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Firing The Founder

The LORD (see Christ The Creator) created wolves for a beneficial purpose in nature - a lesson that humans sometimes learn the hard way. In areas where wolves have been annihilated, populations of destructive mice and rabbits have sometimes grown beyond what is normal and natural - because their God-assigned predators were eliminated by humans who thought that they knew better than the Creator.

Wolves are also beneficial to life. Wolves actually strengthen deer populations, and reduce suffering among deer. How? Wolves rarely prey upon the strongest animals, who can escape and/or defend themselves, but upon the weak - animals that not only would undermine deer populations as a whole if they survived to reproduce, but by, in effect, providing a biological euthanasia for the frail animals to relieve them of their suffering in, for example, severe weather in which the strongest animals are able to thrive, not just suffer through, as the feeble animals do.

Wolves are not "evil" creatures for behaving according to the instincts that the LORD God gave them. Many humans have contempt for wolves because "they hunt in packs," but so do humans - often times the very same humans, in their hunting packs, are the people most vocal against wolves for behaving as God made them.

Literal "wolves" are not condemned in the Holy Scriptures. Nor is there anything wrong or bad about the word "wolf." But, on the other hand, humans who behave like "wolves" in God's Church are despicable in the eyes of the LORD.

"This is the Heir; come, let us kill Him, and let us seize on His inheritance"

There have been a number of incidents, in God's true Church, where "grievous wolves" have preyed upon the flock, either by a new "leader" misleading, what had been a part of the Church of God, into apostasy after the death of someone who had been faithful to the Word of God (I can think of one major assembly of the true people of God where that happened), or by a late-comer corporate "board of directors" firing the actual founder of that particular group of the Church - and then taking it over for themselves, for their own defective "ambitious" purposes (I can think of three major assemblies of the true people of God where that happened).

Wolves Although tragic (for the "sheep" at the time, and the "wolves" in the coming Judgment Day), it's also something that we are warned would happen to Christ's Church.

The first founder and leader that was "fired" was Christ Himself.

"21:33 Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country: 21:34 And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it.

21:35 And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another. 21:36 Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them likewise. 21:37 But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son.

21:38 But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance. 21:39 And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him.

21:40 When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen?

21:41 They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons.

21:42 Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the LORD doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?

21:43 Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. 21:44 And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.

21:45 And when the chief priests and Pharisees [see The Origin Of The Essenes, Sadducees And Pharisees] had heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them. 21:46 But when they sought to lay hands on him, they feared the multitude, because they took him for a prophet." (Matthew 21:33-46 KJV)

The incident above involved "the chief priests and Pharisees" who usurped what was created by Christ (i.e. see 'Before Abraham Was, I AM'). But it was, moreover since that time, about the Church that Christ created, as stated by the apostle Paul i.e. "the Church of God, which He hath purchased with His own blood. For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock."

"20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. 20:29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. 20:30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. 20:31 Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears." (Acts 20:28-31 KJV)

Paul worked to bring the Christians of Galatia together, not under him, but under Christ ("do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ"). Misleaders later "fired" Paul ("I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel") and instead came under the spell of "ambitious" men who lusted for the people to follow them, rather than Christ i.e. "there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ."

"1:1 Paul, an apostle, not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead; 1:2 And all the brethren which are with me, unto the churches of Galatia:

1:3 Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, 1:4 Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father: 1:5 To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

1:6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 1:7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 1:8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 1:9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

1:10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ." (Galatians 1:1-10 KJV)

The apostle John was also "fired," by Diotrephes, an "ambitious" former student who "loveth to have the preeminence among them."

"1:9 I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not. 1:10 Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church.

1:11 Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God. 1:12 Demetrius hath good report of all men, and of the truth itself: yea, and we also bear record; and ye know that our record is true." (3 John 1:9-12 KJV)

Fact Finder: (a) How do true servants of the LORD "lead"? (b) What happens when people follow a "leader" rather than follow the Word of God?
(a) See Leaders And Pushers
(b) See Is Your Religion Your Religion?

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