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NAR Pastoral Mask-Shaming - False Faith Devoid of Wisdom

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"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed," - Luke 4:18 (ESV)

It seems that John Burton has some thin skin when it comes to correct criticism of his false theology. Burton is an unapologetic Charismaniac and NAR dominionist who clearly believes in the experiential over the scriptural. Recently he did an article the muddied faith with utter stupidity. God believes we should operate in wisdom. Faith is not an exercise of ignoring wisdom. Apparently he received a great deal of blowback, including from me, and the above link is Burton doubling down while trying to pretend he did not say what we all know he did. Let us reason once more because his teaching is dangerous and can cost lives.

"Should Christians wear masks? Or would that be an indicator of a lack of faith? My most recent article titled "How the Pandemic Has Exposed an Unbelieving Church" has created quite a stir among the pro and anti-maskers. Interestingly, the article really wasn't about masks at all. It was about faith. In fact, I made it quite clear that we should use both wisdom and faith in these treacherous times. It never ceases to amaze me how triggered people zero in on the narrative they want to attack, all while blowing past qualifiers and clarifiers that would address their concerns if they only took time to read them. I can't tell you how often people become unglued just by the title of one of my articles. They arrive at conclusions that are unfounded because they didn't read past the first sentence. Spoiler alert: I wear a mask if the situation demands it. I'm not a card-carrying anti-masker. I'm definitely not a pro-masker either." - John Burton

My first editor, nearly two decades ago, had to constantly reign me in when it came to the titles I gave my articles. I thought they were creative, eye grabbing, and clever. He had to teach me that they needed to be to the point and honest about what was in the article. So with no apologies John, when you title an article "How the Pandemic has Exposed an Unbelieving Church"; you deserve the criticism you get. The larger point is that your title was not disingenuous to the content at all. You wrote specifically about that subject and you were wrong. The title to this latest article however is simply attention seeking or what is known as click bait. The mask of the beast? Seriously? You can try to qualify your false teaching all you like but no one is buying it. You can talk about how reasonable your mask position is but in the end you question people's faith John.

"I'm watching the carnage pile up all over social media as a result of verbal assaults, judgments on morality and ethics, crazy conspiracy theories (and some possible true ones) and accusations that pro-maskers are killing America and anti-maskers are killing Grandma. It's ridiculous to point nasty, crooked fingers at the uncovered calling them selfish, unloving and reckless. Not only is that statement generally untrue and the motive fairly disingenuous, but the logic behind it simply doesn't work. It's equally ridiculous to presume those who wear masks are fearful by default and surrendering to the Antichrist. No, these aren't masks of the beast and no, America isn't going to become communist because we wear them. I would encourage you to read an article I wrote on the spiritual reality surrounding the 2020 crisis. Yes, I do believe witchcraft is behind it, but wearing a mask doesn't mean we are surrendering to that spirit. This bizarre conversation between pro and anti-maskers that has overtaken our culture must be refocused onto what is most important." - John Burton

Your teaching will shipwreck people's faith. That is why you are questioned on it. That is why you are corrected on it. Your insistence on being right only further proves you do not care to listen or learn. Can't you see the double speak John? You claim to know that the usage of masks to protect oneself from a deadly pandemic is witchcraft but out of the other side of your mouth claim that one can wear masks without surrendering to that spirit? Please stop. You are embarrassing yourself.

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