I’ve been blogging now for almost 18 month’s and for the most part I’ve enjoyed my time in the blogosphere. I enjoy researching and writing and I especially enjoy reading the various reactions from my readers. During the past couple of weeks I’ve started to notice a startling trend which I would like to share with you today….and that is the “double standard” that seems to exist amongst some of those claiming to be “watchmen” to the Body of Christ…….
The recent dust up between Richard Abanes and Ken Silva is a perfect example of what I’m talking about. Several bloggers including myself authored posts on this very volatile situation…..each of us attempting to weigh in biblically on what should or should not have taken place. One of the Scriptures that were used by the supporters of the Silva camp was Matthew 18:15-17. Silva’s supporters believe that Abanes violated this Scripture…..yet don’t believe that Silva violated this Scripture because Abanes violated it first. Here’s the Scripture;
15 “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. 16But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.
If your brother sins against you go to your brother alone. Clearly Abanes didn’t do this and clearly he should have. Instead he went to the ISP that hosted Silva’s site. At this point it was still a private matter between Abanes, Silva and the ISP. When Silva was informed of the complaint did he go to his brother? No he did not. The text says that Silva should have gone to his brother. Instead Silva went to the “church” via his soon to be taken down website and anyone with a modem and internet connection could learn all about this private matter…..Silva bypassed going to his brother and when that didn’t work out he is required by Scriptures to take two or three witnesses with him to confront Abanes…..he didn’t do that either. I left a comment stating as much on this blog post and received the following reply from Daniel Chew;
Pastor Ken broadcast this mess because the ISP threaten him with the removal of his website unless he removed that “offending” article. So there was real action involved which have implications for the entire issue of free speech as well. If Abanes would just threaten Pastor Ken, or slander him, then yes, he should have turn the other cheek. As for 1 Cor. 6 and Mt. 18, they do not apply since Abanes has already violated them in going after Pastor Ken.
So now it’s ok to violate Scripture if someone else violates it first. I wonder what would have happened if Abanes committed adultery with Silva’s wife….would it then be ok for Silva to do the same with Abanes’ wife? I wonder what Chew’s response would be then? “Abanes violated Scripture so the Scriptures don’t apply to Pastor Ken because Abanes violated them first”….I would hope Chew wouldn’t use this logic but one never knows anymore does one?
I was completely taken aback by this comment from Chew. The Scriptures say NOTHING about real action…..they don’t say it’s ok to violate Scripture because of the implications of Freedom of Speech…..the Scripture says go to your brother. The Scriptures don’t say it’s ok to violate Scripture because someone already violated them…..Scripture says to go to your brother.
I also made mention that I believed that Ken Silva disregarded the following;
Matthew 5:39 (ESV)
39 But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.
Imho Ken Silva didn’t turn the other cheek…instead he turned a private matter into a full fledged circus for the whole world to see….playing the role of the martyr to the hilt on various websites and radio programs. Naturally Daniel Chew and others fully supported “Pastor Ken” making Genesis 3 type excuses to defend their friend…..it’s been nearly two weeks and I’m still flabbergasted at the absurdity of it all.
Clearly there is a double standard here Brethren and one we can’t ignore. If we are to believe Daniel Chew’s interpretation of Scripture, that it’s ok to violate God’s Word as long as someone violates it first then why bother reading and adhering to God’s Word? We all sin and fall short of the glory of God and most of these sins are private and personal. Does this mean we can now sin against those who have sinned against us? If someone lies about you is it ok for you to then do the same in return? Heavens no!
This is the type of logic used by the world Brethren. We are in the world but we are not to be of the world and clearly both Richard Abanes and Ken Silva used worldly methods to confront sin. Silva supporters admonished Abanes for not adhering to Scripture yet looked the other way, making excuses and denying Scripture in order to make Ken Silva look like the innocent victim when in reality Silva is just as guilty of violating Scripture as Richard Abanes……maybe more so because Silva holds himself out as a “Pastor-Teacher”……
“Pastor- teachers” are supposed to know better (1 and 2 Timothy, Titus) aren’t they? Maybe “Pastor Ken” should spend less time pulling out the logs in others eyes and more time yanking out the beam in his….but considering recent events I doubt that will happen anytime soon…apparently Silva’s supporters will defend him no matter what he does so why should he…. this is disturbing on many levels.
What type of message are we sending to the Body Brethren? What would a new believer see when he looks at the interpretations of someone like Daniel Chew? Daniel Chew and others hold themselves out as “apologists” confidently pointing out the flaws of others doctrinal interpretations yet they struggle interpreting and correctly applying the milk of the word…how can they be trusted with the meat of the Word? Truly amazing!
Richard Abanes claims the reason he didn’t go to Ken Silva was because he knew from past experiences that Silva wouldn’t listen to him. It doesn’t absolve him but here’s a link regarding another Brother who has an issue with Ken Silva who actually followed Matthew 18 to the letter. I can only wonder how the Silva supporters will attempt to explain this one away…..have a look at the following link;
It appears, at least to me, that Ken Silva is unapproachable. Why not at least speak with the Brother? Why become evasive and defensive when another brother feels he has been offended? Why not at least allow another Brother to plead their case? Instead Silva went public about this matter just like he did with Richard Abanes and of course Silva’s supporters came to his defense. Big surprise huh?
Ken Silva is a “pastor”? I find that unbelievable. His conduct in each of the two matters I have shared is reprehensible and completely unbiblical. The fact that anyone supports Silva by covering up and making excuses for his failure to obey Scripture says quite a bit about the double standards being used and adhered to by certain people claiming to be “apologists” and “watchmen”….dontcha think?
I think Joe Martino hit the nail on the head when describing Silva and his supporters….team politics all the way. “Don’t do as I do, just do as I say” seems to be that team’s mantra….and I wouldn’t want to be on their team for all the money in the world…..would you?
Finally, double standards have no place in Christianity beloved. Chastising one Brother in the Lord for violating Scripture yet giving another Brother a free pass for violating the same Scripture is just plain unscriptural and is sending out a dangerous message to the Body of Christ.