Guest post by Jim Saint
I’m a pretty regular christian. I use Facebook quite a lot – I find it is a very effective witnessing tool.
One of the best things about Facebook is that it provides a great opportunity to call out christians who are leading people astray. Put them in their place and stop them doing damage.
Let me tell you about it.
Preserving the truth
The truth doesn’t change. We have it written down for us, and all we have to do is follow it. But these days too many people are playing games with God’s word.
I’m very zealous for the truth. I find it very easy to identify heresy and error, and I know it is important to help other christians who don’t have as much discernment to recognise these errors and not get tripped up by them.
These days it’s really my main ministry. I used to visit people at the aged care home, but I don’t have time for that now as I’m too busy on the internet.
People I’ve called out recently
I like to call out bloggers, authors, megachurch pastors, televangelists – anyone who gets doctrine wrong. I’ve become pretty good at sniffing out bad theology. Joel Osteen, Joyce Meyer and Rob Bell are people who regularly need calling out, but also lefties, emergent church wackos, liberal Professors who undermine the Bible and, really, anyone who stands against the authority of the word of God.
Reasons why it’s OK to ignore Jesus on this one
I know Jesus prayed for us to be united (John 17) and leave the judging to him (Matthew 7:1-5, 13:24-30), but, trust me on this, these teachings don’t apply in this case. Here’s why ….
They aren’t real christians anyway
Let’s face it, many so-called christians aren’t really on Jesus’ side. It’s OK to blast them. Fortunately, I have insight into who’s a REAL christian and who’s not.
Calling them out is the only way stop them
Someone’s got to stop the rot, and I’m up for it. This is one time where just praying is for wimps – the only way to stop these people is to shame them.
Just showing where I disagree with them isn’t enough. It is really important to “call them out” so the people I call out take more notice of me. And other people who read my comments can see that I’m right and these other pseudo christians are wrong, which builds up my reputation too.
What’s that? How many have I stopped so far? Well, maybe not that many, but I’m sure some of them are feeling the heat!
Calling them out is the loving thing
When I call them out, I’m speaking the truth in love. It may sound harsh to you, but really, I know the truth and I’m always motivated by love.
Besides, if I’m too namby pamby with them, they won’t take any notice. It takes a bit of ridicule and strong language to deal with these people.
Jesus called people out himself
Yeah, I know I’m not Jesus, but really, I’m sure if he were here he’d be hammering these guys. Sometimes you have to be cruel to be kind – though being funny can be even more effective sometimes.
Gotta get back to it
Well I’ve got to get back to sniffing out heresy. The price of truth is eternal vigilance!
Afternote by unkleE
Jim Saint is an old character who has written for me in the past. I hope none of you took him too seriously.
This post was a reaction to a “calling out” which I won’t reference here lest I fall into the same mistake, but it contained gratuitous insults and mockery, ascribing motives and being judgmental (effectively saying the prominent christian on the receiving end was destined for hell).
I think it is good to discuss important topics and disagree when we have to, but I see too many people making it personal – arrogantly calling other christians out, presuming to know the truth without doubt and making their comments in a way that sounds unloving to me.
I don’t agree with everything said by the people Jim named, and I think it is legitimate to disagree with them in public. But I don’t think spending much time on pointing out errors is helpful or necessary unless they are very directly having a seriously bad effect on the people we know – which mostly isn’t the case. If we feel we have to criticise, we should do it lovingly, with the minimum of personal references, and avoiding cheap shots. It is easy to criticise, but it rarely builds our listeners up – better to teach the positive than focus on how to avoid the negative.
And just maybe, the people we so confidently criticise may in fact be right – God may sometimes use them to teach us new ways.
“Therefore, let us stop passing judgment on one another.” Romans 14:13