False teachers are everywhere nowadays. This is part of a series revolving around a review of Ioudas’ book. Click image to enlarge.
This is tightly connected to last week’s blog posts.
Jude desired to write a letter concerning salvation but was compelled instead to pen an epistle rebutting the apostasy which was rife in the early church. In it he describes false teachers, articulates their impending judgment and cautions of the dangers that they represent. After reading it one might be left thinking, “With these guys being so bad surely I’d best avoid them?”
Jude responds, “No!” In fact he goes even further than that and exhorts us to, “contend earnestly for the faith.”
I think it’s fair to say, as far as Christian trends go, ‘tolerance’ is the new black and any ‘contending’ is seriously last season, out of vogue, no longer fashionable. Christian doctrine, orthodox theology and Biblical truth have been sacrificed on the altar of cultural relevance and any defense of them comes off looking fascist. The modern Christianese mantra is, “Never challenge, Never exhort, Never correct and Never ever offend!”
The blogosphere however offers us the opportunity to break the shackles of sluggishness because by nature it encourages us to present our thoughts and ideas on issues to the public domain and then solicit a response. This bold new approach in interactivity results in one of three responses from Christian bloggers (hat tip Walter Cannon):
Fright: Frozen, unable to choose left or right, flight or fight. Neutrality is the default stance of most Christians on any issue of faith. Maybe as a whole we’ve become incapably equipped and so cannot enter into debate being inadequately prepared for any kind of hand to hand combat that might ensue.
And so the majority never comments for or against issues in front of them, philosophically appeasing themselves by hiding behind the facade of brotherly love. In Biblical terms the word “lukewarm” and the phrase, “I will spit you out of My mouth,” spring to mind.
Flight: Rather than rise to the challenge of a heretical statement or erroneous post people will quickly move off the blog or only ever browse blogs of authors that they know to be universally acceptable to their denomination or doctrinal slant (people from my ilk might stick to gty or desiringGod).
Safely cocooned in the comfort of familiarity some bloggers have ideological blinkers on ignoring the savage storm of false teaching that rages around them. Ostriches with their heads buried deeply into the sand.
Fight: Battle worn saints of God “contend earnestly for the faith”. All Christians have been divinely charged and commissioned to, “take up the full armor of God” and equip themselves with, “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God”. The battle is fierce and savage but the victory is certainly guaranteed because our Captain cannot be overwhelmed or defeated. Listen to Jude’s own words,
The battle isn’t clean but a messy mire of muck. For some examples of online “contending” check out the fruitful discussion here and the fruitless discuss here.
For a list of people who are blogging in the South African Christian community click here.