Bro is right; the agenda may not be clearly visible at first; it is a very good disguise until the actions are seen that prove that there is not a sheep but a wolf amongst us. They appear to be a sheep but show up sooner or later as unrepentant, unforgiving, not "acting like a christian" and try to cause division and strife in the church. Even if the body of Christ assists financially and supports; they can want more and be demanding and unthankful...(see all the red flags???) They may have a "good talk" for a while but not an obvious faithful walk with the Lord and the brethren.The Bible says very clearly, that we will know them by their fruit. Wolves, no matter how they try to disguise themselves are still wolves. They were born wolves, and have a wolf's nature. They can pretend to be sheep, but that is only on the surface. True "sheep" will be humble, and obedient to Christ at all times in all things. Wolves, can pretend to be, but their agenda will show through the thin disguise by what their actions produce.
Interesting view! In a good way...I don't know if I ever met such a wolf. I think certain popes of the medievals are good examples. Take, for example, that pope who sent that crusade to constantinople, to conquer that christian town to do a favor to the venetians. (I don't mean to bash the catholic church though - I am ecumenical).
I think the kind of wolves Christ means are such people who are willfully hypocritical. Like Kevin says, they deceive on purpose.
Apply discernment. All of us make mistakes, in doctrine too. I'm not long on this forum, but I already disagreed with some of you here about certain doctrines and their proper interpretation. This doesn't make neither them nor me wolves in sheeps clothing.
Hitler is another good example of a wolf. He always flattered us germans, but in truth he hated our country and only wanted to reign over us so that he could pursue his wicked games.
I don't think there are many of them around. Maybe 1 or 2 in a 1000, not more.
[/FONT] It can be very hard at first. The most accomplished wolves are well read in scriptures and know how to act at being meek. But over time their pride shows and they start to reveal doctrines that are more and more of a stretch from the Word of God, eventually they will start bringing forth doctrines in clear rebellion against the Gospel.best way to find them out,any experiences anybody,do they have traits?