Sunday, 12 April 2015

Beware of so-called discernment ministries and the truth movement

Truth movements and discernment ministries are often very proud and self-righteous, assuming they are theological experts. Like Stand up for the Truth for example. They assume that hatred or attacks against them automatically means they are doing the right thing. They are proud of being attacked is if this itself meant they were doing the right thing.

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The Irony of ‘Truth Movement’ of Christendom

There is one thing I have realised after listening to some episodes from Stand Up for the Truth is this: truth is not the ultimate virtue.

Stand Up for the Truth states on its website that:

“We invite nationally renowned experts and leaders as guests to talk about trends and topics most others won’t touch: The Emergent Movement, New Age Christianity, Social Justice, Universalism in our churches and schools, and the blending of different faiths with Christianity that has quietly seeped into our beliefs without many Christians even being aware of it. These are just a few of the major issues that we believe we (and you) should be talking about!
Two points about this show that are a big deal: First, we don’t claim to have all the answers. We’re not biblical experts or theologians–we’re just two people passionate about God and His Church who happen to have microphones. Second–and most importantly–we point you to the Word of God as the only authority on absolute Truth.”

I am not condemning it, but it seems only concerned with exposing evils, without sharing the Gospel. Note how they speak about pointing to the Truth, without showing love. These are the sought of people who I believe will make unsaved people resent Christianity even more than they already do because it is a loveless truth-seeking-only movement, that relies on one’s human strength rather than seeking God’s strength because it has no love.

I have listened to several of their episodes and they seem, in my opinion, to be more concerned with truth than the ultimate virtue: love. After being exposed to the false humility of one of the hosts, Amy Spreeman, I developed a strong resistance against the show. Stand Up appears to be session for discussing these false doctrines without reaching out to the unsaved. It seems as though this radio session provides a safe and comfortable place to criticise the unsaved. Even when they speak about sharing the Gospel with the unsaved to pull them out of the fire, it seems that they are doing it with an aim to do good works by speaking the truth, rather than out of LOVE. I believe they are under the spirit of religion, manifested in the form of truth-seeking-only, without sharing the Gospel from the heart.

1 Corinthians 13:1-3 tells us that “If I have no love, I am nothing” and “if I have not love, I gain nothing”. When one has love, one will rejoice in truth for ‘love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth” (1 Corinthians 13:6). However, when one seeks for truth without love, it becomes a godless pursuit of truth, one that manifests in self-righteousness, judgmentalism and hypocrisy.

Stand Up is only an example of believers involved in the so-called ‘Christian Truth Movement’. It is interesting how it does not track the ‘Truth Movement’ as it does with other movements because it prides itself on seeking truth more than others.

If one has no love, one is nothing. Seeking truth is a product of love. Love is not the product of seeking truth (1 Corinthian 13:6). It is only when one loves will one seek truth in a godly way, not one done through one’s own human flesh which is proud and boastful (1 Corinthians 13:4; Galatians 5:17) for the flesh opposes the Spirit, and love is a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22). Love is not proud or boastful (1 Corinthians 13:4).