A Follow-up to My ‘Fleeced Flock’ Post

Posted on April 1, 2020


By David Ettinger

A Good Point
My most recent post, “Shame on ‘The Fleeced Flock’!” garnered many reads, and just about everyone who read it received it well.

However, I did receive one objection from a blogging friend who wrote: “Jesus looked on the crowds, governed by Herod the fox and the Roman occupiers, with the Pharisees as their spiritual overlords. He didn’t shame them but had compassion on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So He came to be our Good Shepherd.”

This was his way of saying that my blog was perhaps a little too heavy-handed and lacking compassion. He makes a very good point!

To clarify who I was referring to, I quoted 2 Timothy 4:3: “For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.”

This verse should have been included in my original blog!

A Further Clarification
So, for the most part, I believe that the vast majority of those who attend prosperity doctrine churches do fall into the “itching ears” category, and are thereby deserving of criticism.

At the same time, however, I want to clarify one thing. Not everyone who attends these churches are in it to get rich, as a small percentage are well-intentioned, but got caught up in something they don’t understand. Strong believers need to have compassion on those who are struggling with biblical and faith matters, and pray that they can free themselves from the fleecers who are trying to separate them from their money.

My blogging friend, once I responded, went on to make a point regarding the “sheep” and the “goats” (Matthew 25). He wrote: “Jesus might have compassion for lost sheep, but I’m not so sure about goats!” In other words, those who are sincere and struggling (sheep) are certainly deserving of compassion and understanding, but those who are false Christians (goats) are not.

A Word of Thanks
So thanks to my blogging friend Robert, and I strongly recommend to you his excellent blog. He has wonderful insights on biblical matters, and all of his blogs are short – something much welcomed for those of us who are time-strapped!

Here is the link: https://roberlain.wordpress.com/