Yeah, no. the first time I spoke on Brown's radio show I pointed out correctly that Joseph Prince is the posterchild for the false theology of Hyper-Grace, of which Dr. Brown wrote a book! Yet he insisted that Prince just has some holes in his theology and guess what? He is just a good brother in the Lord. No he is not. He is a voracious wolf devouring the sheep and countless numbers fall through the holes in his theology and wind up in hell. So let us correct the record again with Brown's misuse of scripture. It is not false witness to correctly state what someone has preached. As for stirring up dissension, Brown leaves out this verse:
I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive. -- Romans 16:17-18 (ESV)
It is false teachers, not those who expose them that cause dissension in the body of Christ. Brown knows this but he is so compromised these days he now leverages scripture instead if citing what God actually meant by it.
"Help us champion truth, freedom, limited government and human dignity. Yes, stirring up dissension and strife among brothers and sisters is on a par with pride, lying, murder, a wicked heart and feet that run to evil. Do you feel the weight of these words? And when you realize how important unity is in God's sight -- I mean a true unity between true believers based on divine truth -- you realize how grievous hyper-criticism is in His eyes. In stark contrast, constructive criticism is life-giving and transformative. Its words are right and its spirit is right. It is Christlike in character as well as in content. Constructive criticism helps, even if it hurts. It may sting in the short term but it will soothe in the long term. It is based on truth, and it leads to life. Constructive criticism is redemptive. It reaches out. It reasons and dialogues. It is prayerful and considerate. And above all, it is redemptive. To speak the truth in love. To shut our ears to destructive criticism. And to welcome constructive criticism for the good of our souls." -- Dr. Michael Brown
Limited government? What the heck does that have to do with anything we have been discussing? Oh that's right, nothing. That is the NAR dominionist in Brown showing itself. I am glad that Brown recognizes that stirring up dissension is on par with pride, lying, murder etc, but he fails to see he is speaking about himself. I do not support Bill Johnson, Benny Hinn, Jennifer LeClaire, and Joseph Prince, all of which are causing dissension in the body through their egregious false teachings. All of which are supported and defended by Dr. Michael Brown. Unity is very important to God but only unity in doctrine:
And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, - Ephesians 4:11-13 (ESV)
Unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God. Not everyone who can spell Jesus correctly is a Christian. Brown claims unity must be based on divine truth but remember who Brown supports and defends. Now Brown pretends that he would be accepting of constructive criticism but the reality says otherwise. The first time I went on his radio show I wanted to warn him of the perils of sharing his credibility with Benny Hinn. He pretended to not know about the controversies surround Hinn's "ministry" and then proceeded to go on his show for four days. Chris Rosebrough once tried to have a rational conversation with Brown regarding Jennifer LeClaire and the sneaky squid spirit. Brown would have none of it and defended that nonsense to the full. These outreach attempts were based on truth but truth is very subjective to Dr. Brown. So we reached out and he said no. We reasoned and he said no. We dialogued and he said no. So when we thought there was hope for Dr. Brown, we did everything he is crying about and he said no. What he no longer can see is the discernment showed about him that he dismisses as hyper-criticism is not for him. It is for his listeners so that they can know the truth. It is not hyper-criticism that is Dr. Brown's problem however. It is hypocrisy.
"Destructive criticism is anything but redemptive. It has no problem defaming. It freely exaggerates. It is quick to attack, even on a personal level. It believes in guilt by association, however distant that association might be. It is quick to make judgments, relying on the flimsiest of evidence, while refusing to judge itself. How this hurts the heart of God. How this divides and confuses His sheep. How this disrupts the unity that Jesus sought to bring -- a unity that, I repeat, is based on truth. I recently devoted an entire Line of Fire broadcast to the destructive power of hyper-criticism, focusing on the sin of bearing false witness. You can watch it here. But my purpose was not to lash out, as you'll see at once. Rather, it was to call each of us to step higher. To speak the truth in love. To shut our ears to destructive criticism. And to welcome constructive criticism for the good of our souls. Are you with me?" -- Dr. Michael Brown