The Good Shepherd, The Wolf, Or The Leopard

The Bible describes three types of Spiritual Leaders. John 10 contrasts the good shepherds, those who sacrifice their lives for their sheep, with hired hands. Unfortunately these good shepherds are very hard to find today. Virtually all of today’s Christian leaders must be associated with the hired hands. This is explained in Are You In Christ’s Sheepfold?

Isaiah 11 [below] mentions two types of church leader; wolves and the leopards. The passage also very clearly associates the wolves with the lambs, immature seekers, folks who truly believe; and the wolves lead  goats[the double minded – false believers], these folks who take advantage of the weak and poor end up in the lake of fire.  Their flesh will there be destroyed in the day of the Lord’s wrath.

I think that both the wolves and the leopards twist the word to their advantage, scoffing and preaching peace when there is no peace.  They both disrespect Paul tent maker example, and his appeal to follow it.

NLT 2 Thessalonians 3:6-9  An Exhortation to Proper Living
6 And now, dear brothers and sisters, we give you this command in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ: Stay away from all believers who live idle lives and don’t follow the tradition they received from us. 7 For you know that you ought to imitate us. We were not idle when we were with you. 8 We never accepted food from anyone without paying for it. We worked hard day and night so we would not be a burden to any of you. 9 We certainly had the right to ask you to feed us, but we wanted to give you an example to follow.

Neither the wolves of the leopards have a clue about the righteousness that God requires, but the wolves  have some  fear of the Lord. Still they continue in their self ambition, exalting themselves, seeking the approval of men while ignoring Paul’s examples and doing evil.

I suspect that there are many more leopards than wolves, but I don’t think there can be any good shepherds at Today’s Weak Churches.

Good shepherds understand about servant leadership, the leaders washing the feet of the flock. Jesus Foot Washing Example and true Servant Leadership.

Good Shepherds understand about the Gathering commands Gatherings About God Or Gatherings With God  They appreciate that      THE MAIN Believer Gathering Must be a Believer Gathering

Good Shepherds understand that Christ requires volunteer ministers. Paul exampled the tent maker preacher. He tells us that he would rather die than accept pay for preaching, that he did this to give us an example to follow!  The Church Leader’s Dilemma: Follow Paul Or Accept Pay

It is really important for us to know what kind of leader we follow.Lets take a look at the Is 11 passage.  This passage is not describing some future time.  This is happening now:

A Branch from David’s Line NLT Isaiah 11:1-16

1 Out of the stump of David’s family will grow a shoot— yes, a new Branch bearing fruit from the old root[talking about Jesus]. 2 And the Spirit of the LORD will rest on him— the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. 3 He will delight in obeying the LORD. He will not judge by appearance nor make a decision based on hearsay. 4 He will give justice to the poor and make fair decisions for the exploited. The earth will shake at the force of his word, and one breath from his mouth will destroy the wicked. 5 He will wear righteousness like a belt and truth like an undergarment. 6 In that day the wolf[harlot preacher] and the lamb[Immature true seeker] will live together; the leopard[antichrist preacher] will lie down with the baby goat[false follower-evildoer]. The calf and the yearling will be safe with the lion[self-ambitous ones], and a little child will lead them all[the humble seeker, those coming to Jesus as a little child].

The lambs, the immature sheep are teamed up with the wolves, these hired hands. The mature sheep are not mentioned.  I think that the mature, those knowing the difference between what is good and evil,  between what is right and wrong will be able to separate themselves from these fallen teachers[coming out of Babylon]. They are shown the abomination standing in the holy place, and they flee from him. This separation is called out in God’s word.  Our Assignment – To Ignore Todays Blind Leaders

Summary

The John 10 passage tells us that the sheep know the voice of the Good Shepherds. If we are following one of the wolves, it means we are an immature sheep, that we don’t know the difference between right and wrong. If we are following one of the leopards, we are an immature goat, an evildoer that will be discarded at the time of judgment!  If you are in this group there is no time to waste!

Dear God,

Please help us to really seek you. Please give all seekers the gift of discernment, so that they can recognize these wolves and leopards for who they are. Please give them the humility, desire and strength to turn from these self ambitious paid teachers to find other seekers, to themselves  become your royal priesthood, your  good shepherds. In Jesus mighty name we pray, Amen.

Glenn

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The Good Shepherd, The Wolf, Or The Leopard

The Good Shepherd, The Wolf, Or The Leopard

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PS. Here is the full passage NLT Isaiah 11:1-16

A Branch from David’s Line

1 Out of the stump of David’s family will grow a shoot— yes, a new Branch bearing fruit from the old root[talking about Jesus]. 2 And the Spirit of the LORD will rest on him— the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. 3 He will delight in obeying the LORD. He will not judge by appearance nor make a decision based on hearsay. 4 He will give justice to the poor and make fair decisions for the exploited. The earth will shake at the force of his word, and one breath from his mouth will destroy the wicked[I believe this is happening now]. 5 He will wear righteousness like a belt and truth like an undergarment. 6 In that day the wolf[harlot preacher] and the lamb[Immature true seeker] will live together; the leopard[antichrist preacher] will lie down with the baby goat[false follower-evildoer]. The calf and the yearling will be safe with the lion[self-ambitous ones], and a little child will lead them all[the humble seeker, all coming to Jesus as a little child]. 7 The cow will graze near the bear. The cub and the calf will lie down together. The lion will eat hay like a cow. 8 The baby will play safely near the hole of a cobra. Yes, a little child will put its hand in a nest of deadly snakes without harm. 9 Nothing will hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain, for as the waters fill the sea, so the earth will be filled with people who know the LORD. 10 In that day the heir to David’s throne will be a banner of salvation to all the world. The nations will rally to him, and the land where he lives will be a glorious place.11 In that day the Lord will reach out his hand a second time to bring back the remnant of his people— those who remain in Assyria and northern Egypt; in southern Egypt, Ethiopia, and Elam; in Babylonia, Hamath, and all the distant coastlands[the lands of the remnant will be glorious- not so for those who remain in “Babylon”]. 12 He will raise a flag among the nations and assemble the exiles of Israel. He will gather the scattered people of Judah from the ends of the earth. 13 Then at last the jealousy between Israel[contenders with God – real seeker followers] and Judah[the church] will end. They will not be rivals anymore. 14 They will join forces to swoop down on Philistia to the west. Together they will attack and plunder the nations to the east. They will occupy the lands of Edom and Moab, and Ammon will obey them. 15 The LORD will make a dry path through the gulf of the Red Sea. He will wave his hand over the Euphrates River, sending a mighty wind to divide it into seven streams so it can easily be crossed on foot. 16 He will make a highway for the remnant of his people, the remnant coming from Assyria, just as he did for Israel long ago when they returned from Egypt. [The folks in the remnant will hear his voice and be spiritually nourished]

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