In my last posting “Don’t Hate the Player Hate the Game” I discussed how we as Christian blogger’s should deal with people in the comments box. My dear friend and Brother Yomi Adegboye made mention that exposing the wolves and their false doctrines shouldn’t be considered “playa hatin’….and he’s absolutely correct….
I have been accused by many of hating the subjects on this site. I’m told that my language is too strong or I don’t use enough Scripture to prove my points. They say I shouldn’t be sarcastic and I should stop all the “name calling” Today I’m going to demonstrate for you some biblical examples that what I’m doing isn’t hating but doing what the Bible calls us to do…
Here are some colorful descriptions of false teachers found in Scripture. (All Scripture is ESV)
Wolves (Matthew 7:11, Matthew 10:16, Luke 10:3, Acts 20:29)
Evil beasts (Titus 1:12)
Whitewashed tombs (Matthew 23:27)
Vipers (Matthew 3:7, Matthew 12:34, Matthew 23:33, Luke 3:7)
Hypocrites (Matthew 15:7, Matthew 22:18, Matthew 23:13)
Fools (Matthew 23:17)
Deceivers (Titus 1:10, 2John 1:7)
Cursed (Matthew 25:41)
Notice who was doing most of the “name calling”? Jesus. If you understand Greek then you would know how strong those words are. Call a Greek a hypocrite or a whitewashed tomb and you will most likely get punched in the nose. Far worse then calling someone a clown I assure you. The next time you accuse me of player hating for calling someone a clown you’d better say the same thing to Jesus….and remember He was blameless and sinless.
Now I know that some of you will say that I claim to be blameless and sinless….I’m not saying that. What I am saying is that if Jesus could say these things and it wasn’t a sin for Him then why are you accusing me of “player hating” when I do it? Jesus wasn’t calling the laity names but the teachers….keep the following in mind;
James 3:1 ESV
Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.
Teachers will be judged with greater strictness. If you read the Scriptures I provided then you will see that Jesus and His disciples directed their harshest rebukes toward the teachers of the day…particularly for the false teachers. What does it mean to reprove and rebuke?
1) to convict, refute, confute
a) generally with a suggestion of SHAME of the person convicted
b) by conviction to bring to the light, to expose to bring to the light
2) to find fault with, correct
a) by word
1) to reprehend SEVERELY, chide, admonish, reprove
2) to call to account, show one his fault, demand an explanation
b) by deed
1) to chasten, to punish
To tax with fault, rate, chide, rebuke, reprove, censure severely
a) to admonish or charge sharply
2Timothy 4:2-4 ASV (emphasis mine)
Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; REPROVE, REBUKE, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
So, we should expose rebuke and reprove….but can we do this by using only strong rhetoric? I think Paul summed it up fairly well for us. He instructs us to use sound doctrine to reprove rebuke and exhort. Doctrine is harsh. It is an offense but it isn’t player hating…..in fact it’s quite the opposite.
As a professional tennis instructor I reserve the harshest criticisms for the ones I care about the most. If I say nothing to them or don’t attempt to ever correct them then it’s painfully obvious I don’t care about them. When I see so-called Christian leaders like Ray Comfort refusing to rebuke and reprove WoF wolves I see a man who simply doesn’t care about them….that’s player hating people.
Failing to correct is player hating…..but criticism without correction is player hating. I’m fairly certain that I have attempted to use sound doctrine to go along with my strong rebuke with every wolf I have exposed here on this site. If I haven’t then you let me know and I’ll do my best to correct that because I don’t want to be a player hater.
I’ve seen sites where authors of blog posts totally rip on Paula White. They talk about her airplane, her surgeries, her hair, speculate on whom she’s dating yet don’t even attempt to correct her using sound doctrine…that’s player hating and goes against what Paul instructed Timothy and us to do. If your site claims a desire to warn others then you had better use sound doctrine to go along with your personal criticisms or your warnings will fall on deaf ears….and most likely you will make an enemy of the very people you are claiming to warn.
So do the right things when you blog. Go right ahead and be harsh or sarcastic or whatever toward the false teachers….there are plenty of biblical examples of this. Just make sure you attempt to correct while you’re criticizing with sound doctrine or you will be guilty of player hating which is totally unbiblical and not very Christ like.
Don’t Hate the Player Hate the Game Brethren!!