This is a Christian blog dealing with various issues. “Discernment is not simply a matter of telling the difference between what is right and wrong; rather it is the difference between right and almost right.” -Charles Spurgeon. Scripture is my authority for all things regarding to life and godliness. 2 Cor. 10: 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
When A Professing Christian Gets In the Way of Evangelizing: today's anti-biblical "evangelism"
saw this on Facebook and it really struck a chord with me. A very bad chord. A
young woman addresses Todd Friel who was preaching the Gospel, on how horrible
a thing he was doing. Here are my observations.
What she was proclaiming what phariseeism. Good works = gospel=
salvation. This is Roman Catholic Liberation theology which is cursed by God
(see Gal. 1:7-9 for one example).
No silent witness
16 times “heard” or “spoken” is used i several NT passages about the
Here are some examples:
Act 4:4 But many of those who had HEARD THE WORD believed, and the number
of the men came to about five thousand.
Act 13:46 And Paul
and Barnabas spoke out boldly, saying, "It
was necessary that THE WORD OF GOD BE SPOKEN first to you. Since
you thrust it aside and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we
are turning to the Gentiles. 47 For so the Lord has commanded us, saying, "'I have
made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of
the earth.'" 44 The next Sabbath almost the whole city
gathered to HEAR THE WORD OF THE LORD.48And
when the Gentiles HEARD this,
they began rejoicing and glorifying the THE WORD OF THE LORD, and as many as
were appointed to eternal life believed. 49 And THE WORD
OF THE LORD was spreading throughout the whole region.
Act 19:10 This continued for two years, so that all the residents of
Asia HEARD THE WORD OF THE LORD, both
Jews and Greeks.
Act 24:24 After some days Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was
Jewish, and he sent for Paul and heard him SPEAK
ABOUT FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST.
Persecution for preaching the Gospel
Persecution came to Christians for preaching the risen Lord Jesus Christ, not
for silence or good works, otherwise they would not have been murdered. This
false notion of getting the world to like you so they will like Jesus is
Joh 15:18"If the
world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.19If
you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are
not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates
you.20Remember the word that I said to you: 'A servant is not greater than
his master.' If they persecuted me, they
will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep
and when they had called in the apostles,they beat them and charged them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and
let them go. 41 Then they left the presence of the
council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the
name. 42 And every day, in the temple and from house to house,they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as
But the high priest rose up, and all who were with him (that is, the
party of the Sadducees), and filled with jealousy 18 they
arrested the apostles and put them in the public prison. 19 But
during the night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them
out, and said, 20 "Go and
stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this
So he went in and out among them at Jerusalem, preaching boldly in the name of the Lord. 29 And
he spoke and disputed against the Hellenists. But they were seeking to kill
Wrong doctrine leads to a wrong Gospel and a wrong Jesus
The point missed by those who seek the world's approval of Jesus is that
they don't know the basic doctrine of Total Depravity, which shows how horrific
today's "churches" are. In rejecting or ignoring biblical doctrine it
directly affects their evangelism efforts. Romans 3 and Eph. 2 for
example, clearly and repeatedly demonstrate that all men are born sinners,
hostile toward God, therefore they are not neutral and merely need to be won
over. They are in actuality, haters of Christ Jesus.
Rom 8:7 For
the mind that is set on the flesh is
hostile to God, for it does not submit to
God's law; indeed, it cannot. 8
Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
What you win a person with is what you win them to. If you win them with a lie about a loving Jesus who doesn't really mind their sin and that they are worthy of His love, and they just need to like Him, then that's what they just might end up believing and trust in for "salvation" and then die on the hill for such an atrocity.
What angers me about this woman's blocking and judging of the preaching
of the Gospel is that 1) this IS today's "Christianity" and 2) it's
biblical Christians that end up having to deal with the fruit of this
nonsense in our local churches. It's truly a war inside
the churches because of this post-modern, satanic lie about not talking about
the biblical Jesus, just engage in social justice and if you can get people to
like you, why, they might like Jesus. This is truly blasphemy. She was sitting
in the seat of scoffers, that of the Ancient Serpent, "Hath God
said?" or in her words, "That's not how Jesus did it, I think".
Moreover, she was getting in the way of the proclamation of the Gospel, which is
exactly what Satan does.
It struck me too, that this professing Christian woman hasno idea who
the True God of Scripture is. She's ignorant yet claims to speak on HIS behalf
and on what He did/would do. She is not acquaintedwith
the Holy One of Israel at all, nor does she bother to read Scripture (hence the
bad fruit), which would definitely be a good fruit for those who truly love
Jer 6:14 They have healed the wound of my people lightly, saying, 'Peace, peace,' when there is no peace.
She wants to proclaim the love of God to the wicked and ignore their wickedness, not telling them the truth of the wrath of God that presently abides upon them as well as awaits them in eternal punishment if they don't repent.
She wants John 3:16 (as if that's the gospel) without John 3:36:
Joh 3:36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.
It's horrible that she's rebuking an older Christian man who's been
preaching the Gospel (thus, judging, rebuking, and correcting this older man on
something she doesn’t even do herself) in front of Christ haters. Really bad
form, on top of everything else.