No matter how much love and humility Bereans have, they tend to take a lot of arrows from their own when contending.
Many times when those who stand firm in God’s Word as truth are told they have a critical spirit, it is because we have stepped on the tender toes of a teacher that is teaching the opposite of what biblical Christianity teaches. We are told that they are humble people with good hearts, and we need to stop bashing them.
May I suggest that these well-meaning scolders are possibly venting at the wrong people? The real dividers in the Church can be found in Romans 16:17, Acts 15:1-5, Philippians 3:2, and 1 John 2:19.
Many have bought into the truth-be-damned, politically-correct view that it is disgusting and divisive to hold up unsound teaching to the light of Scripture. But in doing so, these well-meaning folks who yearn for unity are hanging up a welcome sign for all sorts of doctrines of demons.
Leftist emergent Christians continue to lift up those who have departed from truth because they want to be seen as loving, and they want the rest of us to pipe down in front of those who do not know or care to know Christ. As if somehow the warnings about wolves from those faithfully contending will chase the unsaved away from the salvation that was just about within their grasp – but we ruined it.
It seems like forever ago when Rob Bell was one of those anointed ones you weren’t supposed to touch. Remember when people were called haters for questioning him? “At least Rob Bell thinks outside the box,” they scolded, not bothering to count the cost of going outside the box of Scripture at the expense of the flock. Those who bravely tried to warn that Bell was a wolf in sheep’s clothing who has deceived many young people into the very hell he denies were taken to the woodshed. Many of their ministry leaders who stubbornly refused to acknowledge the red flags never did apologize to their people or repent of not protecting those dear ones entrusted to them. We’re seeing the fruit of that pride today.
Yes, Rob Bell has long gone the way of apostasy, and most of the visible Church knows it by now. The truth is, many of Bell’s followers no longer follow the Jesus of the Scripture, but one of their own making.
He no longer has such sharp teeth. Oh, he’s still a wolf, but one that is easy to spot and avoid.
There remain many more wolves circling the sheep pen. They are not as easy to spot as Bell was; they are humble, they are respected, and if there were problems with their doctrines then surely the flock would be able to chew on the meat and spit out the bones, right?
There remain many more scolders who rebuke those trying to do what the scolders won’t: Protect the flock from danger, at the risk of losing their friends and their churches.
Let’s learn from history, and stop snuggling up to the wolves. There are no bones in the pure truth of Scripture. Let’s listen to those with the red flags, and investigate their reports with an open Bible. And most importantly, Let’s fiercely protect our dear brothers and sisters from the dreadful jaws of deception.
Originally posted at Pirate Christian Media
I really, really, really, really like this article. But, I wonder if you meant what I think it means to not snuggle up to the wolves? Hmm?
let not speak in code, there are many touchy feely christians that are trying to be relevant in the world by having the word take a different less offensive message to the world. Very disheartening…………Stand up and fight for your faith people!!!
Bereans will never win any popularity contests. They will always be maligned, ridiculed, and hated (“If the world you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you”-John 15:18), It may not be so much for the fact that they are faithfully exposing error in the teachings of hirelings and frauds (for the frauds cannot understand the Scriptures-Matt. 13:11-18), but the fact that they perceive the exposing of their folly as an attack against them personally. You can pretty much tell you are dealing with a charlatan when the Scriptures you may cite fall on deaf ears.
To be an effective Berean it is necessary to know the Word, and most especially the God that the Word speaks of. Sadly, both are in short supply today. A Berean must know what is RIGHT before he can determine the validity of everything else. The study of the Word of God must be foremost in the heart and mind. How much time and energy is devoted to the study of the Word has a direct relation to the effectiveness in exposing the evils of our day (Eph.5:11). Ask yourself ‘how many Attributes of God can I name?’ If the answer is one, or three, or seven, then you’ve got your work cut out for you-dare I say there are at least two dozen and counting (A W Pink’s “The Attributes of God” is a great place to start, but by no means should it supplant one’s own search for our Lord’ Attributes throughout Scripture).
There’s only one way to be an effective Berean and that is by study (2 Tim. 2:15) and exercise (Heb. 5:12-14). If you really want to be a Berean then prepare yourself for the cesspool of today’s religious elite. You will find yourself standing alone (except for the Lord at your side) many times. Temptations to capitulate to the words and desires of wicked men will seem to overwhelm you, friends will vacate, sometimes even family members. Many have entered the realm of “discernment” and treat it as some sort of play thing, a hobby, not knowing that the underlying cause is a thirst for an ego trip, those soon find some else to do. Some have made it their life’s work and are dependent on their “ministry” as their livelihood (someone please find that on in the Bible). Then there are the few that take this thing seriously, beat their head against a brick wall constantly in the hope that a few will have their eyes opened to the truth—and be saved. Such are prone to getting a good old fashioned case of the “Elijah Syndrome” (1 Kings 19:1-18) from time to time and have a ‘pity party’ for themselves only to be graciously reminded Who their God is and that He is ALWAYS in charge.
Yes, Amy, “I get it” and thank you for writing this.
Matt. 5:6 and James 1:5