TEXT : “For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.” - Acts 20:29, 30.
COMMENT: St. Paul in his farewell exhortation to the elders of the Church at Ephesus who came to him at Miletus, a city in the West Coast of Asia Minor, charged them to guard the truth which they have been taught jealously, so as not to give room for false teachers who merely want to make merchandise of the people.
The fact is that once a disciple departs from the truth he is for that period no longer a part of the Church. We have to be wary of these false teachers, who come in a subtle manner and gradually bring in false teachings, thereby diluting the truth for their selfish ends. Our Lord Jesus Christ warned: “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” (Matthew 7:15) Thus, while quietly doing all that is required of us in the way of righteousness, (Matthew 3:15), Christians should be vigilant and alert to moves by satan’s agents to mislead the flock. It will be recalled that our Lord Jesus Christ commended the Church at Ephesus exposing those who falsely claimed to be apostles. (Revelation 2:2) The Bible says, “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.” - 1 Thessalonians 5:21.