A Wolf In Iron Clothing (2 of 4) by Jeff Strite

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A Wolf In Iron Clothing (2 of 4)
Series: Iron Man
Jeff Strite
Acts 20:28-31

OPEN: Last week I told you I loved superheroes. And I have done extensive research for this sermon series for years. I've read superhero comic books/ watched superhero TV shows/ went to superhero Movies. I'm what you might call an "expert" in superheroes.
And one of the things about superheroes you can always count on is that they always have a super villain - an enemy who almost matches them in their abilities and skills.
• Superman has Luthor
• Batman has the Joker
• Spiderman has the Green Goblin

And those villains are fairly easy to spot.
I mean they're bad guys… they look like bad guys.

But the Bible tells us our enemy isn't so easy to spot.
When we think of our enemy - many tend to think of some guy standing around in a red suit with a tail and a pitchfork. But 2 Corinthians 11:14 tells us
"… Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light."
He looks almost righteous.
He looks almost religious.
In other words, you'll not always know he's evil by how he looks

Even false teachers don't always show up with snake oil and a handlebar mustache.
Jesus warned us in Matthew 7:15
"Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves."
They look like the flock.
They have wool just like the other sheep.

And here in our text this morning Paul warned the Elders at Ephesus that some of those wolves would show up from amongst their leadership. "Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them."

In the first Iron Man movie the villain was Stark's (the hero's) supposed friend and mentor.
Through the first part of the movie he looked like a friend, he acted like a friend, he talked like a friend. He even looked like he was protecting the hero.
But inside, he was seething with anger and rage.
Underneath, he desired to destroy the man who stood in the way of h ...

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