Finger Pointing

For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.  2 Timothy 4:3-4

We are taught in Scripture to contend earnestly for the faith, so I make no apology for the use of this website to call out of false teachers and unbiblical messages.  But at the same time we are pointing fingers in alarm to warn the sheep of the wolves in their midst (no, finger-pointing isn’t always bad) we must also take a moment to pause and consider the verse posted above.  Usually the focus of this passage is the false teachers and the myths that they deceptively portray as truth.  But who is ultimately accountable for these teachers?  Notice what is said…”they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions”.  Who is the “they” in this verse?  Well, it is easy to see from the context that it is those following the teacher, the congregation themselves!  While deception certainly occurs due to the false teachings of Hinn, Meyers, Warren, Bell and the others, rebellion is the primary driver in bringing success to these speakers.  The majority of those following these teachers know what they want to hear, and they find teachers who will say only the words they approve.  They are in rebellion to the true Gospel (repentance and the forgiveness of sins through faith in Christ alone) and so need verbal ointment on their ears and consciences to bring rest.  Thus medicated, they can continue on in the pursuit of their passions, whether it be financial success, a sense of religion or  a life feeling important or adventurous.  Fingers need to be pointed at heretics to sound the alarm, but we also need to recognize just who is making these people so successful and powerful.  According to Paul, it is the rebellious group of goats called the congregation.  Pray the Lord grant them repentance!

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3 Comments on “Finger Pointing”

  1. oldchurchfan Says:

    Thanks for this post… We have to be carefull too…
    The biggest threat will come from inside the church… Remember 2 Peter 2, False teachers will be AMONG you…
    I wrote something on that recently..

    God bless you!


    • Says:

      You are exactly right. If one were to use the Bible to “profile” a false teacher, he would be a church leader or pastor, friendly, sincere, outgoing, and overflowing with kind words about others and about Christ. The deadly rocks which shipwreck the faith of others would be below the surface, lies mixed cleverly with truth. There is a reason they are so deadly… it is because they appear not to be! I read your post, good stuff! I will have to browse your blog a little more this weekend.


  2. revivalandreformation Says:

    It is getting to the place where we as true Christians are persecuted more often by our so-called brothers than those of the world. How many times have we been rebuked for being judgmental, unloving and hypocritical? Well so be it, if we are branded, persecuted and alienated because of speaking the truth, then great, we are in good company, for Jesus Christ wasn’t crucified because He was a tolerant, loving understanding teacher, no He was whipped, beaten and crucified because He made people (especially the religious leaders) uncomfortable…sounds familiar?


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