Glad you asked. If they are biblically accurate then you ought to pay attention to them. I do not want anyone to pay attention to the weight of my ministry -- just the weight of Scripture. The Bible says to take heed if you think you are standing, lest you fall. It is not about me. It is about Him and His Word. The Southern Baptist Convention just had Ronnie Floyd as their President and he preaches that if you do not tithe the first ten percent of your gross income then God will curse the remaining 90 percent. Seriously. I do not care that he is part of the SBC because his teaching is egregiously false and he needs to marked as such because the Bible tells us to! Dr. Wood has moved the AG into bed with the likes of Bill Johnson, Reinhard Bonnke, Roma Downey and Donald Trump so forgive me if I am not lending a lot of weight to that name drop either. Notice the pattern of difference beloved? Dr. Brown is impressed by men and what they accomplish but a true discernment minister is only concerned with biblical truth. When writing last week about possible future persecution coming to America Wood said it would be in the form of congregants no longer being able to deduct charitable giving on the taxes. Why should I care what people think his standing is after that?
"God works through His Body, and He appoints different people to different tasks, and those people function in relation to one another, for the health of the Church (see, e.g., 1 Corinthians 12). How can I know if an anonymous entity has been called to a certain task -- one that claims to be an authority to rebuke other leaders -- when I have no idea who that entity is within the Church?" -- Dr. Michael Brown
It seems that Dr. Brown is confusing the body of Christ with a literal church building. How do we know if someone is called to what they are doing? Whether or not they are true to Scripture of course. That is our plumb line for everything. It seems as if Dr. Brown wants a pastoral letter before he is willing to see if the Bible lines up with a given teaching. Sorry, it does not work like that. Let me conclude with one last snippet:
"Of course, there are some very public "discernment" ministries with which I take issue too, and when they have my personal contact info and an open door to communicate with me and choose to attack me in public rather than write to me first, or when they post falsehoods about me and refuse to correct them, even when presented with the truth, I lose respect for them as well." -- Dr. Michael Brown
I can only speak for myself, and it seems that Amy Spreeman has similar testimonies about dealing with Dr. Brown. He is incredibly intelligent and learned. I love his personal testimony. He has taken on many cultural wars on the right side. I do not view him as I view the people he supports. At the end of the day however it does not matter because he chooses to support them. Who we choose to lend our credibility to matters to the people who see us and listen to us. That was my point to Dr. Brown when we spoke on his radio program following his appearance on Benny Hinn. It no longer matters that you speak multiple languages and write impressive biblical tomes. You have now shared that with an utter charlatan. Someone who spends his life leading people to hell. People are under no biblical obligation to address with a false teacher in private what they have taught in public. NONE. The Matthew 18 verses are about if someone sins against you personally. Titus 1:9 defines our responsibility regarding false teachers. I do agree with Dr. Brown that true discernment should not be anonymous but that was not the true point of his article. He admits that here at the end by saying he has problems with public ministries too. He can claim it is because they did not come to him privately but let's be fair. These criticisms are not new to Dr. Brown. He has been accused of the same exact issues for over a decade now. Since Brownsville probably. Has he repented? Changed his view on Charismatic hucksters? No beloved. He continues to double and triple down on them. Benny Hinn? Bill Johnson? It doesn't matter. Dr. Michael Brown has never met a heretic he could not excuse. It gives me no personal joy to say so but our responsibility is to the sheep, not the wolves.
Reverend Anthony Wade -- October 29, 3016