If you read yesterday’s devotional, you may recall that a wolf, by any other name, is still a wolf — and it will always be thus. When another animal forgets this, it does so to its peril. Aesop told another fable about a herd of wild horses which grazed in a prairie, when one of them suddenly caught the scent of wolves. The entire herd fled for safety.

A few days later, the wolves came back, only this time they used a different tactic. Instead of traveling in a large pack, they sent a few stragglers to casually infiltrate the herd of horses. Though at first the horses were hesitant to share the prairie with known predators, they soon grew accustomed to seeing the wolves in their midst. Eventually, they let their guard down altogether.

Like cunning foxes, the wolves used the wild horses’ indifference to their advantage, and preyed upon them until there were no more left.

What caused the horses to fall victim to the wolves? Had the wolves developed a speed advantage over the horses? No. Had they grown in size and strength so as to easily overpower them? No. The horses’ tolerance for the wolves in their midst led to their demise.

When Christians become tolerant of the moral and doctrinal deviation promoted by wolves in the church, they will likewise be devoured. Error never comes to us dressed like a wolf, or we would quickly reject it. It dresses in the white wool of a sheep so as to deceive. Remember, a wolf, by any other name, is still a wolf. Only an undiscerning sheep judges it by its appearance without considering its substance.

Ask God to help you discern between those who are standing for truth and those who are propagating error. Then determine to stand with those who stand for Him — and do it today, for tomorrow may be too late.

The question is not whether a doctrine is beautiful but whether it is true. When we wish to go to a place, we do not ask whether the road leads through a pretty country, but whether it is the right road. — Augustus William and Julius Charles Hare

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.