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A Wolf In Shepherd’s Clothing

Deceived/Deception Self-righteousness Shepherding

Source: “Pa. rehab CEO accused of selling heroin and fentanyl,” Posted on October 7, 2017 By Candy Woodall

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-12-04

Scripture: Titus 3:5

Author: Illustration Exchange
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PennLive reports:

A Pennsylvania drug rehab founder and CEO is accused of selling heroin and fentanyl to the addicts the facility was designed to heal.

Federal officials say 65-year-old David Francis was dealing those deadly drugs to clients and throughout McKees Rocks, a borough near Pittsburgh.

The Next Step Foundation that Francis operated is listed as providing recovery housing to drug addicts and alcoholics.

Instead of providing the housing, education, support and services to help them recover from addiction, as the organization's mission states, federal agents say Francis was acting as their drug dealer.

Federal authorities on Friday raided his home and the rehab facility amid charging him with intention to distribute fentanyl. His detention hearing is scheduled for Wednesday in federal court.

A person who bought drugs from him in May died of a fentanyl overdose, investigators said.

Federal officials began investigating in July after multiple overdoses were reported in McKees Rocks and nearby Ingram. 

APPLICATION

Lost and desperate people look to the Church for hope.  Sadly, rather than ministering grace, many in this industry actually stoke the sin nature with a regiment of shame-based legalism and works righteousness, proving that the only thing worse than a wolf in sheep’s clothing is a wolf in shepherd’s clothing. 

Pastors are supposed to help those who struggle with their addiction to religious pride, which keeps them from humbling seeking God’s grace. Ironically, many in the Church actually encourage this addictive behavior. 

The Church is here to save mankind, not to put him on an even more addictive and hopeless path. These clergy act more like this rehab founder than the healers God has called them to be. 

"But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit" (Titus 3:4-5). 

Ben Affleck Embarrassed By Slave Owner Ancestor

Humility Self-righteousness Jesus' Humanity

Source: “E-mail shows Ben Affleck asked PBS to censor slave-owning ancestry” By Mark Shanahan, GLOBE STAFF , posted BostonGlobe.com, APRIL 19, 2015

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-04-27

Scripture: Matthew 1:1 ; Luke 3:23

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“A hacked Sony e-mail posted by WikiLeaks … reveals that Ben Affleck demanded that the PBS show ‘Finding Your Roots’ remove the fact that one of the actor’s ancestors owned slaves,” reports the Boston Globe.

In a July 22, 2014, e-mail, the show’s host, Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., asked Sony USA boss Michael Lynton what he should do about Affleck’s request: “One of our guests has asked us to edit out something about one of his ancestors — the fact that he owned slaves. Now, four or five of our guests this season descend from slave owners, including Ken Burns. We’ve never had anyone ever try to censor or edit what we found. He’s a megastar. What do we do?” Lynton advised that the revelation be removed. “I would take it out if no one knows, but if it gets out that you are editing the material based on this kind of sensitivity then it gets tricky.”

In response to the leaked emails, Affleck apologized for having made the request and admitted that he was embarrassed by his slave owning relative and wanted to distance himself from him.

APPLICATION

If PBS was to do a documentary on finding Jesus’ roots, what do you suppose they’d find? He’s the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, so surely His pedigree is perfect, right? Wrong!

Rahab was a prostitute.

King David was an adulterer and murderer.

Truth be told, ALL of Jesus’ ancestors were imperfect, sinful souls simply because ALL human beings are imperfect, sinful souls.

What if this news gets out?! He's a megastar! It could ruin Him!

But Jesus wasn’t embarrassed by his pedigree. He didn't want to distance Himself from it. Rather, He embraced it, acknowledging that God uses imperfect, improbable, even undesirable characters to accomplish his purposes.

“The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham …” (Matthew 1:1, ESV).

“Jesus, when he began his ministry, was about thirty years of age, being the son (as was supposed) of Joseph … “ (Luke 3:23, ESV).

Charlie Pride's Pride and Envy

Pride Envy Self-righteousness

Source: “1975 Charlie Rich lights John Denver's award ballot on fire LIVE!” posted on YouTube.com, retrieved 4/17/15

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-04-18

Scripture: Philippians 2:3 ; Proverbs 16:18

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In 1975, country music was transitioning, as one blogger aptly described, from “the old Nashville style of slicked back hair, rhinestone suits, and songs about trains, trucks, and cheating” to a new style “characterized by shaggy hair, bell-bottom jeans, and songs about sunshine, love, and peaceful easy feelings.”

Right in the middle of the transition chaos was country/folk music superstar John Denver. John’s folksy, down-to-earth style was sharply juxtaposed against the likes of reigning country music royalty like Charlie Pride.

Denver was wildly successful on the country music charts, achieving several platinum album—a feat unattained by other country music artists of the day. He was also able to successful crossover to top the charts of pop music, as well. It’s no wonder that there was a great deal of jealousy and animosity toward Denver and his new style of country music. Many in the ranks believed that he was unworthy of such success in Nashville and beyond.

When it came time for the 1975 Country Music Awards, Charlie Pride was asked to present the award for Entertainer of the Year (an award he himself had won just the year prior). Upon opening the envelope and seeing the name John Denver inside, Pride promptly proceeded to pull out a cigarette lighter and send the results up in flames. Facetiously, he announced, “The winner is my friend Mr. John Denver.”

Though many country artists agreed with Pride’s position, many fans did not. Pride’s record sales began to falter, generating only one top ten hit the following year. He would go on to have other top ten hits here and there, but his career was never the same.

Click the link to source above to view a video clip of the award presentation.

APPLICATION

Wow. Is this where we get the saying, “Pride comes before a fall?” No, actually, that would come from Scripture—“Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18).

In this case it was a pride which gave birth to envy.

Webster's Dictionary defines “envy” as “painful or resentful awareness of the advantage enjoyed by another joined with a desire to possess the same advantage,” while The Oxford English Dictionary, in one of its definitions, takes it a step further saying, “the feeling of mortification and ill-will occasioned by the contemplation of superior advantages possessed by another.”

Don’t allow your good will toward another’s success to go up in flames.

“Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves” (Philippians 2:3).

The Other Fellow

Excuses Perspective Self-righteousness

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-11-15

Scripture: Matthew 7:3

Author: unknown
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"I Should Go To Heaven"

Good Works Salvation Self-righteousness

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-09-27

Scripture: Ephesians 2:8

Author: Sophia Loren, actress
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When Humility Isn't Humility

Humility Hypocrisy Self-righteousness

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-09-03

Author: Jayson D. Bradley / Illustration Exchange
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How Gross Is Your Toothbrush

Self-righteousness Sin Jesus' Sacrifice

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-03-17

Scripture: Isaiah 64:6

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Self-righteousness Can Sneak Up On Us

Self-righteousness Humility Humor

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-02-24

Scripture: Luke 18:10 ; Philippians 2:3

Author: Kent Crockett
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The Fatal Flaws of Legalism

Legalism Self-righteousness Judging

Contributed By: Fred Gates | Date Posted: 2013-04-09

Scripture: Matthew 22:36

Author: Joseph Stowell
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Playing Jesus

Self-righteousness Glorify God Humility

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-04-05

Scripture: Romans 8:29 ; 1 Corinthians 11:1

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