Apprising Ministries wants you to know that due to a plethora of women in men’s pants who are in evangelical leadership it’s largely been lost that when we confront error in the church, or criticize other religions, we are simply following the perfect Example of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Master never shied away from confronting the erroneous doctrine of false religious leaders:

 “So for the sake of your tradition you have made void the word of God. You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, when he said: ‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’” 
(Matthew 15:6-9)

Jesus Christ, pure self-sacrificing love in human flesh, often expressed the righteous indignation of a Holy God. In fact, this pattern of confronting false doctrine continued on with the early church as Luke the historian tells us e.g. in his book of Acts. Space only permits me to share just a few examples.

In Acts chapter 13, as was his custom, Paul proclaimed the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews (v. 5); in this case he did so with Barnabas and John Mark, the author of the Gospel of Mark. God the Holy Spirit tells us:

When they had gone through the whole island as far as Paphos, they came upon a certain magician, a Jewish false prophet named Bar-Jesus. He was with the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, a man of intelligence, who summoned Barnabas and Saul and sought to hear the word of God.

But Elymas the magician (for that is the meaning of his name) opposed them, seeking to turn the proconsul away from the faith. (Acts 13:6-8)

You’ll notice here that Paul then had strong words of rebuke for Elymas; he didn’t worry about being politically correct or feel it necessary to worry about offending him. We’re told that the Apostle:

Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him and said, “You son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, full of all deceit and villainy, will you not stop making crooked the straight paths of the Lord?” (Acts 13:9-10)

As you can see, God the Holy Spirit takes the defense of the Gospel quite seriously, and so should we. Later in Acts we read:

But some men came down from Judea and were teaching the brothers, “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.”

And after Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and debate with them, Paul and Barnabas and some of the others were appointed to go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and the elders about this question. (Acts 15:1-2)

This doesn’t sound like they believed they needed to arrange time to have extended dialogues with such as these. They didn’t join hands with these heretics and pray to see if they could work out their respective views about the Gospel of Jesus Christ together. And this historical example is preserved by God Himself.

Yet in stark contrast to this evangelical leaders like Southern Baptist megapastor Rick Warren instead exhorts his Seeker Driven troops with tweets like this:

(Online source)

It’s as if Acts 15:1-2  has been rewritten in their man-pleasing Missional Church Planter’s Bible, the magum opus of missional/emerging (same thing) church growth marketing techniques, which is dedicated to their beloved Leadership Network who spawned them in the first place:

Some inovative emerging church planters came down from Judea and started teaching the Lord’s followers that they might not be true Christ-folllowers, unless they were circumcised as Moses might have taught. This caused lead apostle Paul and his missiologist bro Barnabas to include them in the next Explosive Growth Conference so those church planters could share how they had contextualized the gospel.

So it was decided to send Paul and Barnabas and a few other dudes to Jerusalem to have a missions conference with the apostles and the leaders in missional church network there to teach those bros how the emerging church planters were engaging the Jewish culture and bringing the church back to her Jewishness.

I’ve gone into such depth regarding this unpleasant area of the Christian faith in hopes to bring balance to a Christianity which is striving for harmony with the world system, e.g. through these Seeker Driven dupes and the Emerging Church, instead of being willing to confront evil and unbelief with the Gospel.

Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God (James 4:4)? The true servant of Christ Jesus must come to understand that non-Christian cultists and people of the world don’t need the Christian community to keep telling them the good points they have. They’re already doing that themselves.

It’s called self-ishness—sin. The world is in desperate need of real answers to real problems. The Lord Jesus Christ is the Answer, and God has the solutions to those problems in His Holy Bible. Or, don’t we even have the backbone to believe this anymore? We must share this absolute truth with those who live around us.

The Church must confront error! It must confront the evil schemes of Satan, whom the Bible calls the god of this world (cf. 2 Corinthians 4:4). The Church must be ready to make war because:

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12)

Yes, we who are Christians do serve the King of kings, the glorious Lord of lords—but our King is at war! And He has entrusted us to bring His Gospel into this world gone mad with sin; and if we don’t do it, it won’t get done! Briefly, it all boils down to this; in 2 Corinthians 11:4 we read:

For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily enough.

If we look closely here we can see at least two things. 1) There are other Jesuses, other spirits, and other gospels. And 2) There are many today among these man-centered churches within apostatizing evangelicalism making the same mistake for which the Holy Spirit was rebuking the church at Corinth.

We are not going about the defense and confirmation of the gospel (cf. Philippians 1:7); but instead are accepting false teachings because we don’t test the spirits to see whether they are from God (1 John 4:1) The doomed Church Growth Movement, in a futile attempt not to offend anyone, now offends our Lord.

Jesus commands is to test everything (1 Thessalonians 5:21). In the Spirit I tell you, the time has now come when we must take up the Bible and start testing what those who claim to teach God’s Word are giving us. We need to be like the Bereans:

Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. (Acts 17:11)

Check out for yourself what I am teaching you. If it is not in line with the Word of God, then throw it out. But if it is in the will of God—and it most certainly is—then by all means we need to act on it. And now you have the proper understanding of this part of the mission of God’s Church.

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