This year for enditnow® Emphasis Day we are focused on “Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing, When those who claim to be followers of Jesus harm others.” Both the Old and New Testaments refer to God’s people as sheep, to the body of believers as a flock, and to our Lord as the Shepherd. But because our churches are filled with imperfect and broken people, we may encounter a wolf disguised in sheep’s clothing, or a wolf disguised in shepherd’s clothing. Often we think that abuse involves violence, but none of the cases shared in the sermon include violence. None of the “victims” resisted abuse. At the time it was happening, none of them even recognized it as abuse. Yet, the power differential caused each victim to be violated.
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