Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing: 5 Tips to Identify One

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Have you ever heard the saying “a wolf in sheep’s clothing”?  I have heard it a couple of places. First, many years ago I heard one of Aesop’s Fables which talked about a wolf that put on a sheep skin so that he could fool the shepherd into believing he was a lamb.  Then when the shepherd locked the flock behind the gate at night the wolf  thought he was clear to eat all the sheep he wanted. To his surprise the shepherd returned to the flock that night to gather meat for the next day. The wolf in sheep’s clothing was killed as one of the sheep. You see the saying “wolf in sheep’s clothing” simply means someone who is pretending to be something they are not.

Years later I heard this concept in another place –The Bible.  Jesus warns against wolves in sheep’s clothing:

Wolves in Sheep's Clothing

“… Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing …” Matthew 7:15

… Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but in-wardly are ravenous wolves.  Mathew 7:15

Following are five tips on how you can identify a wolf in sheep’s clothing; a false prophet.

The Guessing Wolf: They Said it Would Happen – Did It? 

History is full of accounts of folks predicting the end of the world; some in the not so distant past.  Also, how about the prophets who promise people that they will be healed of a terminal disease and it never happens.  A true prophet will predict things and those things will come to pass. A wolf in sheep’s clothing will play the guessing game and when their prophecy turns out false, they will make excuses and sometimes even set a new date for that big prophetic event. The Bible is clear about what will happen to false prophets and the foolishness of predicting the future. Take a look:

Deuteronomy 18:20-22  But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in my name that I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die.’ And if you say in your heart, ‘How may we know the word that the LORD has not spoken?’— when a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word that the LORD has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously. You need not be afraid of him. 

Ecclesiastes 10:14 A fool multiplies words, though no man knows what is to be, and who can tell him what will be after him?

The Biblically Illiterate Wolf: Does What They Prophesy Agree With Scripture? 

Are you hearing things that you know do not agree with what you have learned from the Bible? If you are it may be because that wolf in sheep’s clothing does not know the Bible and he is counting on his audience not knowing the Bible also. This is why it is essential for the Christian to be daily in the Word because when you know the truth, a lie will be very clear to you.

Is he causing problems in the church and amongst the brethren? A prophet should be building up the church, not tearing it down and causing divisions. Perhaps he is a smooth talker and believes that his smooth talk will gain him followers and feed his own belly (pride). He is not looking to edify the body, he is selfish and cunning. Look at these teachings and warning from Paul to several of the churches in his day; they are relevant in today’s churches also.

Romans 16:17-18 (KJV) Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. 

1 Corinthians 14:3-4 On the other hand, the one who prophesies speaks to people for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation. The one who speaks in a tongue builds up himself, but the one who prophesies builds up the church. 

Ephesians 4:11-16  And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. 

The Worldly Wolf: Do They Have A Good Testimony for Jesus? 

The worldly wolf will not bear fruit. You may not even know he is a Christian by his deeds. You can see this wolf when he goes about his daily affairs and his actions are not such that lead others to Jesus.  In fact, his actions turn people away from the truth of the Gospel. He is not an ambassador for Christ. Here are some verses from the Bible to help you spot this wolf. If you don’t see this in his walk, beware.

Matthew 7:16-20 You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles?So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits. 

Romans 6:4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. 

Galatians 5:19-25 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. 

Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Hebrews 6:1 Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God

James 2:16 But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. 

1 John 2:6 whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.

The Lazy Wolf: Are Their Prophetic Teachings Generating Lots of Money?Wolf in sheep's clothing or black sheep?

Wolves will eat just about anything, even road-kill meat. It is a way to save energy during the cold winter months. It’s a way to get something for nothing – no work involved. They will look for deer that have been struck by motor vehicles and enjoy a free meal.  Same thing with the false prophet; their greed will cause them to collect money for speaking engagements where they speak the falsities and exploit unknowing prey. Greed drives their ministry rather than grace. We are warned that these wolves are not only outside of the church, but come from within as well.

Acts 20:28-30 Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood. I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them.

2 Thessalonians 3:10 For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.

2 Peter 2:1-3 But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction.  And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep. 

The Sneaky Wolf: They Hide Until the Time is Right

Wolves are sneaky. They watch the prey and plan the attack. The sneaky wolf, false prophet is in the church watching and waiting. He is the one who calls secret meetings. He gains the trust of folks and then rises up to attack, taking innocent victims with him.  The Bible is clear about how God will deal with these sneaky wolves.

Matthew 7:21-23 Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

Matthew 24:4-5 And Jesus answered them, “See that no one leads you astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray.

2 Corinthians 11:13-15 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.

A True Prophecy: Wolves Won’t Always Be Bad 

The great thing about the Bible is that it does not only tell us to beware of these wolves in sheep’s clothing, but it also assures us that we will not always have to fear the wolf. Isaiah, a true prophet, tells us that we have this to look forward to after Jesus comes and there is a new Heaven and new Earth:

Isaiah 11:6 The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together; and a little child shall lead them.

Isaiah 65:25 “… The wolf and the lamb shall graze together; the lion shall eat straw like the ox, and dust shall be the serpent’s food. They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain,” says the LORD. 

How Do You Spot a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing? 

Do you have some tips to share?  Leave a comment below, we would love to hear from you.

Resources: The Holy Bible, King James Version. The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. “Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”

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David December 12, 2015 at 12:57 am

The wheat and the tares, and the wolf posing as sheep, describe a great deception
In all church’s there are different levels of faith, but this has a broader meaning, by Satan plan
And a group say they are, but Jesus saying they are not
And there rejection of the son of God
By their fruits you will know them


Jan January 11, 2016 at 8:15 pm

President Obama is a wolf in sheep’s clothing but definitely is NOT a prophet, and knows nothing of the Bible, the Koran yes he knows


Tina Jackson February 14, 2016 at 5:04 pm

President Obama is not a wolf in sheep clothing! He is certaining more educated than the last President before him President George Bush! Get that plank out of your eye, before you can talk about the beam in Obama’s Eye! I’m praying for you, right now!


Brad Lewis October 17, 2019 at 2:48 pm

Obviously, Tina you either are part of the enemy or just don’t know the Bible. Clearly, Obama has been the enemy of the Church. The first thing he struck down was DOMA, defense of marriage act. Then he starts pushing his Homosexual agenda. He began getting rid of Bible-believing Chaplins in the military. He supported the murder of pre-born babies. These are the work of Satan not something a Christian would support. Also about the plank in your eye, if you will continue reading it tells you to Judge but be a righteous Judge. This Satan’s favorite verse when taken out of context as you did.


karen February 15, 2016 at 8:56 am

Don’t confuse enemy in the Bible with wolf. We are to pray for our enemies, do good to them. Enemies are ppl inside and outside the church who use us, persecute us or slander us…whatever it may be. Wolves on the other hand set out to deceive the believer and fulfill an agenda for gain. They will distort the Word of God and have no love or the truth. An example is the Pharisee in Jesus’ time. The Bible is clear. We are to have nothing to do with wolves. Their end is destruction.


Sarai February 25, 2016 at 12:06 pm

You say to take out the plank in her eye yet compare him to his previous stating that he is better. The bible says to speak the truth in love this man did what many have been trying to do ruin America (read his book dreams from my father). It’s too much to state and too much to explain. I can’t give a full lesson on government, policies and economics but I can tell you this: There is upmost importance in being unashamed of the gospel and standing up for God’s principles. God’s principles are not on a democrat (any democrat). God’s principles are on constitutionalists and conservative; to preserve life , that marriage is holy and between a man and a woman…sister so many things have occurred in this great, great nation
that I know if the church would have voiced God’s decrees
we would not be where we are today.

Hosea 8:4
“They made kings, but not through me.
They set up princes, but I knew it not.
With their silver and gold they made idols
for their own destruction.”

We face a vital election that is detrimental to our future as nation.
It is the responsibility of every Christian to vote and to vote for leaders who will
defend the undeniable, God inspired masterpiece that is our constitution
and to vote for a future president that would promote Christian principles
and take this nation back to it’s foundation…back to God.

Proverbs 28:12
“When the righteous triumph, there is great glory,
but when the wicked rise, people hide themselves.”

What will it be then?
What does the extended hands and feet, the embodiment of Christ say?
We finally have a candidate who God has shown favor to and lives out what he preaches.

Our extended family is being persecuted, tortured, oppressed, and are killed for their faith.
We are BLESSED to have a voice how are we not to invoke the name above all names?
How are we not to stand for what is right?
Even if it is not with the majority! Even if it is not politically correct!


Shelley May 23, 2016 at 7:12 pm

A wolf in sheeps clothing will show up from no where sometimes, they will get very involved in different areas doing favors for people right and left. Their intentions are to look for opportunities to be a predator on the unknowing. They portray themselves as a Christian wearing the Christian tshirts, big cross necklaces. Their life outside may look perfect and altogether, while the truth is it is really just a front to cover up the lies they want hidden. They do not truly know the bible nor do they quote the bible. Yet they spew what a Christian they are from their mouth to other people and blast Facebook with quotes from the bible about how to live for Jesus! I know because I invited a man and his wife to the church me and my husband attend….. The man turned out to be a sexual predator after the married women of our church! His whole life he portrayed to the church was a lie and he was asked to leave our church. The sad thing is, The man and his second wife used to visit my parents long ago when I was 9. Then he mysteriously disappeared…..only to return to the funeral of my mother who passed after my dad passed years earlier. I’m one of 4 sisters, who the man tried to get close to all of us and see what he could do to get close to us. Thank God for our Godly husbands who knew something wasn’t right. We did too, it’s just sometimes women feel sorry and think people need a second chance. That is true, but but men should counsel men and women counsel women. The man was always trying to get me alone to talk and help him with his problems! He turned out to be a predator and is officially gone and asked not to return. Our Pastor is our watchman praise God!!!!! Beware of the signs! This man was given a second chance and had been a predator all his life, not willing to change! God help him to wake up!


Jack Wellman May 23, 2016 at 8:16 pm

Wow…I am speechless (imagine a speechless pastor! :-). Thank you.


Pamela Rose Williams May 24, 2016 at 1:01 pm

AMEN Shelley,

Men should counsel men and women should counsel women. I agree with this but in some cases a man is the counselor, such as in the case of our Biblical Counseling ministry at Selah Mountain Ministries. My husband is the counselor and I run the office. We have a camera that I monitor outside of his office. The camera shows what is going on inside of the office and I can see but do not hear the conversation. This is one way to “avoid all appearance of evil”. We have had absolutely not objections to this practice. You were blessed to trust your “gut feeling” when something was not right and Praise The Lord for your Godly husbands. Thanks for sharing here.


Clyde July 11, 2016 at 4:12 pm

A wolf is driven by its appetites . A Shepherd with a trained sheep dog can spot , smell and defeat a wolf . Sheep dogs are raised as puppies with sheep , trained by the Shepherd with voice and hand signals . Sheep dogs keep order for the flock . Wolves and dogs same family . Sheep don’t always appreciate sheep dogs , True Prophets


Renee July 12, 2016 at 8:52 am

I wish to know whether is this Biblical, my church as not a registered one and still ask us to pay tithes and offering. The pastor even taught that if I cooked any food for my family, they had to pay tithes & offering to the church
Isn’t offering is a free will giving, but we were told and forced to pay our offering more then tithes in order to practice how to draw Faith from God. My Senior Pastor always said she can hear God speaks to her and she was also a prophet.
I need to know whether am I dealing with a wolf in sheep skin.


Jack Wellman July 12, 2016 at 8:58 am

I have concerns about this pastor forcing you to pay even a tithe of food cooked. that is not commanded at all….and this pastor seems to be a wolf in sheep’s closthing…God does not speak to us…but only through His Word, the Bible. That Bible doesn’t even allow for women pastors and there are no prophets today as Jude wrote we must contend for the faith once (already) delivered, not “still being delivered.” Get you…that is a church of satan.


Coleen February 18, 2018 at 10:00 am

Is it appropriate to a pastor always reminds us of give and plant for the church’s needs?? Our pastor always told me, that i must plant for the church he always told me that every time we meet is that right??


Jack Wellman February 18, 2018 at 10:18 am

Hello Coleen. That is a bit strange to have your pastor as you or anyone person in your church to plant a church. That’s a work where most of the church leadership is involved. I have not heard that. I would ask him why church leadership is not there to help you do this? Have they trained you or given you help to do that? If not, that is a new one to me and not normal.


Chase Rushing September 28, 2021 at 4:34 am

The 10 percent rule is used by pastors to bring in more income. This was started when the Hebrews were struggling to make A new nation for themselves and become independent. This money was like taxes so they could afford to rival groups who were under one source. They needed it to buy common weapons and act like one Army. Otherwise they were just a bunch of bickering families. This money was not the Levite’s income. The true spiritual teachers gave up everything and were homeless. They depended on handouts and working odd jobs. Such as Elijah, Jesus and his boys, and John the Baptist. They never asked for money. Jesus asked a woman for water so he didn’t die. Too many preachers today live a life well beyond their members. They are eating the flock and demanding more. Jesus would whip them instead of arguing. If you want to seek the kingdom of god you must leave everything else behind.


Jack Wellman September 28, 2021 at 9:48 pm

Hello Mr. Rushing. There is no “10 percent” rule in the New Testament and if some pastors teach tithing as required, they are not being biblical. We can give more and some give less, but as each has his/her own means, give joyfully and without compulsion, the Bible teaches in New Testament. Jesus was supported by women for His ministry. Read the gospels and you will see they included the most prominent being Mary Magdalene, Joanna, the wife of Chuza, and Susanna. True spiritual leaders gave up home and everything? Where is this in Scripture? Let me recommend the MacArthur Study Bible. This will help you clear up your errors about tithing and that pastors did not bring up or create this “rule” for more income. That is as false a statement as has ever been stated. No pastor out of the 34 I know has ever taught this rule.


Hilda Williams July 12, 2016 at 5:11 pm

When I read this Trump immediately came to mind for me. Romans 16:17-18 Now beseech you brethren , mark them which cause DIVISIONS AND OFFENCES contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned: and AVOID them. For they that are such serve NOT THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, but THEIR OWN BELLY, and by good words and fair speeches DECIEVE the hearts of the SIMPLE.
We must be wise in who we choose as president and my gut and soul just tells me this verse says it all for me. I am an Independent voter and a Christian and while none of the candidates are perfect or one that I agree with 100%, but I know in my heart I could NEVER vote for such a man like Trump. I appreciate your post and enjoy reading them and reminding us what the Bible tells us about so many things that certainly applies so much about what is going on today.


KEN RAMSEY July 22, 2016 at 11:05 pm

hmm.. Well I really enjoyed the article, but some of the comments, not so much. You could never vote for Trump? Is it because he’s an egotist? Do you prefer Clinton? She believes in the murder of unborn babies, the Word of God describes that as an abomination,(the worst kind of sin). She is also a compulsive and habitual liar. Now I understand that she really can’t help herself because……. THE LUSTS OF HER father SHE WILL DO. John 8:44 No Prophets? ARE YOU KIDDING? JESUS gave the Church 5 ministry gifts, Ephesians 4:11. Verse 13 tells the duration of these gifts, if one of them has expired then they have ALL expired. When you, as a Pastor post such things and then use Jude v.3 to support YOUR ideas, I can’t help but think of Jude v.10. I would very much like to talk to you about Faith, but it would be more beneficial to you to invest your time conferring with the SPIRIT of Faith, also known as the SPIRIT of TRUTH, the SPIRIT of GRACE, the SPIRIT of GOD, and the HOLY SPIRIT.


Janelle Frances August 27, 2016 at 1:38 pm

I love going to church with my husband to worship God. The last 3 years a man in the church (my age bracket) who is very active in ‘works’ has been approaching me when my husband is not present to give me a hug and talk about ‘spiritual things’. I have noticed that he rarely approaches me when my husband is next to me, and on just a few occasion while next to my husband he has approached me to say “hello” but will not acknowledge my husband or even make eye contact with him. Just last week my husband and I stayed arm in arm the whole evening at church and when were leaving the service ‘the wolf’ watched us walk out of the building and made eye contact with my husband. Several others are aware of his behavior. I have decided to ignore ‘the wolf’ and have rehearsed some script the next time he comes up to me to even just my touch my arm . . . “Would you please not touch me since ‘my husband’ and I prefer you not do so.” In saying all that I had a ‘red flag’ the first time this man came up and hugged me, since prior to that I had observed that he hugs all the women in bible study classes and other small fellowship meetings. My husband and I have agreed to stay arm in arm and together at church. I pray ‘the wolf’ is obviously exposed and dealt with.


Jack Wellman August 27, 2016 at 1:57 pm

I am sorry for this ordeal. You are right. This man is a wolf. Hugs shouldn’t be given to women unless they offer it first. That’s our church protocol. I would speak with the pastor about this man. If he is “hitting” on you, then there are probably other women who he is doing the same with. I would go to the pastor with your husband present or at least call him. Perhaps the pastor has heard complaints about this man before and what he is doing is totally inappropriate. You (and your husband) may be the first to expose this man and have him dealt with. God may be using you to help keep His church without spot or blemish, as the church is called to be holy as God is holy.


Rachel Sinnott August 29, 2019 at 11:46 am

Why don’t you attend another church or have your husband talk to him in love letting him know that he needs to repent?


Nina August 31, 2016 at 4:03 pm

I am glad I stumbled onto this page. I got a little too close in sharing spiritual thoughts with a man at my church. He is warm, kind and gentle. Now I realize he has been grooming me all along for a physical affair. He said everything a woman likes to hear, including warm hugs witnessed by my husband. My husband did not say a word until I had to tell him the man approached me to have an affair “no emotions were to be involved.” This man is also married. My husband said he could see it coming. He never said anything because of his own pride but now he wishes he would have. I am embarrassed and have asked God for forgiveness. My husband forgave me for getting too emotionally connected with another man and told me I need to set better boundaries with men. He said a physical affair would have been much harder for him to get over. I purchased a bible study on boundaries. I won’t be hugging other men anymore! I have learned a lot from this experience and about wolves in sheep’s clothing!


Jack Wellman August 31, 2016 at 4:09 pm

Thank you for sharing your experience Nina. Your honesty is refreshing but we too are all a work in progress and how often, if we were as honest as you, would say “I have learned a lot form this experience…” Such humility. Wow.


Pamela Rose Williams September 1, 2016 at 11:00 am

Nina, Thank you for being so transparent. I am so happy that you were able to have the strength to avoid the physical affair. It also seems that you now know what an “Emotional affair” is seeing as you listened to that man’s kind words and became somewhat attached to him. Great practice not to hug men other than your husband. I practice that one myself! It does appear that you were involved with a wolf in sheep’s clothing indeed. Thanks for sharing.


Bill Coy October 3, 2016 at 7:00 am

Recently popular Community Organizers, especially in the Chicago area, carry on a model set in motion by increasingly well known Saul Alinsky, who worked there as well. Alinksy was so depraved philosophically that he dedicated his life’s work to “Lucifer, the first to rebel against authority.” He stated that “if there is a God, I’d rather go to Hell and reorganize it..” He was not too clear in his beliefs: How could there be a Lucifer and a Hell, if there wasn’t a rebellion against God? Since Hillary Clinton dedicated her thesis to Saul Alinsky, and has followed his edicts her entire adult life, and in her political goals, it is illogical for anybody believing in God to vote for a disciple of Saul, who worshiped Satan.


Pam October 4, 2016 at 3:25 am

Well, my sisters and brothers I am so hurt and ashamed. I encountered a wolf in sheep clothing and I’m stranded on the side of the road. I met this man online, on a Christian dating site. I will not compromise and date men who do not love god. Well, this man and I would pray together, talk about the word all the time. I mean everything was about God. I’m a woman of a certain age and Im single, no children, never been married but am ready to be married. God made me a promise in 2003 concerning a husband and I’ve been holding on to that promise for a while now. I desire a man to pray with and for me, just us walking in the things of god and doing gods will is my desire with a husband. This man started telling me how his father left him an inheritance and he had to go to another country to get it. He sent me a copy if the check that was his inheritance and he would pay me back when he got to my state. Well, to make the story short. I gave him money to get back to the states. ALL LIES! I prayed with him and for him, he made up lies saying other people had sent him money to help him come back to the states. Family he made up an elaborate story but they were all lies. Shortly after meeting him, in my prayer time I heard the spirit say ” Arise, shine fir thy light has come, and the glory of the lord has risen upon thee” Well because I’ve been waiting so long. I just knew God was saying HE WAS THE ONE. I MISSED it! All the while I was attempting to send the money it would not send on 3 different ocassions, so many things kept hindering g the transaction but because I, in my mind thought god was saying he is the ONE! I arrived even harder to assist my to be husband. The man that I was speaking with was not acting alone, I was corresponding with his friend while he was supposedly being locked up because he was found with more than 10,000.00 dollars on his person. They were in kahoots together. Family all the while I’m still getting up at my prayer time praying, reading my word, listening and worshipping god. I was DECEIVED! I later sent this check to the bank it was drawn on and they confirmed it was a scam. I had give him my money by that time. WHY AM I SO HURT? I am hurt because I’m ashamed that I missed it. God kept attempting to block the things that I was doing but I thought this was it for me. I invest in my relationship with God. I spend quality time with God and I made a critical error and it’s painful to know you’ve been tricked, misled, emotionally damaged then out of money by someone whom I didn’t even know. PLEASE NO CRITICISM, I feel horrible enough knowing I did not listen to god. I’m not the Christian who beats herself up, I’ve worked on myself and detached myself from judgment and condemnation (Romans 12:2) but this situation has got me emotionally all over the place. When he knew that I discovered that he scammed me and used God word & language to do it of course I never heard back from him again. Please believe I have never did anything g like this before and that hurt as well not only was I scammed and deceived but I acted out of character. That was not me. His words were smooth. I now realized that he listened to how I expressed my love for God and used it against. I’m hurt family and I have not been able to stop crying. I missed God and I’ve disappointed god and I never ever wanna do that. How do I recover. I’ve been so ashamed that I have not gotten in the presence of God in almost a week. I feel ashamed. I know God loves and forgives me but I was not supposed to be overtaken by this wolf. HELP ME PLEASE…


Jack Wellman October 4, 2016 at 8:58 am

Hello Pam. I am so sorry for all of this terrible heartache. How do you recover from this? God will often use our pain to minister to others who have been in similar situations. Have you talked with your pastor about this? Do you have a church that members can pray for your broken heart? God forgives and helps us to move on. We can’t do it alone. We need others and that includes the Body of Christ, the church. Think of Job who lost everything, including his 10 children, so make Christ most precious to you and He will provide all you need, even if it’s a healed heart (Matt 6:33).


Dana October 28, 2016 at 12:39 am

My heart breaks for these beautiful women victimized by a wolf. I say wolf, rather than wolves, because every one of these cases mirror the exact experiences of my ex-husband and me, my ex and his second wife, and my ex with many women in our church. I started getting the heebie-jeebies reading these accounts because I thought for sure they were all talking about the same man, my ex. This wolf, my ex, has been diagnosed as a pathological sexual predator by a licensed clinical marriage counselor. It all started with an addiction to pornography. AND YET, he plays the victim, and is so-o-o-o-o spiritual, women tend to think he walks on water. He has a profession where he is in homes, often with women whose husbands are at work. Now he has come back to the church we were married in, where our grown children are ministering and raising their families. I fear for my lovely granddaughters. The “wolf” has apparently been welcomed back with open, forgiving arms, even though he “hit” on the pastor’s wife years ago. When he started to worm his way into serving in the church, first taking the offering, then serving communion, I told the pastor that if he going to be allowed to serve, I would leave the church, which I have been a member over 40 years. I have even warned the pastor that I have seen my ex singling out new young couples after church. Just like a wolf that separates the weaker sheep from the flock, he needs needy women. I’d like to think more pastors are aware of what is going on, and are not so quick to dismiss women’s “intuition.” But that has not been the case in our church. Thank you for having a forum (not that you intended it) for women to share the betrayal they have experienced from a wolf. Perhaps others will be better forewarned. God bless you!


Mark K. November 21, 2016 at 5:25 am

I think many wolves, especially those within the church are easy to spot. However, as has been my experience, many wolves have come from the positions of leadership; Evangelists, Pastors, Deacons, Ministers and the like. Often times, like Satan, they masquerade as “Angels of the Light”, teaching, preaching and even serving. Yet, like the devil their lies and false teachings are not always as obvious. They have an appearance of godliness. They, like the devil tempting Jesus in the wilderness, know the scriptures. Rather than teaching, preaching and living the truth (1Timothy 4:16), these so-called servants/Men of God are nothing more than deceivers. As a born-again believer of more than 2 1/2 decades it is VITAL that each and every believer develops convictions based upon the Word so that one can identify a Wolf, even when he is leading the church body.


Tim December 14, 2016 at 8:05 am

Here are a few more notes on this subject by Pastor Chuck Smith who led the Calvary Chapel movement:

Link 1 – https://www.blueletterbible.org/Comm/smith_chuck/SermonNotes_Mat/Mat_130.cfm?a=936015

Link 2 – https://www.blueletterbible.org/Comm/smith_chuck/SermonNotes_Mat/Mat_131.cfm?a=936015

Keep reading your Bible and follow Jesus!


Artyop February 11, 2017 at 12:18 pm

Wolf in sheep clothing to me is feeling the fruit, but it has a wolf under the fruit. It attack ya if you make mistake, or do wrong. Holy spirit will give you a warning before it happen you should notice it. All I’ve experience did attack me in one form, or an another. I’m a seer I can see the other side, and can see the spirits. I am unsure how much I am able to reveal because the information is vast. Some will hurt to control you, some will hurt to stop you, some will hurt to keep you on your toe . I don’t know they all got sheep clothing with some form of teeth. Maybe it’s a good thing even God would spank his children, but still that doesn’t explain wolf in sheep clothing. Two religion has hurt me bad shamanism, and catholic. These two I stay away from it’s too controlling for me.


Jack Wellman February 11, 2017 at 12:51 pm

Hello Artyop. Thank you for your comment, but can you tell me from Scripture where there “seers” are allowed by God? To be a seer in the Bible is to have God’s judgment against them. Have you told your pastor about this? I do agree…God does spank His children in love but even the wolves have their part as Jesus separates the sheep from the goats on the day of His judgment. Many think they are saved but are not (Matt 7:21-23).


Joe February 27, 2017 at 10:32 pm

I have failed my marriage of 12 years. My wife wants a divorce and we are separated. Two years ago my wife and an old male friend confided in each other about their marital problems. She told me that she would stop talking to him. At that time he wrote a letter for my wife and gave it to a female friend of my wife. The letter was a profession of love and said that if my wife and I would ever have trouble again he would be waiting. The female friend gave the letter to my wife one month into our separation. 3 weeks later my wife and this man spent a weekend together where they had sex. All people that I spoke of consider themselves Christians. He is being portrayed as a hero. This relationship is also being mentioned as being driven by God. My wife believes she is in love with him. From my perspective he is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. He coveted my wife as long as I have known her. He lusted over her. He took advantage of her during her most vulnerable time. Then they committed sexually immoral acts that people have justified by saying that my wife wanted a divorce.


Berenger2 July 20, 2017 at 4:18 am

Thank you so much for this. I have seen so many wolves in the church. Sometimes I think a third of the leaders and congregation could be wolves, especially at quiet times like summer months. They are particularly tenacious.

I’m new to church – been going less than a year. So this is all quite a shock to me. I’m learning to trust what God tells me. I just got bitten after ignoring his warning about a sweet old lady style wolf. I thought I was seriously paranoid at first. But I’m not. God loves me enough to warn me, in everyday church life as well as in his word. That is all. Thank you again. Your sister in the UK.


Mark Briscoe July 31, 2017 at 8:33 am

First and foremost by what doctrines he believes and perhaps teaches or preaches. If he stresses the fact that he is a prophet. A true prophet does not need to advertise for they know a prophet has been among them. Lastly, Jesus told us how spot them and that is by their fruit. These people prey on churches where the leadership accepts and allows men like that into positions simply based on what they claim. Do not recognize someone as prophet based solely on his word. Time will tell, others let time reveal his fruit.


Jack Wellman July 31, 2017 at 9:13 am

Thank you Mr. Briscoe. I suggest you read Jude 1:3 and Hebrews 1:1-2 among other passages since you think there are still prophets. The gift of prophet seems to have been a temporary gift given by Christ for the laying of the foundation of the church. Prophets were foundational to the church (Ephesians 2:20). The prophet proclaimed a message from the Lord to the early believers. Sometimes a prophet’s message was revelatory (new revelation and truth from God) and sometimes a prophet’s message was predictive (see Acts 11:28 and 21:10). The early Christians did not have the complete Bible. Some early Christians did not have access to any of the books of the New Testament. The New Testament prophets “filled the gap” by proclaiming God’s message to the people who would not have access to it otherwise. The last book of the New Testament (Revelation) was not completed until late in the first century. So, the Lord sent prophets to proclaim God’s Word to His people.

Are there true prophets today? If the purpose of a prophet was to reveal truth from God, why would we need prophets if we have the completed revelation from God in the Bible? If prophets were the “foundation” of the early church, are we still building the “foundation” today? Can God give someone a message to deliver to someone else? Absolutely! Does God reveal truth to someone in a supernatural way and enable that person to deliver that message to others? Absolutely! But is this the biblical gift of prophecy? No


Xiomara Rosemond August 20, 2017 at 3:48 am

I can someone please tell me where I can find more comments old or new. I’m not a new Christian but I’m still learning.


Mary Wolfe February 17, 2019 at 10:06 am

I have had so many bad experiences in church I don’t even want to go. It does not feel like a safe place to me. It is like a show!


Jack Wellman February 19, 2019 at 2:24 pm

Hello Mary. We are commanded to not forsake the assembling of ourselves, and even more so in these last days (Heb 10:24-25). No one has hurt Jesus more than the church, and yet He still shows up. It is not a show. Your bad experience can’t let you judge all churches as being a show. That is unfair. Please don’t judge the church Jesus died for!


Fiona May 13, 2019 at 10:16 pm

Mary Wolfe, I’m so sorry that you have been to a church that you don’t feel safe in. Please ask the Lord to show you if HE has a place for you to call home in a local church…. He is a faithful a God and will guide you. Ask Him to give you ears to hear how He is prompting you.
The problem with the church is it’s full of people who sin ( which is all of us)
I am praying now that you will be led to a church that will speak truth and that you would find nice ladies to do a Bible study with…. and that God will use you in the lives of others. Do not lose heart sweet sister. Seek His face….


Astrid October 3, 2019 at 5:28 pm

I really want to read this article, but it’s black letters against a dark blue background, and causing me serious eye strain. Please change the colours!


Jack Wellman October 3, 2019 at 6:43 pm

Hello Astrid. I checked the article and it seems fine to us. There are no colors behind it. It is a white background. Perhaps something is wrong with your computer because in 11 years, we’ve never heard this kind of comment, and checking it just now, it is a white background. I will still look into it my friend. Thank you for letting us know.


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