“Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision” (Philippians 3:2).
Beware: (Gr. Blepo): To look at, to perceive, regard, take heed
Dogs: (Gr. Kuon): Literally, A hound; Also, a euphemism used as a reproachful term designating arrogant, shameless, imprudent, malignant, contentious and dangerous men
In the age of scammers, hackers, con men of all stripes, we have to beware of the “workers of iniquity” (Matthew 7:23) within the Body of Christ, who only promote themselves for their own gain and not for the glory of God.
Jesus said, “give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet and turn again and rend you” (Matthew 7:6). It is of the utmost importance for the sake of the flock, the name of Christ, the Kingdom of God, that leaders beware, i.e., perceive, regard, and take heed to “know those who labor among you” (I Thessalonians 5:12). “Warn them that are unruly” (I Thessalonians 5:14a).
The Epistle of Jude sets forth a clear description of those dogs in our midst of whom we should beware:
“Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you and exhort you that you should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. For there are certain men, crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. . .these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities. . .these are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear, clouds they are without water, carried about of winds, trees whose fruit withers, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever” (Jude 1:3-4, 8, 12-13).
Jesus gave us this warning in the Gospel of Matthew: “Not everyone that says to Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but he that does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that Day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy Name? In Thy Name have we not cast out devils? In Thy Name done many wonderful works? Then will I profess unto them, I never knew you; depart from Me you that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:22-23).
Beware of Dogs. Take heed, perceive, look at any so-called ministry and examine the nature of their works. Not everyone that says, Lord, Lord is of the Lamb, is of the Kingdom.
The Apostle John tells us in his Book of Revelation:
“Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the Tree of Life and may enter in through the gates into the City. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loves and makes a lie” (Revelation 22:14-15).
The Prophet Isaiah prophesied concerning the watchmen and shepherds who were corrupt in his day:
“His watchmen are blind, they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark, sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber. Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand; they all look to their own way, everyone for his gain from his quarter” (Isaiah 56:10-11).
Beware of Dogs. It is the last days, the end of time. We are the church of the living God. We must purge the old leaven from among us and be a new loaf of unleavened bread, the bread of sincerity and truth (cf. I Corinthians 5:7-8). Let us keep the Feast of the Lord in honor of Him, Who is holy and true. Let us gather together with our eyes open and let us contend for the purity of the faith once delivered to the saints and proclaim Jesus to the world in the Beauty of Holiness.