Matt Kenedy weites in Stand Firm

Later in the week I (and hopefully another one of my fellow SF writers) hope to post a response to some of the recently published ACI articles urging primates to attend the upcoming meeting. Meanwhile, I certainly pray that no primate will be swayed by false cajoling appeals to “hope” and “trust”. “Hope” and trust” are certainly biblical concepts but when lifted from the text of scripture, embellished, idealized and then used to trump the actual words of scripture they have no power and no authority to compel the conscience.

There is simply no biblical warrant for participating in a meeting in which unrepentant, defiant false teachers will be seated as if they are legitimate Christian leaders. There are, in fact, very specific biblical instructions about how to deal with false teachers and these instructions do not include meeting with them, sitting down with them, having a chat with them, or seeking anything at all from them short of outright repentance and recantation. And since that has, in this case, been called for repeatedly and rejected repeatedly, these particular leaders are to be treated not as brothers and sisters who err but as those who devour and destroy.

Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. [10] If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting, [11] for whoever greets him takes part in his wicked works. (2 John 1:9-11 ESV)

And what of those who purport to be Christian leaders while unrepentantly subverting the truth through his or her actions?

But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one. (1 Corinthians 5:11)

So, according to the commands contained in scripture, we are to give false teachers no comfort, no hospitality, no legitimacy and certainly not the public respectability that a face to face meeting would provide as if they are genuine Christian leaders.

I always find it amusing when revisionists take biblical themes like “love” and twist, pervert and mangle them to fit the cause du jour. This “thematizing” is a fantastic trick. It allows you not only to divorce a biblical theme from the bible but also to define the theme yourself without much reference to the bible. So, for example, “loving your neighbor”, becomes “enabling your neighbor to kill unborn children” or “worshiping your neighbors’ Aztec goddess.”

The process can, again, be very amusing to watch if you know the trick.

It’s not so amusing, however, when orthodox Christian leaders and scholars do the same.

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