So it’s been yet another interesting week in the ole blogosphere. I am not writing to become famous, or because I have some big dream, or because God told me to do this. I promise to anyone reading this that I write to lead women to the Truth of God, mostly through the Truth of Scripture.
Oh, and sometimes I share recipes and homeschooling tips. Because, homeschooling stay at home mom.
However…sometime telling the Truth involves calling out the lies that others are very, very fond of and hold onto for dear life. I don’t enjoy knowing that I am revealing to people that they have had the wool pulled over their eyes. In the same way that sin grieves me, watching women fall prey to false teachers grieves me, deeply. I don’t want anyone to be led astray, or to not have a saving knowledge of Jesus. But when I tell people the truth, it hurts them sometimes. I Corinthians 1:8 says, “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us being saved it is the power of God” (NKJV). I have had to remind myself multiple times this week that if people are angry with the Truth, they aren’t angry with me; they are angry with God speaking His Word of Truth.
I read this article this week about the Matthew 18 principle. Oftentimes people publicly call out bloggers or authors or preachers to confront false teacher privately, and they use Matthew 18:15-20 as their reasoning (ironic, no?). Except…these verses deal with private sin within the context of individual believers in a local church. If someone who claims to be a public figure makes public statements in a public arena, they are open to critique. There is no reason for someone like a blogger to try and contact them personally, especially if the message they are sharing is consistent (and consistently anti-biblical).
Since I opened that door this week, I’ll just stick this here. Pirate Christian Radio put together a list about six months ago of verses that address false teachers. You’ve probably not ever heard them preached, unless you belong to a church that believes in expository preaching. But it’s a handy list to have on hand, especially if you’re trying to discern if someone is false teacher, wolf, false prophet, etc. etc.
And again, lest anyone think I entered into this blogging thing haphazardly or without much prayer and thought, I did not. There are almost seven years’ worth of archives to be searched and read. It may seem like I popped up out of nowhere, but I have been writing – and writing about Scripture and theology – for a long, long time. I love what Elizabeth Prata has to say this week over at The End Time as she gives advice to Christian women who are online. I recently started with Twitter, and I love the camaraderie I have found with fellow female bloggers, but trying to balance writing here more often, writing at Satisfaction Through Christ, keeping up on Twitter, keeping up with the Facebook page for this…it’s a lot. And my constant prayer is that God is honored and glorified, and that women learn about God’s Word and God’s Truth…not that I somehow become famous.
Speaking of famous, there are a lot of famous “Christians” out there who preach the prosperity gospel, and that is pretty easily spotted. But this article by Erik Raymond is spot-on about how modern evangelicalism has allowed a less-recognized version of this to creep into American Christianity and poison it. I especially love the last line: “we need to be awakened by the theology of the cross.”
I love what Michelle Lesley had to say about women teaching “under the authority of men.” This is something I have struggled with in the past, and as I lead a devotional time at our church food pantry, this article caused me to really stop and reconsider if I should be doing that. (I’ll let you know!!)
I just really liked reading these Ten Christian Cliches We Should Stop Using. All I have to say about these is, Amen!
And on Monday, Beautiful Thing launches. I. Cannot. Wait!!! Be sure to check her out: it’s going to be fabulous, ladies!!!