“Beware of ‘those’ false teachers, but ‘these’ false teachers are okay.” Huh?

One of the more enjoyable aspects of Christian blogging is being able to read the inspiring, informative, and creative writing of my fellow believing bloggers. However, I purposely limit the number of bloggers I follow because I try to read all of the incoming posts and there’s only so many hours in the day.

I’ve followed and subsequently unfollowed many bloggers over the years. I realize that few if any Christian bloggers are going to align exactly with all of my beliefs on secondary and tertiary doctrines, but there are some things that I can’t abide with and I can’t lend my support to by following a Christian blogger who propagates such things.

Case in point. I recently began following a blogger I’ll name “Mike” who I came across while reading the comments section of a post by another blogger. Back in mid-November, Mike posted an article warning about false teachers and false teachings, specifically citing the name-it-and-claim-it prosperity gospelers, Kenneth Copeland, Joel Olsteen, Benny Hinn, Joyce Meyer, and Paula White. Amen! Yup, all five individuals are definitely false teachers.

A week later, Mike published another post decrying denominational divisions and the lack of unity amongst “Christians.” Hmm. I hold the view that genuine believers are quite united by our faith in Jesus Christ and the Gospel of salvation by God’s grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone despite secondary and tertiary differences. I see that unity demonstrated every day here at WordPress. I’m wary of Christians who decry doctrinal distinctives and appeal to a shallow unity according to a nebulous “We all just love Jesus” bottom line.

A couple of days after that, Mike published another post criticizing Christian sectarianism generally and “prejudice” against Catholics specifically. I certainly don’t support hatred or dislike of Catholics. I was a Roman Catholic for twenty-seven years and most of my family and friends still are Catholic. However, the Roman Catholic church unabashedly and unapologetically teaches a false gospel of sacramental grace and merit and Gospel Christians should never accommodate the RCC or compromise with it. Lest anyone think I’m making a mountain out of a molehill regarding the aforementioned posts, I searched Mike’s archives using the word, “Catholic,” and immediately found a post from August 15th extolling full-bore ecumenism with the RCC.

It’s very clear that Mike views the RCC as a Christian entity. His mid-November post warning about false teachers is ironic and incongruous in retrospect, seeing that he easily embraces the false teachers of Roman Catholicism. Why the disconnect? The acceptable group-think/herd-mentality consensus within conservative evangelicalism these days is that, yes, the Mormons, the Jehovah’s Witnesses, and the prosperity shysters preach false gospels, but somehow the RCC’s false gospel of salvation by sacramental grace and merit is fine and any objection is a sign of uncharitable “sectarianism.” This lack of discernment within evangelicalism is beyond alarming.

I unsubscribed to Mike’s blog because I can’t support his ecumenical propaganda. That kind of tolerance and acceptance of RC error is a misguided and ill-informed leaven that’s rampant throughout evangelicalism these days. Nope, I’m not trying to be the “who you can and can’t follow” blog police. Every Christian blogger must decide for themselves what they can and can’t support by “following” a particular blogger and “liking” their error-filled posts.

Postscript: I noticed that a staunch Roman Catholic blogger whom I have debated several times in the past lent her hearty “Amen” to the first three posts referred to above. If you’re an evangelical blogger and Roman Catholic bloggers are consistently “Amen-ing” your posts, then you’re not enunciating the Gospel clearly enough.

25 thoughts on ““Beware of ‘those’ false teachers, but ‘these’ false teachers are okay.” Huh?

  1. Fascinating post. I have been pondering this all morning. I have often wondered why God has allowed the RCC to get away with all the things they do in which they mock His Name and lead people astray. I am thankful that God will hold all those who distort, twist and abuse His Word accountable.

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    1. Thanks, Mandy. This topic boggles my mind. At least with some of the prosperity gospelers, there’s a chance that the genuine Gospel is going to be presented (intermixed with the “seed faith” pitch), but there’s zero chance a person is going to hear the genuine Gospel at a Roman Catholic mass. To call out the prosperity gospelers while endorsing the RCC makes absolutely no sense. Most people aren’t aware of the doctrinal differences (including the irreconcilable views on justification) and don’t want to know.

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  2. Interesting post and observations. I agree that one is unlikely to find someone who exactly matches up with everything we personally agree with but I’ve always thought that because of Church history, one would, by default, have to become conversant with the RCC and at least gain a basic overview of why the Reformation took place. I would have a tendency to classify that as “required reading” but evidently such is not the case anymore. And then of course, once you do get into it, the “prior to” and the “all after”, also become “required reading”. The province of Quebec here in Canada was literally “ruled” by the RCC for many years and there are many lessons to learn from that exposure. Christian history is in my estimation a “required” study subject because it shows you what happens when unquestioned power and authority are exercised by men, regardless of their doctrinal Christian leanings. On the other side of the coin, I have been exposed to some very Christ centered Christians within the RCC, who in my estimation, are where they are, in spite of. I’ve learned to be careful about making assumptions on people within the RCC but advocate Biblical doctrines vice RCC sacraments and traditions. Then of course, we have the papacy and the priesthood, which is a whole other ball of wax. I can tell you that I gained a new appreciation for twisting of Scripture when I read through some of the trials that took place, as exercised by the RC Church against Protestant leaning Christians. That was a real eye opener. Some of those Jesuit Church lawyers were very intelligent and outright brutal. Lessons learned there were: know your Bible, do your homework and grasp the interlinking necessity of their unquestioned authority. Deadly stuff. Anyway. I’m starting to digress here, excellent post! Blessings.

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    1. Thanks for the comments, Bruce! There is a danger in apologetics of painting with a very broad brush. A person might conclude that I’m arguing that all Catholics are unsaved simply because they are Roman Catholics. I realize that a number of Roman Catholics have trusted in Jesus Christ as Savior, although they did so in spite of their church’s standard doctrines and not because of them. The Holy Spirit will use God’s Word to draw them out of error. The doctrines of the RCC and Gospel Christianity are irreconcilable.
      I appreciated your comments on church history. Few people these days know about the abuses of the RCC in league with civil authorities in Catholic-controlled countries/territories like Quebec. Famous convert to Catholicism, John Henry Cardinal Newman’s famous remark about church history, “To be deep in history is to cease to be Protestant,” is often quoted by Catholics, but I’ve found the exact opposite to be true.

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      1. Re: To be deep in history is to cease to be Protestant

        LOL! That’s just pontificating by Newman. So why did he have to come up with the “development of doctrine” LOL!

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      2. Yeah, Catholics dichotomously boast of the RCC being “Semper eadem” (always the same) while simultaneously recognizing Newman’s “development of doctrine” was the actual reality.

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    1. Thanks, Joseph. I’m glad RC teachings are not being promoted at your church. I’m guessing that most churches that are open towards ecumenism with Rome are subtle and don’t push specific Catholic authors, websites, etc., but will cite pope Francis as a “brother in Christ” or Mother Teresa as an exemplary Christian. There are evangelical churches farther down the ecumenical road that offer classes in Ignatian spiritual exercises and books by or about the Catholic mystics. I attended a small Southern Baptist church for a year and the young pastor was quite outspoken in his admiration for Thomas Aquinas, G.K. Chesterton, Malcolm Muggeridge, Peter Kreeft, and other Catholics.

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      1. I’m happy to hear there is a good degree of discernment at your church. As part of a 2015 survey, a large sample of evangelical pastors was asked whether pope Francis was a brother in Christ. 58 percent believed that pope Francis was a fellow Christian and a “brother in Christ,” while another 19 percent responded that they were not sure. Only 23 percent did not agree.

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    1. 👋🏻
      I think you need to admonish me, Pastor! I’m still whining about that car ride to Auburn yesterday. Today, I actually enjoyed sitting in the car for two hours with the engine running (wife’s MD appt.) while reading a book on ecumenism with Rome.

      How is your Friday going in sunny SoCal?

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      1. Friday is going well, over at my parents and we had a big talk about everything. Gotta prepare for a special discipleship online with someone who really want to get into Van Til’s apologetics in about 5 hours, have to finish the reading between all my errands! About to go to my church to get our gifts for the youths that we got a few months ago before the virus that we now plan to give away this upcoming week as a gift to kids who we haven’t been able to see this whole time so their family don’t forget about our church! LA traffic coming right up! HOpe to get some readings done lol

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      2. Wow! You’ve got a busy-afternoon evening! Glad you were able to have a good talk with your folks! I said a prayer for them. Lord bless the rest of your activities in the afternoon-evening.

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    1. Thanks, Crissy. I just completed a book that was a compilation of articles by evangelical authors about ecumenism with Rome and they all made the same point about many/most who claim to be “evangelicals” having a very shallow understanding of doctrine and church history. That said, many of the “laity” are blindly following the ecumenical lead of pastors, theologians, and para-church leaders who “should” know better (including a few of the contributors to the book).

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