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.