For quite a few months I have allowed this blog to lapse until now, with the developing situation in the Church in Australia and the Western world getting worse at an accelerating rate. Too many pastors and teachers are leading too many Christians astray and too few are doing anything to warn them about it. Our time on earth is getting short.
Jesus commanded His followers to beware of false prophets. He said “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits” (Matt 7:15–16a). Not only that, Paul instructed those who listened to him to judge what they were taught (1 Cor 10:15; 11:13, 31; 14:29), that is to judge their pastor or Church leaders in what they said or did not say, in how they lived their lives and otherwise practiced their Christianity.
In summary, we can judge righteously and we must judge other Christians. We should judge the behaviour of fellow Christians as encouraged by Jesus and the Apostles. We should encourage one another and aim to restore in gentleness and humility those who fall away. We should not fail to name names where necessary, as Paul did on several occasions.
Let us not judge with hypocrisy, by appearance, or with condemnation. We must not judge those who are outside the Church. However, we should realize that we can judge that someone within the Church is practicing a sin and that a person is therefore putting their soul at risk.
Finally, Jesus declared that those who reject His words will be judged by His words (John 12:47–48). Therefore, we should judge ourselves, so that we may not return to condemnation (1 Cor 11:28–34; 2 Cor 13:5).
I have very little respect for Church leaders who are silent on the big issues of the day regarding freely available false TV teachers and allowing them to remain anonymous to the many Christians in the pews these days.
So if I find it necessary to name Brian Houston or Hillsong for any future false teachings, whether it be the latest Prosperity Gospel outrage or Brian’s ill-considered condemnation of Isaac Folau’s social media declaration, be certain I intend, with God’s help, to continue my approach.
God bless you!