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There are many that look with disdain on those who publicly defend the Christian faith. For whatever reason, they have been convinced that we should not have a say about anything. What if the early Church had taken their advice?
We would not have any Christianity today. It would be so watered down and changed it would be just vestiges of a shell. Well that is exactly where we are heading to unless we take some hard stands and turn things around. We live in
an age where being politically correct is the accepted way. Tolerance is the optimum condition for the
masses as it stops any decisive thinking. It appears this tolerance has been adopted into the Church where we now have the
"spiritually correct," those who have
no stands on anything-- except those who have one.
Today much is reversed, those who notice and point out the wrong that are guilty and not those who teach the wrong. Scriptures says "Woe to those who call light darkness and darkness light."
The Bible is clear --we are encouraged to examine and discern, decide and to speak if necessary to save others from sin, bondage and even eternal condemnation.
That is our heart, to help those headed for destruction.
So why do this? Because souls are at stake; their eternal destiny can be turned around by someone who has enough chutzpah to speak out. They should not be silenced. We believe those who claim to be "Christian" should be open to
discuss things, even to be scrutinized and questioned on what they teach. True Christians are not insecure in their beliefs - they should be always ready to give an answer to anyone who challenges their faith as1 Peter 3:15 states, "...Always be prepared to
make a defense to any one who calls you to account for the hope that is in you, yet do it with gentleness and reverence."
This is more for non Christians, however there are times when Titus 1:9 is
necessary " holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may
be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict."
This is done to help. but Paul says there also comes a time “Now
I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the
doctrine which you learned, and avoid them” (Rom. 16:17).
Being on the receiving end of those who have been challenged, we have not seen much gentleness and reverence
from the critics! They mostly do not deal with the facts nor the Scripture. We have not condemned anyone but we
who are called Pharisee's, blasphemers, ungodly,
slanderers and any other name people can think of. All because we have taken the
time to examine their teaching in light of the Scripture and seen it false.
Before you join the crowd of "naysayers" you need to look at the history of your church, organization, persons or movement you are involved in. We have and have
painstakingly taken the time to record as accurately as possible what is being
CONSISTENTLY taught. We harbor no hatred towards those who teach these unbiblical doctrines nor the people involved. But we want to give the other side of the story that most people have not known,
for whatever reason it has been hidden from them. We think it is fair and
prudent to do so. Proverbs
14:15 says, "Only simpletons
believe everything they are told! The prudent carefully consider their
steps." It is a rare person who is willing to seek answers on correct
Biblical interpretation and not accept the status quo
I hear Matthew 18 being quoted to prove we have not done this biblically. People say "If you haven't spoken to the person you can't say anything about them"
False doctrine is not the subject of Matthew 18,
this Scripture applies to personal trespasses and offenses, not to doctrinal problems.
It is to iron out relationships. In most cases there has
been no personal offense (it is the body of Christ that is offended). We do not know these people personally.
Those who have public ministries influencing large audiences by their
books, radio and television, are to be responsible for what they say.
It is because they often have national TV ministries they are not easily
approached. This should not hinder one from speaking up. We already know that the
majority of these ministers do not respond to any letters or calls when they are being
asked to answer. Yet we have taken the time to write to a few of them and it was
not a surprise to have no response. Those who are publicly well known ignore inquiries that are questioning
their teachings. Let me give a practical example on this. If you knew someone was constructing a building
and found proof that they were cutting corners and using 2nd rate material and the structure of the building
could be hazardous, would you actually go to that person who you know
is doing this to confront them? What if you did try to contact them and that person refused to do something about it? You
would have no choice but to go public. This is exactly what is happening. Many
ministries have voiced there frustration in trying to contact the promoters
of heresy inside the chruch.
that is taught publicly is no a private matter and is to be dealt with publicly
because it was spread publicly.
If someone states something that is false publicly that is able to affect
thousands or millions of people it would be utter neglect and a sin to sit by and
say nothing. Discernment and watchmen ministries have no choice but to make a statement publicly. The fact is we do not have to approach these ministries each and every time
when they already have a track
record of not answering. If they are in error and we
try to reach them for correction, if they do not
receive it is necessary to take it to the church. It is because of a response
to peoples inquiries that this is done.
Whether you stand with us or not, it doesn't matter. Of course I'd rather see more people stand on the side
of truth and be vocal in these perilous times, but it matters not. If I was the only one left (thank God I know I'm not) I would be doing
this still. If you read the letters
and met the people that some of us have, you would realize how many lives are being ruined and devastated
by these false teachers, false prophets and cults. You too would be moved to tears and may want to do something
about it. It's a matter
of conviction to what the Word of God says.
We are open to dialogue, as I and others try to meet with many of the leaders and pastors of these
churches and cults.
Many letters have also been sent with no response back. The point is that people do not care to enter into a
dialogue on what they perceive would be a
challenge to what they believe. Some have, and I commend them for this. We may still disagree but at least an
effort to dialogue and change was attempted.
I'd like to give an example of this, recently I had met with a representative of
a Church we list as a cult when he was passing through Hawaii. We opened the Bible
and had a peaceful yet passionate disagreement on the main issues that he and I felt were pertinent to the Gospel
and the nature of God. We left as friends (at least I think we did) but we still disagreed. I do not wish ill on him and I hope he does not for me.
Paul commended the Berean's for checking the Scriptures daily on what he was saying. Sadly this is forbidden in some circles. In certain cults one is kicked out when they start asking questions, sometimes it can be no different in the Church.
At this point in history where most would agree the Lord is coming soon we should all be willing to make sure what the Bible says and see if we are following man or
God. A mans interpretation of what it says, or what it actually states.
We are to be obeying the command of not having anything to do with the unfruitful works of darkness but expose them. The point is to rescue people so they may know truth and can have a true relationship with
I leave you with this 2 Corinthians 13:8 "For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for it." I hope that you will agree that the truth will remain after all is said and done, what is done in and for the truth will last for eternity.