No doubt about it, we live in perilous times, and we see the words of Christ manifesting before our very eyes:
Matthew 7:15-20 (New American Standard Bible)
15“Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.
16“You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they?
17“So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit.
18“A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit.
19“Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
20“So then, you will know them by their fruits.
Last summer I introduced you to Anthony Carter – Reformed Author, Pastor, and Teacher. Carter is the author of “On Being Black & Reformed” and “Experiencing The Truth: Bringing the Reformation to the African-American Church”. He is also the Lead Pastor of East Point Church here in Metro-Atlanta, and praise God through Jesus Christ that He saw fit to provide another lifeboat of sound teaching in the sea of apostasy and heresy in the Atlanta area. Carter has released his latest book “Wolves Among The Sheep” – and he provides a free copy (if you contact him via email) AND and e-book version if you care to kill a few trees and print it out :-)
I’ve had the pleasure of hearing Pastor Tony preach a few times – and I’ve met him once. He is truly a man after God’s heart – not in the “word of faith/mand of gawd” way, but the true discipling of God’s people by presenting truth line upon line. Pastor Tony was nice enough to take time away from his schedule to talk to me about his latest work:
ST: Why this book?
- Carter: Well, one of the great deficiencies in the church today is spiritual discernment. It seems people are open to anything that gives the slightest indication of being Christian, or just even spiritual. I wrote this little booklet in hopes that people would realize that when Jesus said that there would be wolves in sheep clothing among the flock of God, he was not just referring to the church in his day, but was declaring an ongoing threat in the church. Likewise, the Apostle Paul picked up on this teaching and warned those in the church in his day of the same threat. So this booklet is just taking the warnings of our Lord and his apostle seriously and seeking to make application of this truth in our day.
ST: Your current book seems to diverge from your earlier works “Experiencing the Truth: Bringing the Reformation to the African-American Church” and “On Being Black and Reformed”. Is there a sense of urgency with this book?
- Carter: The urgency is to declare the gospel and the full counsel of God. In doing so, we must not only declare the truth, but also be prepared as our Lord was to refute falsehood and guard the people of God with the word of God. My other books are more comprehensive than this booklet. They sought to address a broader subject and with more in-depth analysis. This current booklet is meant to be a brief, but clear clarion call to God’s faithful people to beware and not get duped by the fancy-talking, high-living, but self-promoting so-called prophets of our day.
ST: The book is pretty direct in exposing the motives and tactics of the wolves of today – why not mention some of them by name?
- Carter: Actually, the tendency is to want to mention them by name. Living here in Atlanta where many of their voices are so prevalent, calling names would surely invoke a reaction. And if a reaction was all I wanted to get out of the booklet, then calling their names would have been the way to do it. However, I am not after a reaction, but rather to encourage biblical thinking and discernment. Thus, rather than an emotional reaction to a certain bishop or pastor, I hope people will read the book and make application as the Spirit leads them. Furthermore, in calling names you run the risk of people focusing the discussion just on the one or two individuals you call rather than the broader application that is really required. There are more than just one or two wolves out there.
ST: I presume that many who flee false doctrine seek you out because of your honest and heartfelt delivery of the true Gospel message. How do you minister to those who have been hurt by the modern day “Church, Inc.”?
- Carter: When people come to our church from these false prophetic ministries, I am always moved by the faithfulness of Christ to call his sheep and how they hear his voice – just as he said they would. And so, when they come to us we are reminded that Christ calls us to feed them. We seek to give them the only food that really satisfies a true child of God, namely the gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is the gospel that binds up wounds and give spiritual sustenance in order to strengthen weary souls. We try to do as our motto says, and “point people to Jesus.”
Praise God that He stills sends men like Carter into the mission field to minister to the lost and deceived. Be sure to get your copy of “Wolves Among The Sheep” (it’s free, remember?) and be equipped with the words and Spirit of Christ in spreading His truth.