I was just sitting here taking a break from the work I should be doing, and I found myself thinking about some of the comments I have been seeing lately. I moderate my comments and so sometimes I will get one that I want to respond to, and I will wait to publish it so I can pray about what to say. This guy last night, left a comment that I will publish soon, saying that he has been a Christian 13 years. He goes to Calvary Chapel Golden Springs. His “last name” is Whosoever.
He says to me that I have “pure hatred for something I don’t understand.”
He writes about a lot of good things he sees going on in his church. He never explains away or debunks the things I write about, he just tells me that I don’t understand them. He concludes with, “In closing I wanna say I have gone out into the streets with Ryan, Sonny and the Whosoevers crowd to preach to the lost, to feed them, to give them bibles, to pray with them, to SAVE them from the worldly life they life. I have first hand experience with how many lives this has changed and it’s beyond belief and brings me to tears. The power of the Holy Spirit is leading the way. So while you sit at home writing blogs about HATE and things you don’t understand, me and the Whosoevers will be out in the world, bringing the lost to Christ one by one.”
I was telling my husband last night that it never ceases to amaze me how people read facts about a ministry that they are involved in, and then they choose to list all the wonderful things about the ministry. As if our faith is measured, like scales in a balance, and as long as the good outweighs the bad we should just shut up. But when we read Revelation 2-3, we see Jesus speak both commendation and critique to the churches. Even the good churches had things they needed to work on and fix! That is okay. Just because they had done good things, didn’t mean they didn’t make mistakes!!!
It is this cognitive dissonance, where we can’t believe an organization we trust could let us down. Our brains can’t handle the disappointment. I get it. I have been there. I have defended people that I didn’t need to defend too.
Another thing that strikes me is the anger and accusation that I have hate. Am I angry about the filth creeping in? of course. Do I hate these people? If I did, why would I cry and pray for them?
The final thing that confuses me is how so many people read my blog and think I am someone who does not approve of evangelizing people in sinful lifestyles. When that is exactly what I care MOST about. Yes, we need to love druggies, inmates, victims of abuse, prostitutes, victims of sex trafficking, the gay community, the broken. People assume I don’t like people with tattoos, never even thinking that they have NO IDEA what I look like. They assume I am Amish. The truth is, I have a deep love and a deep burden to share the love of Jesus Christ, with people who are deeply involved in sin!!! ❤ Every TRUE Christian does. The Whosoevers do not corner the market on sinners.
And they assume I don’t DO these things. I guess if you have a blog, people think that you are not in ministry, or that you don’t evangelize or stand in the trenches.
I am in the trenches.
I also understand the Whosoevers. I have plenty of Facebook and real life friends whose “last name” is Whosoever.
I see plenty of people want to contend with me, and that is fine. I am fallible just like everyone else, but they don’t have the same zeal to contend for the Scriptures!!!
Where is the legitimate outrage that the FAITH is being compromised?
“Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.” Jude 3
He begins with the word “Beloved”– which is the Greek word agapetos. This is the same word that the Father used to speak of His Son Jesus, when our Lord was baptized. This is the ultimate word for affection.
But then he says to contend for the faith. So why do Christians see someone contending and think it is hate?
Jude said that we should earnestly contend for the faith.
Let us look at synonyms for these words “earnestly contend”–
We are to zealously fight, passionately battle, we are to grapple with all our strength. We are to confidently and fearlessly go head to head with those who would compromise or alter the truth of our faith.
Where is this in the church?
Why is our allegiance to our church leadership and not our actual LEADER?
Who died for you? Are you this carnal?
Your allegiance has to be above all else to your God. To His Word.
Why do we compromise his word for the sake of fallible humans?
Jude wrote “with all diligence” and his letter echoed much of what Peter wrote in 2 Peter.
What is this faith that we are contending for? It is the faith of our salvation. You guys this is the truth of the Gospel message that saves me and you and the prostitute and the druggie and the Korn fan and all of us. We all stand before the Lord fallen, and the CROSS of Jesus Christ is our only hope.
The faith that we are contending for says– “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
(Sidenote-I am not a legalist as many people have accused me. I do not think you need to keep the law for salvation. I do believe you are saved by faith, and that once saved you are a new creation, filled with the Holy Spirit, being sanctified and growing in holiness, not perfect, but abiding in His love and producing fruit of the Spirit. I do not add rules to the gospel. I just believe Christians should agree with Scripture that teaches us to pursue holiness by abiding in Christ and that grace is not a licence to practice willful unrepentant sinful lifestyles)
And yet you read the New Testament and we see so many people joining churches and claiming to be saved and adding to the Gospel or altering the truth–adding to it, and diminishing from it.
Did Paul hate false teachers? He called them dogs and wished they would circumcise themselves fully!!! I don’t think Paul was a hater, neither was Peter or Jude or James or John. They just LOVED Jesus more. They were faithful to the truth of God, and that was their primary loyalty.
The Judaizers, the Nicolaitans, the Gnostics–we have them all today. Still creeping into our churches, still altering the Gospel. Still trying to think for us (and if we don’t read our Bibles we will let them do all the thinking).
But you want me to put up with them?
So why am I an enemy to you when I say warn the church that Brian Welch is a false teacher? He is. Do you invite Benny Hinn into your churches? You might as well!!!! It is the same thing.
You put Brian Welch on KWVE May 21 and he starts saying things that are from the Kabbalah. You want to put up with that, it will become your judgment then! You let a false teacher that you have been WARNED about speak on your radio program and he says that the Shekinah glory of God is the female aspect of the Holy Spirit. This is straight Kabbalah teaching, Jewish Mysticism. It is totally unbiblical, and yet Ryan Ries let it go, unchallenged. KWVE let Brian Welch basically teach everyone listening that they Holy Spirit is feminine. Which directly contradicts Scripture and Hebrew grammar, where our Bibles tell us unquestioningly that the Holy Spirit is MALE.
How could you say that I am making a big deal out of nothing? He is altering the nature of the Trinity!!! On Calvary Chapel Radio.
I sat there with my family and a friend and was so disappointed!
And no one corrected him. I think that is even worse.
When you have someone come teach people and they say something stupid, you may not have known they would say that–so it isn’t your fault. But if you don’t get up afterwards and correct it, then you are guilty.
We need to fight. I am not fighting Calvary Chapel or Brian or The Whosoevers, they belong to the Lord. I am fighting the lies and the falsehood, that will spread like leaven. My ultimate prayer is that the Lord would help these people do the right thing according to His Word. I pray they would get rid of the leaven! I would rejoice if they did.
I am contending for the truth of the Bible. God’s grace blows me away. I am not perfect. But when I fall short of the Word of God I don’t just excuse it as “no big deal.” I don’t point to all the other good things I have done. I don’t need my friends to attack the person who points out my flaw. What I need to do when I fall short of the Word of God, is to ask God to forgive me and help me fix it, and then go try and make things right. It is humbling. But it is a good witness.
I don’t expect the church to be perfect!!!! It never will be, no matter how sincere it is!!! ❤ and I will love it anyways.
I just want it to take responsibility. When it falls short of the standards of Scripture, I want it to admit it and take steps to make things right. That is all we can do as humans. It is a good witness.
Paul contended with Peter publicly, when he was being a hypocrite. It is okay to disagree, it is okay to call people out. We can survive that. Some won’t survive without it.
But when we shift our loyalties to defending imperfect people (that we love), instead of standing for Scriptural truth, we are building a house on sinking sand. If you love them, and you see that they are promoting false teachers, or false teaching–the most loving thing you could do is share the truth with them and pray that they make the right choice.
Otherwise, things will get worse– Jude says that these false teachers will turn the grace of God into lasciviousness. “For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.” v.4
But the grace of God doesn’t make us lascivious (unbridled lust, excess, licentiousness, lasciviousness, wantonness, outrageousness, shamelessness, insolence)– The grace of God teaches us to deny our lusts!!!
“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.” Titus 2:11-14
Jesus gave Himself for us (Galatians 1:4). He gave everything. He gave Himself entirely. To redeem us from our sins and to deliver us from this present evil age. The present is now. He is saving us now. No one else will give everything for you!!! And the whole book of Galatians teaches the purity of the Gospel, but it also shows a man who is so angry at people turning away to a different teaching–because they found people that seemed pretty religious, but they were adding to the truth. They were changing the truth. People thought they could do it themselves, get to God their own way, through efforts of the flesh. It was a lie.
Contend for the faith. But you need to know what you are fighting for. Get in the word. Study these epistles. Know your history. Know your Word. Know your Lord. Know that you owe your primary allegiance to Him alone.
Paul says, “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.” Galatians 1:10
We must choose who we are going to stand up for- fallible man (all of us) or the infallible Word of God.