Respect authority

A mark of the false teacher is the lack of respect toward authority. The rebellious person must destroy the established authority in order to impose himself upon others.

… who despise authority. Brazen and insolent, they are not afraid to insult the glorious ones, yet even angels, who are much more powerful, do not bring a slanderous judgment against them before the Lord.
2 Peter 2:10b-11 NET Continue reading

ReasonThe arguments say that it’s just theory on the part of those who insist on the biblical pattern. The church needs to be renewed, according to these explanations, and not restored to the model of the New Testament. Church renewal means abandoning the teaching received from God’s messengers and adopting new lines of thought. It seems to make sense.

I say this so that no one will deceive you through arguments that sound reasonable.
Colossians 2:4 NET Continue reading

sound doctrine

Do you let just anybody in your house? Do you allow the thief and rabble-rouser to disturb your peace? Don’t we install locks and alarms to keep out the people who would harm us? And what about the church?

Watch out, so that you do not lose the things we have worked for, but receive a full reward.
2 John 8 NET

The main verb here is literally “to see.” Look! This subject requires full attention, in order that it may be dealt with properly. Continue reading

I’m glad there are brothers out there who are meeting this nonsense head-on. I’m not saying we should all ignore these crazies. But my SOP is to ignore the specific dates set and not give any attention to the false prophets. Here’s why:

  1. They’re inevitably and obviously wrong, so much so their pronouncements are a non-event.
  2. Those who listen to them, won’t listen to me, now. After the date, maybe they’ll listen.
  3. The media play these charlatans up in order to make fun of religion generally and make it out to be a bunch of idiots.

Earlier, on the Christian Hub and, today, on The Fellowship Room (I keep wanting to say in TFR), I highlight George Jensen’s timely warning about supporting unworthy works. George names one of those unworthy works as an example of his point. In another example, he refrains from naming. I suppose he thought one example was sufficient.

George is right to name names. The problem of dishonest, unscrupulous, or (note I said, or) compromising missionaries is serious and widespread enough to warrant attention on the part of overseeing and supporting churches.

I have not done what George just did, name names. From what I know of him (I’ve not had the pleasure to meet him and Joy personally), George is not a heretic detector. He and I both have other, better things to do. But there are moments when it’s appropriate to mention, as Paul did in his letters, people and efforts who damage the work on the field. Continue reading