Paul, Jude, John, Peter, and other apostles were able to earnestly and assertively debate false teachers, because they were knowledgeable of the Scriptures and were imbued by the Holy Spirit. They were commanded by GOD to debate and expose them.
Most don’t realize that we are commanded to do the same, However, many authors and theologians today feel they would be insensitive, intolerant, or unloving if they spoke the Truth as the Apostles did. In other words, they presume to know better than the Apostles.
Is there any inspiration, infallibility, or reliability in men’s quotes or books? Do men’s opinions really matter as they are promoted behind pulpits, mics, pens, and video cameras across this land? Aren’t all the men and women you know imperfect?
“Yes”, all the people I know are imperfect and “no”, their opinions are not inspired, inerrant, or infallible. On the other hand, the Holy Bible’s words are completely inerrant, infallible, and inspired by GOD, and so it behooves us to know the Word and to allow the Spirit to lead us into all Truth rather than depending upon emotions, or the latest trends, attitudes or theological quotes for our direction. Love is not a human emotion, but it is an actual choice and quality of a person as described by the Apostle Paul in I Corinthians 13. Love does not determine Truth, but rather Truth determines Love. Love is not subjective and dependent upon how humans define Love, but rather Love depends solely upon Truth for its direction just as a blind person depends upon a walking cane, dog, or another person for guidance. If we rely upon our own senses or thoughts for how to Love, we will soon find ourselves to be blind leaders of the blind who all fall into the ditch together, and perhaps an Abyss, if we’re not being led by Truth.
Most pastors and people who claim to be nominally ‘Christian’ today seem incapable of knowing Truth, defending it, or exposing those who pervert it. Why? I believe they are being led by emotions, peer pressure, and traditions instead of Truth – namely, the Truth of GOD’s Word. Christ stated to those who opposed Him that it was due to their lack of two essential aspects of the Christian life that they were theologically errant: knowledge of Scripture and empowerment by the Spirit.
Did GOD command you to read your favorite minister’s or ministry’s thoughts or to read devotional stories from your favorite pastors or Christian authors?
Did He say to read the latest Christian magazines or novels or pop authors? Did He command you to be involved in ALL of the activities at your local congregation? Is that one of His imperatives?
Did He command us to mindlessly conform to others at our congregation like so many clones and to “just get along”? Or did He tell us to be conformed to the image of His Son by being transformed by His Word and Spirit?
Did He command pastors to give nice priestly lectures from the pulpit or did He say to proclaim the Word from the pulpit continuously, both in season and out of season?
Did the Word of the Almighty Father say to simply encourage and be kind to others or did He say to rebuke and correct error and false doctrine, and to publicly expose and mark those who are propagating such error? Is love a mushy, sentimental feeling? Or an avoidance of confrontation or conflict?
Or is it rather an obedience to Christ’s commands which include rebuking others, striving or contending with others in defense of Truth, standing against traditions of men and doing right even when nobody else does?
“Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints” – Jude 1:3
“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:” – 1 Peter 3:15
“‘Hear a word of Jehovah, sons of Israel, For a strife is to Jehovah with inhabitants of the land, For there is no truth, nor kindness, Nor knowledge of God, in the land,'” – Hosea 4:1
“Jesus replied, “Your mistake is that you don’t know the Scriptures, and you don’t know the power of God.” – Matthew 22:29
“And I call upon you, brethren, to mark those who are causing the divisions and the stumbling-blocks, contrary to the teaching that you did learn, and turn you away from them” – Romans 16:17
What of those who say that you are not loving if you speak out against sin, heresy, and false teachers?
Let’s listen to the Father Himself address this question through His Words that He delivered to His Servant and Apostle John.
“And this is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, that you should walk in it. For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the anti-christ. Watch yourselves, that you do not lose what we have accomplished, but that you may receive a full reward. Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house, and do not give him a greeting; for the one who gives him a greeting participates in his evil deeds.” – 2 John 1:6-11