False Teacher

I was reading posts from the other day on a friends blog, and I was labeled a false teacher in one of the comments by an angry post-er. As a matter of fact, they had my name listed with the likes of Rubel Shelly, Wade Hodges, Zoe Worship, and Edward Fudge, and Max Lucado. I was a little shocked. This is the firs time that I have been declared to be a false teacher. I wonder why? Is it because I ask questions about the church that need to be asked? What exactly is the definition of false teacher? In the Biblical record, the term applies to those that denied either the divintity of Jesus or the humanity of Jesus, or those that perverted the Gospel by adding circumcision to the list of “do’s” in addition to faith in Christ. I believe in baptism for the remission of sins, I believe in Jesus Christ, that He is the only begotten Son of God, that he died, was buried and rose again on the third day, according the Scriptures, and ascended into heaven, and will one day come back. I believe in the church, the intentional body of Christ, and that each congregation is autonomous. I believe that acapella music is the pattern of New Testament churches, right on down until the 12th century or so when a piano was added the church. I love acapella music, and prefer acapella music, and teach that our young people that it is Biblical to worship God using just our voices.

I guess I am having a hard time understanding where the false teacher label comes from. Hmm, is it because I also believe that the name calling, and the mud-slinging that takes place in our circles is juvenile, and un-Christ like needs to stop. Jesus warns us to “judge not.” My answer to the brother who labeled me a false teacher, is to consider your humanity. No person, except Christ was perfect, so our understandings, and our wisdom are dulled by the stain of sin. We are all to some degree, false teachers.

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10 Responses to False Teacher

  1. Anonymous says:

    Jason,

    Be blessed brother! Sorry you got mixed in all that, but that is the way it goes sometimes.

    I’ll remind you of what I was reminded of this morning in my readings… that Jesus was a master at taking anger and doubt and using it as a benefit to others.

    In whatever we are given (good or bad / wanted or unwanted) it always has benefit.

    May GOD open our eyes to the opportunities of benefit he has placed in our lives today!

    Russell

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  3. Russell,

    Thanks for the encouragement. I intend to use the bad for good. I realize that our brotherhood, as much as we love churches of Christ, are severely fragmented. It breaks my heart that this is so, I pray that out of the abundance of God’s grace, that He will have mercy on us as we continue to try to follow in the footsteps of Jesus.

  4. CL says:

    Jason, You’re so right, the term false teacher is thrown out way too loosely these days. I mean what is the deal? If you don’t agree with my church on the fact that we sing songs during communion, then we are evil false teachers, seeking to destroy the truth and add to the bible where the bible has been silent, huh?

    Brother keep asking honest questions, and don’t worry, many of us have been false teachers in the eyes of men for years, the good news is, His grace is sufficient for all of us, and fortunately others opinions don’t sway the Lord’s view of who and what you are.

  5. Chris,

    Thanks brother for kind words. I was out running some erands for our youth group today, and I was reminded that Jesus too was branded with the false teacher label. So, I am in good company.

    God’s decision of me is more important than those who don’t agree with me on some issue.

  6. Travis says:

    Congratulations for finally making the list of COC false teachers. The way I see it, if you get called a false teacher, that must mean you are doing something right. I’ve yet to be called a false teacher, though I think its been muttered by many as they read my blog. Keep it up and be encouraged. Blogging is a way for us to freely share ideas. There are a few people out there who will not see it that way. Any attempts at dialogue and rethinking the status quo is seen as an assualt on the Diety Himself. But there are many of us who enjoy the exchange, enjoy people sharing contradicting beliefs, and enjoy learning from one another as we all try to make sense of the Christ life.

  7. Travis,

    Thanks brother. I told my wife about all of this, and she kind of laughed with me. It’s a shame, that our movement has gotten so stuck in this rut of stagnant thinking that we can’t ask tough questions. May it never be so! I am thankful for this on-going blog community dialogue that allows to wonder, and to express opinions and ideas. Keep up your though provoking blogs as well.

  8. ELIZABETH says:

    People who call you a “False Teacher” may be saying it because they don’t like what they hear. Nobody likes the light if they are in the dark. If what you are saying is the true gospel than you have nothing to worry about. Anyone who is “of the world” won’t like what you say. Hang in there!

  9. no says:

    People who call you a “False Teacher” may be saying it because they don’t like what they hear. Nobody likes the light if they are in the dark. If what you are saying is the true gospel than you have nothing to worry about. Anyone who is “of the world” won’t like what you say. Hang in there!

  10. no says:

    People who call you a “False Teacher” may be saying it because they don’t like what they hear. Nobody likes the light if they are in the dark. If what you are saying is the true gospel than you have nothing to worry about. Anyone who is “of the world” won’t like what you say. Hang in there!

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