I believe that it's important to discern any teaching, doesn't matter who it is. Interesting enough, I listened to Joel today and he gave a sermon that was incorrect with the story of Jacob and Laban. Both Tony and I picked it up. My nose crinkled and I went and grabbed the bible and I said, "wait that's not what happened". It turned out, a part of his sermon was incorrect, yet I didn't throw Joel out in the waste water, because I'm reminded of this scripture:
Philippians 1:15-18 New King James Version (NKJV)
Some indeed preach Christ even from envy and strife, and some also from goodwill: The former preach Christ from selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my chains; but the latter out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel. What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is preached; and in this I rejoice, yes, and will rejoice.
Not that I believe in anyway that Joel is preaching anything other than a love for Christ and his gift of encouragment. He just mixed up the story a little. I don't believe it was his intent to mislead anyone, just simply an error.
At the same time, there are false teachers with the intent to control others and create power. Take a look at Jim Jones, I'm still absolutely confused how he could have convinced 909 people to drink poison, all in the name of our heavenly father.
I have also personally experienced being thrown out in the waste water. I know that when I blog, I am sharing my experience with Christ. Perhaps it is not completely scriptural and with no ill will intentions. God willing people are discerning what they read, and perhaps I should study it before I write, but I know in my heart, I share the message I do in hopes that in some small way, my imperfect life and God's perfection will somehow be reflected in some way to help someone. I don't make a profit and I have very few friends...so I don't know any other reason I share a message with my blog, other than I feel it's a gift I may have (however small of a gift)...and to share the hope of Christ.
But even in my darkest moment in life, and writing about how Christ redeemed me from adultery and suicide as well as gave me salvation, I had a nice article drawn up about my book, actually bashing me and explaining how psycho I was...sad really. I wrote this book, working through every emotion I had, in mass depression, hiding in my house for years, crying every day and through Christ, not medication, I was set free from it...yet, was it all in perfect scripture and action? Highly doubtful. I was a mess, but I was growing and maturing everyday. It was an honest book, it was my experience with Christ, it was my testimony, my salvation moment. With that, someone, I have never met, took it and threw me to the wolves. Even holding it up to a Christian college to discredit me. What I know for sure is that with all my heart I loved Jesus and all my heart believed that demonic influence was present and all my heart believed Jesus saved me.
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I don't have all the answers in life, but I know that we must all trust Christ and believe that in all our imperfections....He can still see our hearts.