The Beginning of the Werewolf Legend 1591
The legend of the Werewolf (wolfman) began long before Universals movie, The Wolf Man (December 12, 1941). The first recorded Werewolf sighting took place around the countryside of the German town of Cologne and Bedburg in 1591. A few people cornered a large wolf and set their dogs upon it. They started to pierce it with sharp sticks and spears. Surprisingly the ferocious wolf turned out to be a middle-aged man, Peter Stubbe, from the same village. Stubbe was put on a torture wheel where he confessed to sixteen murders including two pregnant women and thirteen children.
The words of Stubbe’s trial and execution spread across the lands in no time. His brutality, and savagery were beyond human comprehension and was related with the behavior of a wolf. People started to believe that such individuals with the shadow of wolves were living among them. They named them Werewolves.
The Beast Within Us All Proverbs 25:28, James 1:13-15
Stubbe’s downfall began at age 12 when he began playing with the occult. His growing fascination with evil and his lack of exercising self-control over his fantasy life led to his uncontrolled actions. Stubbe was never a “wolfman”, he was a man who lost control of his mind because he never exercised self-control. When we allow God to govern our actions He constrains the beast within us. Without God, we too are capable of unspeakable evil.
Proverbs compares a man without self-control to the broken down walls of a city. Ancient cites were both walled and fortified. Without walls a city had no protection from its enemies. In the same way, when we do not exercise self-control we have no protection from the evil desires which wage war on our soul. None of us can blame the full moon, wolf bane, or even a “hairy situation” for our beastly (sinful) actions. The Bible is clear in its letter from James when it says “each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed.” When we entertain our evil desires (exercising no self-control) that is when they give birth to sin. Passing thoughts will come and go, but entertaining them is what stirs up the beast within.
Animal Appetite 2 Corinthians 10:3-6, 1 Peter 2:11-12,16-17, Ephesians 5:13-17, 6:10-13a, 2 Timothy 3:1-5
There is no way to kill your animal appetite for sin without exerting self-control, but if you will recall our first lesson in this series (The Beast Within and Without) on Romans 7:24-25, there is a constant struggle with our sin nature. This is why we need to give our self to God. Now it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me! (Galatians 2:20) God-Control is better than self-control!
As we draw close to God, He draws closer to us. We become “free men” from our animal instincts. With super-natural help we can take our thoughts captive as The Holy Spirit directs us. And the conviction of His Holy Spirit punishes those wrong thoughts inside of our mind before they creep out. Therefore, our active relationship with God keeps the beast within us caged. When we are actively pursuing God we abstain from sinful desires. When we use our freedom in Christ as a covering for our sin (“well, nobody’s perfect.”) we are in very dangerous territory. Ephesians 5:15-16
We live in a time where monsters roam free. Many wear a mask of godliness but do not exercise God-control. God’s word says to” Have nothing to do with these people” or we are bound to fall with them. After all, You wouldn’t hang out with a werewolf would you?