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Don't You Name Those Wolves!

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Who is defaming now eh? The truth is that there is only one correct interpretation of Scripture and that is what God intended to say. I have never seen a discernment ministry squabble over minor matters or trivial doctrine. This is not a game Mr. Farias. The eternal destination of the souls of men hang in the balance so forgive me if I do not have time to coddle your delicate sensibilities regarding your favorite false teachers. When Kenneth Hagin teaches drunk in the spirit he is a heretic. It does not matter if he was really nice to you. It does not matter if you had fond memories of him. When he teaches that you can create your own reality through your speech he is being a false teacher and according to the key verse I must rebuke him. By the way, if you ever think that I have written something too murky due to some doctrinal underpinning, by all means point it out to me. None of us are above correction.

"It's time for the body of Christ to put away this grievous behavior and grow up, for this type of ungodly behavior is an indicator of gross carnality or spiritual babyhood at best. "Therefore put away all wickedness, deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking. As newborn babies, desire the pure milk of the word, that by it you may grow" (1 Pet. 2:1-2). It's time for the body of Christ to mature in love and quit being so disagreeable. Everyone has different degrees of understanding and light from the Scriptures. No two people will agree on everything. Do I agree with every minister? No, a thousand times no. Do I believe certain doctrines are harmful to the body of Christ? Absolutely. But I am not going to spout off ministers' names and slander them.

If I don't really know their hearts and have a personal relationship with them, then it's just best to pray for them and leave them in the Lord's hands. They should have people in their lives to hold them accountable. If not, then that's their fault." -- Bert Farias

This is ridiculous. There are a plethora of bible verses, including the key verse, in complete support of discernment related to false teaching. What is carnal are articles such as this that provide no real scriptural support while pointing the accusatory finger at those who would seek to protect the sheep of the Lord. It is not evil to speak the truth. It is time for the body of Christ to stop being so disagreeable? Really? Has Farias read the New Testament? Did Paul not call out false teachers by name? Yes he did. Did he not publicly rebuke Peter when he was behaving like a hypocrite? Yes he did. Did Paul not expel the sinner in the church at Corinth? Yes he did. The Bible says narrow is the way beloved. Narrow. It says few find it. Perhaps nothing sums up the biblical ignorance on the part of Bert Farias more than this:

"Do I believe certain doctrines are harmful to the body of Christ? Absolutely. But I am not going to spout off ministers' names and slander them. If I don't really know their hearts and have a personal relationship with them, then it's just best to pray for them and leave them in the Lord's hands. They should have people in their lives to hold them accountable. If not, then that's their fault."

They do have people in their lives to hold them accountable! Read the key verse! That person is you! Stop with this carnal and babyish response that you have to somehow know their heart before speaking the truth. Read Jeremiah 17:9 if you are confused about their heart. Pray for them? Seriously? Do the sheep even matter to you? So you believe that certain doctrines are harmful? Terrific but let's put that in real terms. You know that certain false teachings will consign people to an eternity of suffering and hell. Given that reality, your top concern is whether you "slander" the wolf because you "don't know their heart." You don't have to! You know their teaching! Mercifully, Farias concludes:

"If you want to challenge a certain doctrine that you believe is causing harm to the church, then do so without naming names and degrading ministers you don't even know. The apostle Paul called some false ministers out because he knew them and because their doctrine or lack of character were endangering the churches he planted or of which he had oversight. Enough said." -- Bert Farias

No, no, a thousand times no. This is the Dr. Michael Brown logic. That sheep, which are portrayed as near helpless in Scripture, should be able to match up in depth doctrinal discussions with individual preachers. Utter nonsense. If I knew that someone was feeding a child poison and I did nothing about it that would be criminal. It is spiritual negligence to know that a preacher is feeding the sheep eternal poison and turn your head and say; well I don't know his heart. If you knew that a friend of yours was being enticed by Jehovah Witnesses would you not intervene until you understood the heart of the person witnessing to your friend? Of course not because the sincerity of the false teacher is irrelevant. The heart or motivation behind a false teaching is completely irrelevant. If your own heart and motivation is not for the sheep of the Lord then it is time to get a new line of work.

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