FALSE PROPHETS IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING
Jesus said: “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but underneath are ravenous wolves” (Mt 7:15). We do not take this in a literal sense. Sheep is innocent and defenseless. The wolves are carnival animals who come to pray on the sheep.
It was often difficult to recognize false prophets from the true ones. The false prophets used the same attire and language of true prophets. However, people could distinguish them from their attitude and goals in their ministry. Jesus warned on such “wolves” that approach the sheep covered with sheepskin to misguide and destroy them.
There were people who abused the office of prophets during the early church. They were doing offensive and punishable actions in front of God.
In the modern times, there are false prophets within the church and outside who seem to be true and mislead the faithful.