Like any of you, I have found the social media world to be intriguing, informative, alarming, and entertaining. It provides a forum to share the silly things in life to the more substance based ideas that find root in, mainly, politics, religion and social issues. I love a lively debate where ideas are discussed, points are made, and new information is gained.
I try to spend my time debating doctrinal and theologically based posts so as to be sharpened, and use my social media binges for some level of edification (not that cute pictures of cats isn’t edifying, but you get my point). I have a very strong passion to glorify God in all that I do, and to defend the faith against the wolves that seem to be circling the flock with vigor these days. The heresies are abundant, the false teachers are vocal, the poor theology pervasive, so when I can, I issue warnings for my brothers and sisters in Christ about these false teachers and their rank heresy (c.f. Romans 16:17, Galatians 1:6-10, 2 Peter 2:1-3). As a Bible believing Christian I feel as if this is one of the most loving things we can do for each other. Unfortunately the tables have been turned on the discerning believers on the net who are being touted as “sin sniffers” that are divisive and judgmental.
Before I go any further, I think it wise to state a few things about the intent I have in writing this. Above all, my intentions are to always exalt Christ Jesus and bring glory to God. I am also demonstrating the amount of love and concern I have for the Body of Christ when I address false teachers and to clarify why I think it is the biblical position to do so. My intentions are not to prove my superiority in intellect or bible doctrine, or to degrade someone else’s. My intentions for writing this come from a deep love and respect for the visible Church. Here we go…
A couple days ago I was sent a blog written by a Calvary Chapel home group leader entitled, “Those Eagle Eggs were a Lie Stephen“. This lady is friends with my brother on Facebook and, apparently, is upset with post’s calling false teachers and heretics out ” EVERYTHINGposted by this friend is negative – slamming someone – showing how everyone is wrong – how this pastor and that pastor are failures – how this Christian is a liar and that Christian is no good – UMMMMMMMMM – why would ANYONE want to serve your God and why on earth are you serving Him if everyone that does is so horrible?????”. The initial question that came to mind was; which god are you referring too?
Now I understand, on some minuscule level, where she is coming from in regards to someone only focusing on the discernment type of post’s, and constant negative comments, but surely she doesn’t have issue with people stating the truth about such heretics like Joel Osteen, or T.D. Jakes, right? Or does she? ” I hear about the “sins” of Joel Osteen, TD Jakes, Paula White, Jimmy Swaggart, Jim Baker, Benny Hinn – ALL DAY LONG!!!! How they’ve failed or are failing – how they are fake because they have mega churches – how there’s no way they are true and going to heaven – – – here’s what I have to say about that – Matthew 7:1-6″.
Now besides the authors complete lack of understanding about that particular passage, she also destroys most of what Paul and Jesus taught about this subject of false teachers. The “Pastors” she mentions in the above quote fit perfectly into this passage from the 1st chapter of Galatians, vv 8-10:
“But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.”
The approval of men is of no importance when it comes to the proclamation of the Gospel. This is the type of, offend-no one, mentality that is so dangerous in the contemporary church. We are being told that we need to change our methods and stop being so confrontational in order to reach the unbelieving world. That we need to change our delivery of the Gospel to make it more accommodating to the unregenerate. I wonder what Jesus would of said, ” “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.” Obviously quite the contrary. There is no secret formula in which, when applied correctly, will strengthen evangelicals. The Gospel saves, and the Gospel is offensive.
I wonder when we, as Christians, can call anyone out for teaching blasphemous messages against our Lord and Savior? At what point is it okay to take a stand for our beliefs? In what way would it be appropriate to address these blatant heretics? Was Paul’s tone too harsh, or his language too strong? These are things we are left to answer on our own when people simply make statements about tolerance but give no examples of when and how we should address said heretics. I digress…
Unfortunately the face of Christendom in North America today is the Osteen’s, Jakes and Hinns. They deny the Trinity, make promises of health and wealth, insult the Holy Spirit and teach humanism. These are atrocities that the pagan world is exposed to more than the bible believing, doctrinally sound Pastors, so these are the people me must openly rebuke. To stay silent about them would be just as bad as affirming them. We provide cover for the false teachers by turning a blind eye in the name of “love”. True love is warning people of the dangers that lie ahead, the devil luring them in with smooth words and false hope. I contend that true love is the exact opposite of what the author is preaching. To allow these wolves to operate without opposition would be a form of hate. If you love someone please tell them when they are being duped by these spiritual con men, anything less would be unbiblical.
In conclusion I have a few things to leave you with. First, please, please God over men. This is such a fundamental ideal we, as the Church, must cling to with dogmatic intensity. We must never, ever compromise on the Gospel of our risen Savior for the sake of men’s feelings. This, in my opinion, is a tragic mistake that Paul said would bring about a curse. We do not alter The Message or the method of delivery in order to “reach” more people! God saves who He saves. He is the Potter and we are the clay, does He not have the liberty to save some and not others? Of course, that is what a Sovereign being does. I appeal to you my friends, please preach the Gospel of the Bible! Please preach it with boldness! Please seek to glorify God! Please stay true to His Word! Please defend your Lord and Savior!