Possibly Controversial — but here goes!

Written by my husband Joe in response to something someone wrote about Bishop T.D. Jakes and his (Jakes) view on the Trinity.  My intent in posting this is to hear others' opinions on what they think about this issue — not for the argument or to make people angry, but genuinely because we want to know what others think and believe

.  I believe it is possible to have discussions with our brothers and sisters in Christ, and we should be comfortable asking questions of this nature.  What are your thoughts?

I think it is great that you are checking this stuff out. Certainly today we have so many teachers out there who have all kinds of interpretations, opinions, agendas etc. Jesus said “If you abide (or continue) in My word then you are truly My disciples and you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free”. I actually love this kind of stuff. When I read or hear someone telling their theological views it always drives me to the Bible to see if what they say lines up with scripture. It is never my intention to try to pick a fight with anyone but since –as Jesus foretold- there are many false teachers and teachings out there we should be so acquainted with the Truth that when we hear a lie we will know it instantly. (Matt. 7:15, Matt. 24:11, Matt. 24:24, 2 Cor. 11:12-15, I Tim. 6:3-5, 1 John 4:1)

There’s an old saying “ in essentials unity, in non essentials liberty and in all things charity”. What that means to me is that there are teachings that are essential for us as Christians to hold to, such as when Jesus said in John 3:3 “You ‘MUST’ be born again” and John 8:34 “You ‘MUST’ believe that I AM He or you will die in your sins”.

Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection, salvation by grace through faith and not by works, just to name a few. These are essential doctrines of our Christian Faith and distinguishes the Kingdom of Jesus Christ and the kingdom of the cults.

Non essential teachings such as eating meat or abstaining, once saved always saved or not, spiritual gifts, charismatic, Pentecostal, long pants or shorts, and oh my doesn’t the list go on and on. These are issues that we can honestly debate vigorously with each other, but afterward go arm in arm as brothers and sisters as servants of our Lord and Savior… and let us never forget in all things charity.

All this brings me to a point I’d like to make about the doctrine of the Trinity. T D Jakes is correct the word Trinity is not in the Bible, but the concept and teaching of the Trinity is definitely there (see Mathew 3:16-17; 28:18-20; 2 Corinthians 13: 14). The doctrine of the Trinity is based on two basic biblical teachings:

1. There is one and only one God.

2. There are three eternally distinct persons who are called God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

The term ‘Trinity’ was coined by the early church to codify this teaching.

When T D Jakes and others say “the term Trinity is not a biblical term to begin with”, red flags should go up and buzzers go off. To deny the Trinity is to deny the revelation that God has given us of Himself in His Word.

I definitely hear you  – “do we have to have the full Trinitarian download and go through seminary before we can be saved”? No. I believe that when we hear the Gospel the Holy Spirit convicts us of our need for God to save us, and we give our hearts and lives to Jesus just as we are and become His disciples. Disciple means “continual learner”. John 8:31-32 Jesus said “If you continue in My Word you are truly my disciples and you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free”.

Twenty years ago I believed in God, but had no idea who this Jesus is. When I came to Jesus all I knew was that I was guilty and lost. By faith I gave my life to Him, and through His Word and His people He has revealed Himself and the Father to me. Do I, or will I, completely comprehend how there can be three eternally distinct persons in one nature? No, but I can embrace the concept.

Sadly, the Trinity is denied by many religions and by various sects that even call the Bible theirs or one of their holy books. The Jehovah’s Witnesses say Jesus is not God but Michael the Archangel, the first creation of Almighty Jehovah. The Mormans say Jesus is the spirit brother of Lucifer, and one day I could become a god. The Unitarians say Jesus is one of many ways to God, but that there are also many gods.

The Biblical doctrine of the Trinity exposes these teachings as heretical. I can certainly understand why many Trinitarians are concerned about the doctrinal statement of T D Jakes referring to the Godhead as ‘manifestations’. This definition (of manifestations) is used by Oneness Pentacostals (modalism), of which T D Jakes by his own admission was raised and ordained as a “Bishop”.

Modalism (Oneness) says that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are modes of manifestations and not persons. T D Jakes interestingly enough defends this definition by saying “The Apostle Paul himself used this term referring to the Godhead in 1 Tim3:15, 1Cor.12:7,and 1John3:5-8.Peter also used the term in 1Peter1:20. Can this word now be heresy when it is a direct quote from the Pauline epistles and used elsewhere in the new testament?”. Why is this troublesome?

Lets read those scriptures that he says refer to the Godhead 1 Timothy 3:16 “By common confession, great is the mystery of godliness:
He who was manifested in the flesh, Was vindicated in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Proclaimed among the nations, Believed on in the world, Taken up in glory.

1 Cor 12:7 “But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man for the profit of all.”

1 John 3:8 “He that commits sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.”

1 Peter 1:20 “He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you”

None of these passages is talking about God manifesting Himself as Father, Son or Holy Spirit. Three of the scriptures speak of the Son becoming manifest (revealed) in the flesh, and one talks about the Holy Spirit manifesting as gifts in the believers life. These verses do NOT support the use of the word "manifestation" to describe the persons of the Godhead. T D Jakes asked "How can it be heresy if it is a direct quote?" The answer is that it is not a direct quote, it is a complete misunderstanding of what is being said in those passages. A misunderstanding that denies the eternal nature of the Son of God.

To clarify that last point. If Jesus Christ is only a manifestation of God, and He only became manifest "in these last times" that would mean that Jesus Christ wasn't with God in the beginning as John 1:1 says He is! Jesus has always been Jesus; from eternity past Micah 5:2 to eternity future Rev 5:13.

It is truly, it is not my intention to bash or label T D Jakes as a heretic. I am not capable of, nor is my job to judge his heart. (Mathew7:1) I am though very concerned by his insistence in using modalistic definitions to define the Godhead. By all the content of your two posts on the Bishop, clearly I’m not alone. We are to test all words and teachings that we hear. John 7:24, 1John4:1

The doctrine of the Trinity is essential to our faith. Our Pastor said that ‘Jesus is who He says He is and He said ‘ I am the Way the Truth and the Life and no one comes to the Father except by Me’. John14:6. The TRUE Jesus! Not the jesus of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormans, Modalists etc….

2Corinthiains 11:4 warns us of those who would come and preach a ‘different Jesus’. John 17:3 “And this is eternal life that they may know You, the only true God AND Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” To know the persons of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is THE most precious gift.

I know this was long and If you got this far thank you for staying with me.

This subject ‘The Trinity’ is near and dear to my heart.

May the Lord bless you.

Joe

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Author: Michele C.

First and foremost I am a Believer in Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I am a wife, a Mom, a young budding writer, and entrepreneur.

22 thoughts on “Possibly Controversial — but here goes!”

  1. Well your right it was long, but worth the read! Amen Joe and I agree with your concerns. Good post Michele, thank you both. As true believers we really need to pay attention to what we are listening to, it saddens me for those who do not already know the truth and trust everything they hear as gospel regardless if it's contrary to God's word or not. Love you!

  2. Well studied, and well constructed writing. I don't believe this to be bashing of the bishop, everyone has at one time or another been wrong in their interpretation and/or teaching. It's good that Christ followers would hold eachother kindly accountable.

  3. Thanks Tristan! The Trinity is very near and dear to my husband — I am amazed each day how much of the Word he knows. I'm very thankful that he knows so much — it pushes me to want to know more too! I've been reading a great book by Norman Geisler and Ron Rhodes called Conviction Without Compromise — it talks about all of the core beliefs of the Christian Faith — very good! I'm learning a ton!

  4. Good writing, Michele. I got to the scriptures and before finishing them, I was thinking "wait a minute, wait a minute here, manifestation means "reveal or display"……….I even stopped to look it up and make sure……I felt foolish after I got to the next paragraph…(smile)…..that's why it pays for me to finish the whole thing before jumping to the wrong conclusions. (smile)We, as Christians, have to be so careful when listening to others on Biblical issues and preachings or teachings……I believe it is very important to "know your Bible" for each one of us & take a stand when we know something isn't right. But, I also believe just as strongly about not "arguing" scripture…..that just doesn't get us anywhere……people should agree to disagree and go on. For instance…..my husband & I disagree with our own Pastor & his wife on when the church started, but we aren't going to sit and argue about it….we agree to disagree. When it comes to salvation, the Trinity, and other doctrinal issues…I take a stand. There are so many false teachers out there today, one has to be very careful…..be very discerning. I think God reveals them to us if our hearts are in tune with Him. (smile) Just like you were here on a subject that is a very hard thing for most people to understand……I have never questioned the Trinity….this is probably a dumb way of looking at it, but I equated it to someone having multiple personalities but the same person. (smile) Some analogy, huh? My grandmother is the one who led me to the Lord when I was young….she taught me a "very simple faith" so that is how I look at things….I don't go in to "deep, dark, digging theology and wonder what this means, or wonder what that means. What's this talking about…..what does this refer to:" I just simply "trust my heavenly Father" & read the Bible and take it as He gives it to me. (smile) Sometimes I can read something and get one thing and months later the Pastor will be preaching a message on the very same scripture and I come away with something all together different and new. Isn't God wonderful……Well, I know this was a very long comment, & I am sorry for taking up so much time, but I was truly blessed by your word here. Thank you for giving me more to ponder on tonight as I make my way to bed. Good Night.

  5. Michele…..I wrote a nice long comment earlier…but I don't know where it went as I never saw it come up……just wanted you to know I really enjoyed what you & your husband have written here. I agree with it all. God bless you both, & Keep Looking UP…..I strongly believe that it isn't going to be very long before He bursts through the eastern sky!

  6. Hi Sheila! I just hadn't gotten back to the computer for about a day — but really enjoyed your post — and thank you for the encouragement — we appreciate it! It did make me nervous to put this post out there, but we really felt the Lord has been pressing us to do this for quite some time. We have been very prayerful about putting this out there because he is a very popular teacher — and many enjoy him. I've heard people say that its just semantics, but its not about semantics. If it is just semantics, then why won't he just define the Trinity the way the creeds say to? I've heard others say "chew the meat and spit out the bones." I don't agree with that either. We never have to say "chew the meat and spit out the bones" on any of Paul's teachings or Jesus's teachings, but we will say this about teachers — if they are wrong on very pertinent doctrinal issues that are foundations for our faith as Christians, and have God wrong from the start, then other areas will be off as well. There are so many good teachers out there that aren't off that we can learn plenty from without having to discard anything taught. That would be like saying we could learn pertinent information from Jehovah's witnesses or Mormans — they have Jesus wrong from the get go, why would we want to "feed" on any of their teachings?
    We are anticipating comments from the opposing side, and are truly willing to listen — and if we are wrong we will promptly admit so. So far with many of our Christian brothers and sisters, we have found they agree wholeheartedly. Scripture does say to take it to the person privately first — many have gone to him personally — then it says to take two or three witnesses with you — people have done this — then it says to take it to the church — this is now being done. He still stands strong in his stance of his definition of God, which is identical to Oneness Pentocostals (modalism), and he received his title Bishop under a cult (Oneness Pentocostals) — he readily admits this himself.
    We should definitely pray for him to get back on track, and renounce his former life of modalism because of the fact that he is very influential and does many good works. Being a very public teacher/preacher, he should make this be public — and being that he's been a Christian for so many years, this is something that he should know about (doctrine of the Trinity). Yes, he helps a lot of people and has a lot of great causes that are good works, but so do atheists, Mormans, non-believing Christians, etc). That is not a good argument to make.

  7. Michelle:I agree with you 100%………except not sure what the Oneness Pentecostals are……..this is something I've not heard before, so don't know what that is…..I just know the Assembly of God and the Church of God type of Pentecostal churches…..my husband's mother was the Church of God type after being a Baptist for years….I never did quite understand why she changed, but that is neither here nor there since she is in a nursing home with dementia now. Over the many years my husband & I've been married, she and I have had lots of great talks about the Bible……..of course, I "respectfully" disagreed with her on many of their beliefs. My husband has a very close friend he met while in the Air Force back in '71…….he is also of this denomination….I think that they finally respectfully agree to disagree on certain areas of their beliefs…..the main being the losing of one's salvation. Now, he did have a good argument…..but, still not convincing when I hold it up to the scripture of "no man can pluck them out of my Father's hand". We were taught by a great man of God that it is not "what you hear me say that you believe, but "Thus saith the scripture" "! AMENI, personally, don't listen to too many television preachers…….because I find myself disagreeing with a lot of what they are standing up there before God and everybody listening and saying stuff that isn't Biblical. & people are buying in to it………so, like you say…..why "feed" on what they are teaching. My mother & I were driving back up here from a trip to Nashville a while back and I found this preacher on the radio…..so listened to about five minutes of his sermon and all of a sudden I said "huh?" I said that isn't right what he's saying….so, immediately changed the station. (smile) God tells us distinctly to be "aware" to "watch" & to be "sober"………in other words to be on guard & to take a stand……I feel that is what you and your husband are doing here.

  8. Michele,
    Why not ask T.D. Jakes? I think that you should send him an email and a letter asking him some very direct questions. In an article or television spot you can never know if these are direct quotes or spliced material. In doing this you can know for yourself where he stands and then say that you received direct quotes from him and this is what you have discovered.
    Sure one might say that if he has been misquoted….that he would fight for a retraction etc…and my response would be how much time would it take to fight everything that anyone has said about you? It would be impossible and then if you came out and wanted to correct a wrong there would still be others who would not believe you because it would be said that you are just trying to keep your friends, congregation, or to simply shut the mouth of the nay-sayers etc….
    I believe that we should speak out against the wrongs, but we should also be careful as well. It's very easy to look into our neighbors yard and talk about their weeds when in fact we may just have our own. I think that it's a fine line and it may be one that we don't want to cross.
    I realize that this is a discussion so let's ponder this thought. If TD Jakes is off course, wouldn't God want him back on track? Do we think that this post would bring others closer to Christ or would people think that if TD Jakes could get off track then surely there isn't any hope for me?
    Maybe deliverance is needed and that is what we should be praying for. We all have an opinion but does it really count when your dealing with spiritual warfare? Probably not. What if we all prayed that God would give him the revelation of The Trinity……………………….now that's a concept.
    Awesome post as usual. Keep them coming.
    God Bless,

  9. Hi Deb,
    This is Joe.
    Thank you for your comments and questions. My main intent in writing the post was to defend the doctrine of the Trinity, because I have had many conversations with professing Christians who have never heard of it, reject it, distort it, or have told me it is of no importance to salvation at all. When I read T D Jakes' comments it got my blood pumping.
    The quotes I cited came from two articles from Christianity Today. Interestingly enough if you go to http://www.thepottershouse.org then click 'doctrinal statement' you will see a link titled 'What does Bishop Jakes have to say about our doctrinal statement'. That link takes you to those two articles. Since they are on his own website then I have no reason to believe he was misquoted. Also I wanted to be fair and only quote his words and not what someone else said he said. No one would like that done to them.
    Deb, I see in scripture the core essential teaching of the Trinity as I know you do. I believe it is a "MUST BELIEVE" issue. To deny the Trinity is to deny the God of the Bible, it's THAT serious. If we love our neighbor we will tell them the truth as I hope and pray they would tell me if I was "off" on an essential 'MUST BELIEVE' issue.
    Certainly God wants T D Jakes on track and we are praying that the Lord would place leaders in his path to gently correct him on the Trinity and some other teachings. My prayer is also that we see our deep need to be certain about who Jesus is because He said "You must believe that I AM He, or you will die in your sins" John8: 24. We need to know who the eternal Christ is and place our faith in Him and not in any human teacher.
    Wow, so much more can be said. You have driven me back to the scriptures. Thanks again for your comments. Let's talk more
    Joe

  10. Joe,
    Thanks for the response. I believe that the bible is a "MUST BELIEVE" from Genesis to Revelation. Although your heart is in the right place, it is also not up to you to 'defend' the doctrine of The Trinity.
    What 'pumps my blood' is how the enemy is constantly distorting, deceiving and leading astray Gods creation. Don't look at the flesh but fight against the spirit of a thing. That is where the battle is won. We wrestle not…Eph 6:12.
    If driving you back to the scriptures is to ensure that you know all that there is to know about this subject for the sake of a discussion then that was not my intent at all; but, if driving you back to the scripture is going to help lead others to Christ then read on and then some.
    You and Michele totally rock and I'm so glad that God allowed our paths to cross. You are teaching me a lot about being on point and knowing The Word because it is life changing and life sustaining. God is a Wonderful and Awesome God. I'm so thankful for Him allowing us to come into the fellowship.
    God Bless You Both,

  11. Michele, I wanted also to ask you to forgive my attitude. I am struggling with my feelings right now about the whole T.D. Jakes bit. "Proffessing Christians?" So…if we are possibly a little confused, or have differences of opinion or views, this makes us less Christians? I think this is un-fair to the Modalists. I don't know if I am one…but I still feel defensive of them, because I don't believe they are any less Christians or believers, and it makes me furious inside that human beings would take it upon themselves to say that someone isn't saved. I'm sorry…but I think this is where denominations are formed, And I don't feel that God ever intended there to be denominations or divission in the church. Paul and Peter openly disagreed, but supported and respected eachother at the same time. I feel like this whole argument pressures believers to choose a side. Yes, I admire T.D. Jakes, but my REAL concern is that in light of what's going on in our country, we have bigger concerns, we are all a family weather we agree and interperte the scriptures in the same way or not. I love you. I do, you know that.

  12. OH! I got your message Michele, and I realized you are right. Thank God! Wow. Please forgive me. I feel so ashamed at my stupidity. Thank you for not being mad, and not holding my stupidity against me. I love you.

  13. You are not stupid!! That was the farthest thing from my mind — I love you — and could not be mad at you — I felt awful that you thought it was directed at you — I want others to be sure to know — when the comment was made "professing Christians" — it was meant for those who deny the true Jesus — Jehovah's witnesses, Modalists, Mormans, and the like. I love you Meg!!!

  14. Hi Sheila! This Joe. Thank you so much for your kind words. Michele and I will be praying for your husband’s mother. Just FYI the Assemblies of God and the Church of God are Trinitarian. Oneness Pentecostals are not. Oneness Pentecostals believe -among other things- that God is only one person who was “manifested as Father in creation, and as Father of the Son, in the Son for our redemption, and as the Holy Spirit in our regeneration.” (from the United Pentecostal Church International) UPCI. They deny that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are three eternally distinct persons and thus deny the Trinity. Their teaching is that Jesus is God the Father and Jesus is the Holy Spirit, one person with different “offices” if you will. (Jesus only theology). They deny Jesus is eternally the Son of God. I truly am not sure why.
    Bless you for taking a stand on essential doctrines. I believe the Lord reveals false teachings to us- NOT so we can judge other people, everyone agrees that is not loving them, but to use our well reasoned answers as an opportunity to share the ‘true’ gospel. How it must break the Lords heart when He is denied and His teachings twisted.
    We as Christians should definitely, with gentleness and respect, stand against these and other false doctrines as Jude 3 and 4 exhorts “contend earnestly for the faith which was once and for all delivered to the saints 4For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ.”NKJV. Thanks again and God bless. Joe

  15. I whole heartedly agree, 100%. I think we, Christians, are going to find our selves tested in ways we've never been tested before in the coming days once the new elected government takes control………so, yes, we must stand & stand strong on what the Good Book teaches. Therefore, we must have a good foundation laid or we will fall for every snake in the grass out there. The Bible teaches not to be carried about like the wind or the waves…….You've brought about a great discussion here & I applaud you for that. It is good, I think, sometimes for us to "dig a little deeper", don't you? (smile)

  16. Amen!! 🙂 I agree with you on the testing that is coming, and if we are not grounded solidly on the Rock of Jesus Christ — we will be tossed to and fro — I just read that scripture last night. I honestly have really enjoyed these discussions, and the digging deeper and deeper and getting more understanding of Who God is — how wonderful He is. He is an awesome and amazing God. The book of Daniel came to my mind when I read your comment — about how Daniel was taken to a land that worshipped idols, and the persecution that came to him as a result of it, and how he had to stand strong in the face of it all — my prayer is that I will do the same — as well as all of our Christian brothers and sisters — we actually prayed for all of you last night for this very thing! God bless you today and always Sheila! Thanks always for your encouragement. You are a blessing.

  17. Hi Deb. If I am understanding you correctly, I must respectfully disagree with you, but I may be misunderstanding you.
    I definitely believe it is up to us to defend not only the Trinity, but other essential doctrines as well. (In essentials unity.) 2 Timothy 4:2-5 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove ,rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instuction. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate to themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry."
    Also Jude 3 says we "should 'contend earnestly' for the faith which was once delivered to the saints. For certain men have crept in unaware, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and 'denying' the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
    I too agree "we wrestle not against flesh and blood",… but also "faith comes by hearing" Romans 10:17. I believe we are to not only pray, but we are also to open our mouths and speak the truth of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    I appreciate your comments, and pray the Lord blesses you today. Joe

  18. Joe,
    It's been interesting, but this will be my last comment on this subject. Here's why, the purpose of commenting was to get you to see that when you call someone out as a false prophet its a very dangerous thing. My friend you had better know in your knower that this is absolutely a pure fact coming from God. So, if your mantle is to find the false prophets of this world and bring attention to the saints of God then go for it, but if it's not then find out what your calling is in Christ Jesus.
    If you are trying to explain what you feel you've found to baby christians or immature christians then I believe that this is in error because it WILL cause them to stumble. For anyone that is still trying to discover who God is for themselves to in turn start figuring out who is a real messenger of God and who isn't…it's a dangerous place because it may cause them to run from the faith all together. Simply put..trying to give a baby meat when they have yet to be weaned from the bottle will cause digestive issues.
    2 Tim 4:2-5 When it talks about preaching the word and being ready to…………….(to me) it's talking about telling people about the areas of their lives that are wrong. If a person wants to live with someone that they are not married to then chances are they are not going to listen that fornication is wrong, living a gay lifestyle not wanting to hear that God considers this a sin, etc………..(The Message Bible:You're going to find that there will be times when people will have no stomach for solid teaching, but will fill up on spiritual junk food—catchy opinions that tickle their fancy. They'll turn their backs on truth and chase mirages. But you—keep your eye on what YOU'RE doing; accept the hard times along with the good; keep the Message alive; do a thorough job as God's servant. )
    You could very well be right in all that you are saying, but since God did not give this 'revelation' to me in my heart then I just wanted to let you know that you should tread lightly and make sure that you absolutely, positively know that beyond a shadow of a doubt that he is a false prophet.
    Thank you for posting my comments. Now I must get back to my own blog and start a little spark over there.
    May God Bless You Beyond Measure,

  19. Deb – this too is my last comment as well (this is Michele) — but I want it clear — as we have stated repeatedly — we have not said that he is a false prophet or a false teacher — we have said that we are concerned with his teachings and his view of the Trinity. We are also not judging his heart. We have quoted his own words from an article that he posted on his own web site.
    This is not something that we have thought about lightly, and it is also something we have been very prayerful about for well over a year now, and the Lord keeps bringing it back to our attention. We have consulted with other Christian pastors and leaders in the community, and they agree with us on this issue. I am posting this comment in response to you, but mostly for those who are following this post so that they may understand where we are coming from as well. I also do not believe that it will cause those to leave the faith. I believe it would cause people to dig deeper into the Word, and draw closer to our Lord. Our faith is in the Lord Jesus Christ, not some teacher. Our prayer is and has been that it will cause people to go deeper into God's word, and search the scriptures out for themselves. Dig in.
    I have an excerpt from a book titled "The Complete Bible Answer Book" by Hank Hanegraaf on this very issue (not T.D. Jakes, but on judging teachings). "Not only is judging permissible, it is our responsibility. Nobody's teachings are above sound judgment — especially those of influential leaders! Biblically, authority and accountability go hand in hand (cf. Luke 12:48). The greater the responsibility one holds, the greater the accountability (cf. James 3:1)."
    "First, the precedent for making right judgments comes from Scripture itself. In the Old Testament the Israelites were commanded to practice sound judgment by thoroughly testing the teachings of their leaders (Deut. 13). Similarly, in the New Testament, the apostle Paul commands the Thessalonians to test all things and to hold fast to that which is good (1 Thess. 5:21-22). Moreover, Paul lauds the Bereans for testing his teachings (Acts 17:11)."
    "Furthermore, while our Lord cautioned followers not to judge self-righteously (Matt. 7:1-5), he also counseled them to make judgments based on right standards (John 7:24). In the context of his oft-misquoted command "Judge not, or you too will be judged," Jesus exhorts us to judge false prophets, whose teachings and behavior lead people astray (Matt. 7:15-20). Thus while we are commanded to not judge hypocritically, we are nevertheless called to judge."
    "Finally, common sense should be sufficient to alert us to the importance of making public as well as private judgments regarding false doctrine. During the infamous Tylenol scare in 1982, public warnings were issued by the media and the medical community regarding the physical danger of ingesting Tylenol capsules that someone had laced with cyanide. In similar fashion, when spiritual cyanide is dispensed within the Christian community, we are duty-bound to warn the public. As such, Paul publicly rebuked Hymenaeus and Philetus whose teachings "spread like gangrene" (2 Tim. 2:17-18; cf. Gal. 2:11-14)." (page 324-324 "The Complete Bible Answer Book" by Hank Hanegraaff).
    Num 6:24-26 “The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace." '

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