FALSE PROPHETS AND WOLVES IN SHEEP CLOTHES
“Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep clothing”
One of the things that I have learned from studying the Bible; is that God has not failed to provide all the information that we need to not only live a life of godliness that pleases Him, but also to know how the enemy operates to deceive believers so that we can avoid his tricks and traps. Matthew 7:15-16A is one such passage of scripture that give us warning of the enemy’s cunning tactics.
“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…”
This passage tells us that the enemy uses stealth tactics that can be quite disarming if we are not careful to pay close attention to his message rather than allowing his delivery to determine his harmlessness. We can easily be tricked into letting our guards down by soft-sweet talking false prophets who seek to twist the truth of God’s word.
The biblical “wolf” has been often misunderstood as being only a violent, loud mouth who shouts out false teaching or who verbally abuses others. But the biblical wolf is a reference also to the deceptive massage he delivers and not just the manner in which they deliver it, and even more so, his (or her), ability to do so in a manner that causes the victim to let down their guards to be consumed.
Matthew Vines-The slick talking snake in the grass- homosexual who is clearly on a mission to seduce the unsuspecting, bleeding heart Christian into believing that “Gay is Okay” appears to be one such wolf in sheep’s clothing.
He claims to be a Christian – homosexual and his message is that being homosexual is okay with God. His teaching messages have gone viral for good reason; they are presented in the sheep form that Jesus warned us about.
He is popular not because his teaching is sound but because he is a sweet talker. Yet his game is exposed whenever he is brought face to face with or is forced to confront knowledgeable conservative Christian leader.
Two such Christian leaders have been trying to get Mr. Vines to publicly defend his teaching; they are Dr. James White and Dr. Michael Brown. And as brown points out, getting Mr. Vines to the dialogue table is quite a difficult task.
In a recent article titled “Why won't the gay theologians debate?”, Dr. Brown sets up his question by first pointing out how he and Dr. White openly take on all challengers of their faith by participating in open public debates or dialogues and explains that they do so because they have nothing to fear if they are honestly seeking to uphold the truth. I concur, if indeed a Christian is being honest and has done his homework, he has nothing to fear from an open dialogue with others who hold an opposing viewpoint. In fact, having such a dialogue is the best way to test ones position. But homosexual’s who claim to be Christians, and most other homosexuals and pro-homosexual advocates are strangely reluctant to defend their views in public dialogue with the tried and proven conservative Christian thinkers such as Dr. White and Dr. Brown. Prompting the question, why?
Says Dr. Brown:
“Then why are "gay Christian" activists and theologians so unwilling to debate the issues publicly? Why do they consistently refuse public dialogue, especially when those who want to dialogue with them are committed to doing so with civility and grace?”
“Bear in mind that they are writing books, preaching messages, using social media, and holding conferences, all with the goal of actively challenging the views of conservative followers of Jesus, seeking to overturn the Word and 2,000 years of consistent Church tradition. Yet at the same time, when openly invited to debate their controversial new viewpoints, they grow silent. Why?”
Notice that in addition to asking this important question, Dr. Brown also makes another important observation, that being that these same people who claim to hold a more “enlightened” perspective than we conservative Christians do on the subject of homosexuality, while refusing to defend their positions in public dialogue with knowledgeable Christian conservatives, they are using every other means of mass communication to propagate their false doctrine to the masses. In doing so, they are indeed influencing the unsuspecting - uninformed, the carnal and the already rebellious with their false teaching, and it is for this reason that they must be publicly challenged.
Dr. Brown explains that Matthew Vines and his hero, New Testament scholar James Brownson, a heterosexual, (as far as we know), have both been invited to have formal moderated debates, but they have both declined or failed to reply.
Dr. White, says Brown, even offered to pay his own way to one of their homosexual events to debate Matthew but his offer was still refused.
No surprise there, it is clearly not in the best interest of homosexuals or their supporters, to get involved with intelligent dialogue with top of the line conservative Christians, to do so would to quickly and clearly expose the weakness of their arguments and damage or even break the stranglehold that they seem to have on uninformed and unsuspecting Christians and liberals.
But Dr. Brown and Dr. White’s relentless pursuit to expose the truth in their brilliant talks and their use of social media, has apparently been sufficient enough to embarrass Matthew Vines to the point that he had to explain why he refused to engage in public dialogue with them. Dr. Brown reports:
“Finally, after months of non-communication, Matthew recently interacted with Dr. White, explaining why he refused to debate him and why he had no intention of engaging me. He wrote:
"I am happy to do dialogues, debates, etc., with anyone when I feel that the event is likely to be constructive, respectful, and relationship-building. I did a 'debate' with Michael Brown this summer that was largely a waste of time, because Brown is not interested in listening to and learning from LGBT people, only pontificating about them."
Dr. Brown fills in what Matthew failed to mention:
“Back in June, I was able to do a 45-minute radio debate with Matthew on national Christian radio (with webcast as well), but that was only because Matthew didn't realize he would be debating me when he accepted the invitation. (You can watch the debate here, in which not one single verse supporting homosexual practice was offered by Matthew”
Dr. Brown also correctly interpreted Matthew’s comment to be a mandate and requirement to agree with him, and he correctly perceived such a requirement as foolish, which of course, it is. But this to me is a clear evidence of the manipulative nature of homosexual activist and why confronting them about their doctrine is so important.
I have seen many of Dr. James White’s debates with others; in fact, I have many of them in my library. I have met with Dr. White and interviewed him. And like Dr. Brown, I think it is clear from the debates Dr. White has on record that he has shown a willingness to understand and relate to his opponents with respect and compassion. This is confirmed by his debates with Muslims. Like Dr. Brown said:
“You don't get into a mosque to debate without being respectful and gracious, yet that's not good enough for Matthew or, apparently, Prof. Brownson as well.”
It is apparent that homosexuals and their supporters are not interested in being understood or building relationships with those who understand their agenda and recognize their bad theology and social policies. Dr. Brown says that he has tried on many occasions to do so with no success.
“‘Ironically, on numerous occasions, I have told local "gay Christians" that I'd love to sit down with them and hear their stories, also telling them I'd be glad to have a meal together just to get to know them better. In the vast majority of cases (including all instances where I've offered to do this with a group of people), my invitation has been declined or ignored, yet I'm the one unwilling to build relationships.”
Dr. Brown concludes his article with the following questions:
"Why not put the issues on the table in full-length, moderated, civil debate?
Why not model in public how to have serious differences without personal acrimony?
What do these activists and theologians have to hide?
This is not a macho challenge to engage in verbal fisticuffs. It is an open invitation to examine critically important issues in a way that the entire Body can observe. Why not do it?"
Since Dr. Brown does not answer the question in the article I will.
The reason most of them wont is because they all know that the truth is not on their side. And if they want to maintain the control they have over the press, the media and school systems, and continue to deceive the public and even many Christians with their rhetoric, they cannot allow themselves to be cornered in public dialogue with top line conservative Christian thinkers who would categorically dismantle their arguments and expose their true agendas. Thus, any excuse to avoid such a confrontation will do.
So in spite of Dr. White’s wonderful record of courteous dialogue, Matthew, (as quoted by Dr. Brown), finds reasons to avoid him.
"I see James White in the same vein as Michael Brown. He has shown no desire whatever to learn from or listen to LGBT people. He simply wants to preach condemnation to people he hasn't even bothered to get to know. There are far, far better interlocutors, and far more respectful conversations I am happy to have. That isn't one of them."”
The truth is that Mr. Vines is crafty, and knows full well that he is not representing biblical truth and thus he must avoid the likes of Dr. White who would, like Dr. Brown, expose the wolf in him. His own words betray him, he said he wants to talk to someone who has a desire to “learn” from the LGBT and who will give him “respectful” conversation. Translation-no critical examination and refutation.
By just reading the dialogue between Dr. White and Vines and listening to the dialogue between Dr. Brown and Mr. Vines, you will see why Mr. Vines and others like him - really avoid conservative Christian scholars who know their Bibles.
Well Mr. Vines, it’s a pleasure to see someone standing up to you and exposing your deception. May God grant you repentance that you may come to know him in a truly sound relationship that will bring salvation and deliverance from homosexual desires.