasts. We have extremely poor discernment in spiritual matters, because our feelings so easily lead us astray.
We feel like a preacher is good if he feels soft and warm – but that could be the sheep’s clothing on a wolf. Wool can feel nice and comfortable. A preacher can feel pleasant to us. But that does not make him a true preacher.
Therefore, do not trust the warmth and softness of your preacher (even if he happens to be a true preacher). That is nothing in which to put your trust. A true preacher will not always feel soft. A wool-wrapped wolf may feel so soft and warm that he could devour you long before you know anything is wrong.