Still another bible verse she simply does not understand. The calls to shut down discernment often center on these verses in Matthew. The problem of course is they do not mean what Anna Aquino believes they do. These verses are for when a brother or sister sins against you personally. A wolf does not sin against me personally. There is no biblical requirement for me to coddle wolves, talk to them, or try and convince them to stop being a wolf. As for the two sides argument, in what possible context is heresy acceptable? Is there a context where Anna believes it is ok to ask people for 54 million dollars for an airplane? If so, we have discovered the real problem.
'"A soft answer turns away wrath" (Prov. 15:1a). You don't have to pick a fight with everyone you disagree with. You have the choice to stop the gossip. You have the choice to comment or not. There have been times I have responded to issues and there have been times I have chosen to let it go. Be wise with your words. In all the drama we see these days, we must remember that God says, "'Vengeance is Mine. I will repay,' says the Lord" (Rom. 12:19b). It is not our job as believers to sit in our padded pews and point out all the faults of others. We need to honor men and women of God who are doing God's work. Let God deal with those people if they are off. If you haven't spent time praying about a situation, you shouldn't spend time posting about it. You need to run so fast towards what God has for you that it doesn't matter what others are doing around you. You don't have time to deeply question their motive.' -- Anna Aquino
I agree wholeheartedly that those practicing discernment should be discerning. There have been plenty of times I have chosen to not address issues because they were too petty or easily misconstrued. Even the Duplantis flap I stayed away from until I saw people mangling the bible in order to defend it. Correctly discerning what teachings and spirits are not from God is not only biblically mandated but it a higher form of love. It is not "sitting in padded pews" or "pointing out faults." Just as we need to honor those that are doing the work of the Lord we also must rebuke those that are not but claim to be. That is why the shepherd holds the rod beloved. To beat away the attacks upon the sheep. It is not about "running towards God" or whatever other silly argument she tries to make. Do the other sheep around us count at all to Anna Aquino? Why is this always about protecting the wolf? I could care less about the motives of wolves. I care about what they are teaching. Aquino concludes:
"Most people criticize what they can't control or what, deep down, makes them jealous. Your goal needs to be to do what God has put you on this earth to do. Stop looking to your right or to your left to see what everyone else is doing. You run your race and keep your eyes on Him. We will all have to stand before God one day and give an account for how we lived our lives. So instead of nitpicking at others, and cannibalizing the ones in the pews and in the ministry next to you, we need to just keep running our own races. Let's start working as a team." -- Anna Aquino
Nice try Anna but I do not wish to ride in a 54 million dollar airplane. Nor do I wish to live in a 3.5 million dollar mansion bought with the blood of the poor. I am not jealous of wolves. In many ways I feel bad for them because they have no fear of God before them and have no idea what awaits them. You are right Anna. One day we will all give account for our lives. That should not be a point of solace for you.
Beloved, unity without doctrine is no unity at all. Holding hands and singing Kumbaya may sound nice but be careful whose hand you choose to hold.
Reverend Anthony Wade -- June 14, 2018