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Dissecting Another Anti-Discernment Hit-Piece

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The fouls are against those who falsely teach God's word. The rest of this point is yet another personal attack upon people you could not possibly know. You have no idea what the people you are maligning hunger for sir. I considered summarizing your drawn out points but it is important that people see the vitriol and hate you are trafficking in here. Unintended or not.

"10. Theirs is an intoxicating external righteousness. The new Pharisees have found a system of self-made righteousness that is rewarding. It's not difficult to get it, which makes the moral buzz all the more enticing. They craft a righteousness by fleeing the humble, sober, biblical spirituality of mourning one's own heart-idols and rejoicing in the substitutionary atoning work of Jesus Christ. They find an external, cultural issue to rally around. After all, that's much easier than embracing Jesus' true spirituality of examining and mourning one's motives; of repenting of invisible heart idols; of seeing, loathing, confessing, and fleeing the secret lusts in one's own heart. They loathe true spiritual loathing. They hate the true spiritual hatred Jesus identified as a genuine, living spirituality (cf. Luke 14:26). So instead, they travel outside themselves to loathe on the far-too-easy-to-loathe cultural sins, some of which are no sins at all. Again, they patrol social media looking for the self-worshiping moral buzz. They find some poor individual who challenges their self-righteousness; who says, "Hey, Jesus said this also"" They tend to attack without asking questions for clarification. The buzz is there. You don't ask questions when you're a Pharisee. The intoxication is too good. Just jump. Just revile. Just cry foul. And, it's all good because you will have plenty of others, also strung out on the self-actualizing crack, to affirm the utterly self-righteous, presumptuous tactic. And today, their spiritual crack is available for cheap on every corner of Twitter. It's all so easy. It's all so intoxicating. And it is all so utterly sinful and self-righteous. In all this; in the self-righteous zeal, they miss the true mission of Christ of disciple making through the humble, tactful, and biblical preaching of the gospel and repentance. As such, they are a poor witness to the great name of Christ. These are the new Pharisees. Beware of their leaven." -- Pastor Eric Davis

My ministry does not confer any righteousness upon me. I have none except what Christ has appropriated for me. There is nothing intoxicating about this and please stop confusing biblical accuracy for teachers and preachers with some lame cultural issue argument you keep trying to craft. There is no moral buzz. Beware of the leaven is right. Beware of pastors who appear hurt in some manner, for what was probably justified criticism, writing hit pieces about people they never met. I have never heard of Pastor Davis before so I will give him a pass on everything outside of this horrible article. Maybe he meant something different here and if so, he needed to be more specific. He complained about people attacking the brethren and then he attacks the brethren. He complained that people write out of ignorance and then he slanders people regarding private matters in their lives he could not possibly know. He accuses them of being unyielding and yet out of the other side of his mouth he speculates that perhaps they are not even saved. There is something behind this article. Some hurt or pain that was levied unto him or someone he knew. No one takes this much pen to paper to protest so uncontrollably without cause. Whatever it is I pray Pastor Davis reconciles it within his heart and stops attacking people who are co-laborers with him. If he really intended this differently, he needs to put down the broad brush and get specific. Otherwise he just becomes what he claims to loathe.

Reverend Anthony Wade -- May 16, 2019


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