Friday, April 12, 2013

Calling out False Teachers

Bold.  And no doubt, this will stir much controversy.  What I wonder is this, why are we so afraid to do the very things the Bible says we MUST DO? Over and over in the bible we see the challenge and the threat that false teachers are to the church and the reproach they bring to the Gospel. 

And for those who are concerned with someone actually naming names and "calling out" these false teachers, I have no problem with it.  Paula White's son protested greatly, claiming that, "The Bible instructs us Christians how to handle faults in Matthew 18:15-17 telling us to go to one another with our grievances. Instead you have chose to air your grievances to an audience that will already agree with you."

Sorry Brad.  Bad exegesis.  Shai Linne should've gone to each person privately he notes in this song if their offenses were personal and private to him.  But they are not.  They are very public teachings that they have spread via all forms of media all over the world.  As they have taught falsely publicly, so in truth should they be called out publicly.

Consider the example of Paul calling out Peter in Galatians 2:14:

But when I saw that their conduct was not in step with the truth of the gospel, I said to Peter before them all, "If you, though a Jew, live like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you force the Gentiles to live like Jews?"

It was Paul's love for God, commitment to the truth, and desire to see people live rightly that compelled him to do this.  I suspect Shai Linne had similar motivations.

So good job, Shai.  Bold. Necessary. Biblical.

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