Read With Caution

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Read With Caution

One of the great things about social media I appreciate is the platform it provides to discover new authors and books. I enjoy reading people’s quotes, recommendations and what they are learning. However, biblical discipleship requires that we steward our knowledge/learning and be vigilant about the teachers we sit under. How many times do you research the author recommended to make sure they consistently speak from a position of orthodoxy? What is their teaching on critical issues of concern in the Church today? I have seen many led astray because they did not exercise diligence in scrutinizing an author and his/her work. Just because someone is published, academically acclaimed and/or has a platform does not mean they are representing truth or the heart of the gospel.

Be responsible and evaluate a teacher’s work. Scripture tells us they are held to a higher level of accountability because of their position. I have talked with people who regularly engage with authors who are doctrinally compromised and rationalize it with “I just eat the straw and spit out the sticks.” Yet, scripture tells us that when it comes to false teachers, we are not to even go up to the trough.

No, I am not advocating a closed-minded approach to education that embraces judgmental censorship. I realize we must become aware of differing perspectives to be informed in our apologetic or to be aware of the culture. But ask yourself, “Is my intent to learn or to be informed?” Be aware of your end goal and proceed with caution and accountability. We should never think that we can’t be led astray. That is the epitome of intellectual arrogance and pride. You have a limited amount of time to learn. Invest it wisely.

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I'm Tired . . .

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I'm Tired . . .

I consider Facebook a wonderful tool that helps me to stay current with various friends and past acquaintances. However, there are times I am grieved to witness friends and previous colleagues make choices that contradict God’s Word, will, and plan. Today has been one of those times. I have become fatigued with the tiresome concepts of dialogue, meta narratives, generous spaciousness, and pseudo-intellects who rally the cry to always question church tradition (which often implies orthodoxy) and berate the world of evangelicalism. I am weary of those who arrogantly proclaim that they have a new enlightenment of Scripture and that previous church fathers, considered pillars of the Faith, were inept in their understanding.

I grieve over those that say in today’s age to desire a sound apologetic is more about my desire to be right than to be loving. But, I ask, isn’t the pursuit of competently and compassionately presenting God’s truth the most loving thing one can do in this world? I will not behave as I’ve witnessed others by playing the “angry prophet” or interacting in a way that reeks of arrogance and self-righteous indignation. (There are those I have refused to partner with for this very reason.) Nor will I join the cheer in celebrating one’s bad choice to be perceived as loving and supporting.

Of course, I am not suggesting that we refrain from thinking and pursuing deeper understandings of culture, Scripture, and humanity. We, as Christians, are called to be thinkers and pursuers of knowledge, understanding, and wisdom. But the attitude of our minds must be tempered with the redemptive grace and truth of the Gospel. Not our self-driven agendas that seek to justify for our sinful pride or fleshly desire.

Stewardship of our thinking and orthodox interpretation of Scripture is, what I believe, the most critical aspect of a believer’s walk. I have watched false teaching and misinterpretation lead many I’ve known to false assurance and certain peril. We each are responsible to hold dear the foundational truths of God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Church, Sin, Salvation, and the Cross. The pursuit of absolute truth is not elitism as some would say, rather it is an essential virtue in an authentic relationship with Christ.

“For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.” – Ephesians 4:3-4

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Should Christians Confess?

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Should Christians Confess?

“Christians are not required to confess their sins to God in order to be forgiven, we already are forgiven when we put our faith in Christ for our salvation. There is no Biblical basis for believers to confess sins to God for forgiveness. To each other for healing, yes; but not to God for forgiveness.” – Clark Whitten, “Pure Grace”

The internet has become a sea of white noise when it comes to debating various doctrinal positions and everyone seems to have an opinion. I realize this post would be no exception. However, every so often certain statements cross my path that I find troubling, misguiding or just plain false teaching. This would be one of those statements.

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The Grace and Truth Controversy

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The Grace and Truth Controversy

I am one of those weird people that like school and I always want to be a life-long learner.  When it comes to studying Scripture, my hope is to attain a posture of humility knowing that there are depths of understanding that I have not reached.  With this being said, some topics are complex and challenging to understand but there are still foundational concepts we should seek to comprehend.  The controversy of “balance” in grace and truth is one of those concepts. 

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