God Commands That We Rebuke Error

CD,

I very much appreciate you taking a stand on this issue against Mark Driscoll. I am deeply offended by him, not only because of his clearly sexist attitude –demeaning women, but mostly because of the horrible way he has subjected the Lord and His Word, and the true, pure bride of Christ to public disgrace. What an outrage this should be! This man could not possibly love our pure Lord, our mighty God, who is so holy He cannot be in the presence of sin. Even a speck of sin (of action, thought, or word) is utterly abhorrent to God, and so should it be to any true follower of Christ.

If the Lord has spoken to you about your tone, fine. But be encouraged to remember the many times even Jesus spoke harsh words, took a whip, turned over money tables, and called Pharisees names. We see examples in Scripture of the apostles doing similar. We must be sure we are being led by the Holy Spirit, but we also need to guard against being pulled down by those who call, “Foul! You aren’t being loving!” No, the loving thing is to tell the truth; and proclaiming and defending necessary truth, which you are doing by exposing an unholy preacher of God’s Holy Word, can often be described, as it is in Acts 18:28 & 19:8, with “he vigorously refuted… in public debate…” and “spoke boldly… arguing persuasively…”

So, may the Lord give you strength to continue. And as the Lord commanded Paul in Acts 18:9, “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. For I am with you…”

And don’t forget what God said to Jeremiah in the first chapter. Notice verse 10: “See, today I appoint you… to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow…” That part is not fun; but it is very necessary, in order that the next part –“to build and to plant” can take the place of what had to be demolished. So, as God says to all His servants who stand at attention to obey Him immediately, “You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you.” (v. 7) Even if it doesn’t win popularity contests in this fallen world. But, dear brother, it does in the next “world.” Because we live to please One.

Keep on. Stay faithful. Some (the few) are listening. And thanking you.

Rachel

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~ by smilesback on November 7, 2009.

 
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