‘Control or domination are the fruit of a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Jesus leads His sheep, He does not drive them. He does not order people about, He invites them to follow. He guides and instructs. And always leaves you with a choice because He has self-control. He works with you as a partner and a friend. The leader who leaves no room for partnership, but requires obedience without mutual understanding practises control. If in isolating someone others connected with this person are told accusations or directions to not associate with the individual then, control is occurring. It must not be forgotten that Jesus was known as a friend of sinners and publicans.

The Son of Man . . . a friend of tax collectors and sinners . . .

Matthew 11:19

Such that even if a church were to properly put someone out of their fellowship they are to play their part in remaining friends.

. . . if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector.

Matthew 18:17

Not forgetting that if in the past some genuine sin had been done, when the person has truly repented then they are to be reaffirmed.

This punishment which was inflicted by the majority is sufficient for such a man, so that, on the contrary, you ought rather to forgive and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one be swallowed up with too much sorrow. Therefore I urge you to reaffirm your love to him.

2 Corinthians 2:6-8 (cf. 1 Cor. 5:1-5)

Control and exclusivity, let alone isolation prevent such a merciful act. Due to the room the enemy has in the sheep’s clothing through which he manifests his fruits.’

Taken from the article “Wolf in sheep’s clothing?” By Jacques More
© copyright Jacques More 2001. All Rights Reserved. Used by permission.


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