J’accusé!!

 

‘Heresy Hunters’ In The American Church

 

Wherefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and make manifest the counsels of the hearts; and then shall each man have his praise from God.

(1Co 4:5)

 

During a turbulent period in French history 'J’accusé' was a mighty cry against the old government and anyone who uttered these words had the power to have condemned essentially, anyone he wanted to. The accused were, after a mock trial, sent either to languish in prison or sent to the guillotine, to have their heads chopped off.  This sort of  ‘I accuse’ is a dangerous concept both for the world at large and the Church in particular. This site has been careful, very careful not to accuse individuals by name of either being false or being in league with the Devil, either directly or by insinuation.  This is not the ministry God has given me, nor frankly is it a ministry that I would want. Accusing the brethren, or at least those who name the name of Christ, is a very serious matter. Many, many people, especially Christians and most especially Christians on the Internet, do it. Many times these accusations are baseless, other times they may have some basis in fact, and other times there is a strong foundation to the accusations. Yet in most cases the accusation are extremely one sided. They do not take into account any refutations or explanations that the accused may have. Often, they read like the rantings of Churchmen from the Middle Ages as they sought to destroy any who would not follow them, their own pet doctrines for their own narrow interests. They would not cast the mote out of their own eyes so that they could see clearly to take out the speck in their brother’s eyes.

 

It is true that there are so many false doctrine and lies being spread by ministers who believe and are teaching doctrines of devils. This, any true Christian can see just as surely as he can see the sun rise in the morning. It is obvious and I certainly do not deny it.  There are dangerous trends taking place in Modern Christianity and these trends need to be taken to task, exposed for God’s flock to see. Yet there are some problems and pitfalls with this. Christ makes it plain that we are not to judge people before the time and yet there are many people who are doing just that. By calling others ‘demonic’, ‘new-age’, ‘evil deceivers’, they are walking on a dangerous road. This is going on day and night in so-called Christian circles by many who claim to be Christ’s ministers. Yet the scriptures give some pretty stern warnings about judging others. Jesus himself stated clearly that we are to Judge not, lest we be judged.

 

Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.

(Mat 7:1-5)



That does not mean we should accept false doctrines, or have our heads empty of sound doctrine and say ‘God Bless you’ to those that hold it. On the contrary, we should never accept clearly false doctrines, but before we go calling some one a false teacher there are some things we should remember.



Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them that are causing the divisions and occasions of stumbling, contrary to the doctrine which ye learned: and turn away from them.

(Rom 16:17)

Paul here is telling us however that there are actions that we should take when dealing with those who do not hold to sound doctrine. In short we are to shun them. Additionally, there were those in Paul’s day, as there are today, who are just there to cause divisions, set brother against brother and be a source of conflict. There are those that intentionally cause divisions and put stumbling blocks before many. These kinds of people are not to be listened to. Paul also discusses sound doctrine and tells us to mark those who refuse to adhere to it. What kinds of sound doctrine is Paul referring to? Well here is just one example.

But shun profane babblings: for they will proceed further in ungodliness, and their word will eat as doth a gangrene: or whom is Hymenaeus an Philetus; men who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already, and overthrow the faith of some. Howbeit the firm foundation of God standeth, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his: and, Let every one that nameth the name of the Lord depart from unrighteousness.

(2Ti 2:16-19)

 

Paul picks out a specific, fundamental doctrine and lays it out for all to see. Someone was preaching that the resurrection was already past. This was clear heresy. Here, Paul, with his Apostolic Anointing let the Church know what a terrible error this was and describes it to them appropriately.

 

Now here is a point that must be made here. I know of no one here on earth today that has such an Apostolic anointing. In short, if there are real genuine apostles living today, that Christ calls apostles, they are unknown to me. Yes, many claim to be, but a claim is far from reality. Paul takes the time out to mention names of the heretics and warns the Church about their doctrine. This is an important example of what those who are in authority should do with sound doctrine. The real problem is that there are many, many so-called prophets and prophetesses, so called Pastors and Elders, that are not enduring sound doctrine who then turn around and accuse those who are teaching the truth of being false. In the above-mentioned verse, we see that Paul makes it clear that the LORD knows those who are his and this is the ultimate authority and test. There was almost certainly a power struggle going on the early Church at the time and others wanted to undermine Paul’s work and thus divide God’s flock. Paul states here simply and with authority that the LORD knows those who are his. In other worlds those who follow after the false teachers will be made manifest in due course and the real flock will endure sound doctrine.

 

There are foundational doctrines that must be adhered to. There are other doctrines that frankly many like to make as foundational and are not. Others like to accuse other minters who may see Christ’s truth from a slightly different perspective than they themselves do or have been given a revelation from God that others for one reason or another cannot or will not accept, especially if such an acceptance harms their revenues. Others just like to be controversial so that they can show how ‘spiritual’ they are by pointing out the shortcomings of others. They want their own followers so that they can take their money from them or prance about in spiritual pride to show off how many followers they have. Others do not engage in the name calling and the common ‘heresy hunting’ because this is not an authority that an ordinary saint is endowed with. There are ministers who have a special Apostolic anointing and can and are called to do these things. Others think they have this anointing and do not. This is very dangerous, because, if one truly does not have the authority in Christ, then they could very well fall into a dangerous trap, laid by the devil himself. When someone calls another Christian Demonic or New-Age or an Occultist, and that person (the accused) really does belong to Christ, such statements border on a very serious form of blasphemy. Because the LORD himself was called demon possessed by the religious leaders of his time. Christ warned them in one of the most solemn warnings in scripture.

 

Therefore I say unto you, Every sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men; but the blasphemy against the Spirit shall not be forgiven. And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him; but whosoever shall speak against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, nor in that which is to come.

(Mat 12:31-32)

 

Notice that the Pharisees of Christ’s day did not directly rail against the Holy Spirit, they simply called Christ demon possessed. They were so blinded by their hatred that they refused to or were unable to see Christ’s Divine nature, but rather called that nature demonic. This is a solemn warning to all Christians and non-Christians alike. If a person is really speaking for Christ and doing his will and is filled with the Holy Spirit, and another calls that person ‘of the devil’, that person who accuses the REAL Christian is in far graver danger that most people really understand.

 

Pointing fingers at others on the Internet has done so much damage to Christianity. People are always mocking Christians because we can never seem to agree about anything. We accuse, condemn, call names, utter anathema’s as though we all possess an apostolic anointing.

 

We do not.

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But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at naught thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God. Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother's way.

(Rom 14:10-13)

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Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge. There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?

(Jam 4:11-12)



Most Christians have so little real biblical understanding that they have no business teaching anybody anything at anytime whatsoever, yet they are out there, bringing great dishonor on the Christ who died and shed his blood to save us all. This is a very serious problem that I have observed in the so-called ‘remnant’ movement. There is a real rebellion against clear biblical authority and a judgmental and accusatory spirit that permeates American Christians in these times. Anyone with any real biblical knowledge knows how much real care should be taken when dealing with others who name the name of the LORD. It is easy to condemn others with the limited understanding that we all posses. None of has the full story on all of the mysteries hidden in Christ or a full understanding of all doctrine or prophecy. Anyone who says he does or thinks he does is deceiving himself. Yet there are those who refuse wise counsel, and will continue on in their self-proclaimed ‘ministries’ that accuse others without giving the accused the opportunity to defend their doctrines or REPENT if they discover they are wrong. This, I believe comes from a cowardice that refuses to confront those whom one accuses. We should be bold when asking questions of others about their doctrines and if a person refuses to repent of the clearly false doctrine then we should shun them and have nothing to do with them.

 

I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; 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.

(2Ti 4:1-4)

 

In this verse Paul specifically exhorts Titus, who Paul himself (an Apostle) ordained as an elder as he had many others (Titus 1:5). He was specifically charges with teaching sound doctrine. This verse is often quoted as being for every Christian. Well, it would be nice if all Christians were mature enough for such a job, but most are not. Paul gives this charge to an elder, not to all Church members. Indeed, Paul even limited the scope of his (Titus') powers of rebuke. He tells him not to rebuke an elder (someone older or another anointed church office holder) but to entreat him as a father. (Tit 5:1) So even here an elder has some responsibility to those who are older than him. The book of Titus, if one takes the time to actually read it, is a kind of a ‘how to run a Church’ mini-manual. It contains instructions for everything from what to do with widow’s, young and old; what kind of people to put in authority, etc. It is written more with the idea of how an elder/pastor should run a true Church and the specific authority that is granted to such a person and his responsibility to his flock and to Christ.

 

The reason so many people quote this verse incorrectly is because the Church is no longer modeled in the fashion God’s Holy Apostles commanded. Everyone wants to make his or her own little fiefdom and cannot or will not fall under the complete authority of Christ and follow ALL of his commandments.



But I permit not a woman to teach, nor to have dominion over a man, but to be in quietness. For Adam was first formed, then Eve; and Adam was not beguiled, but the woman being beguiled hath fallen into transgression: but she shall be saved through her child-bearing, if they continue in faith and love and sanctification with sobriety.

(1Ti 2:12-15)



I know I am going to get hit with a blizzard of hate mail now, but the scriptures are clear as to the position of women in the Church. These things are not politically correct to talk about today in the secularized American Church. Women in America have gained many rights through much struggle. However, the issue here is not what is going on in the world but how those who are called out of the world behave. Yet God’s Apostle is telling us something here that is important. Women, in Church are not to speak or exercise authority. This is NOT my doctrine it is the Docrtine Of Jesus Christ and his Holy Apostle. This teaching is confirmed elsewhere in Scripture.

 

Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church. What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only? If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.

(1Co 14:34-37)

 

This is heavy stuff here. We have to decide weather to let the world dictate how to run the Church or let Christ do it. You see the issue is whose authority are we under. This is a hard saying and a Commandment. Many will have to go and find justifications, explanations and excuses for this and try to explain these verses away.

 

They are free to do so, as there are many ways to explain these verses away to make them have no effect. I am not going to do that, for there is a very heavy price for disobeying Christ's Commandments.

 

The real issue is that the Church is not doing what Christ commanded. This is not to dishonor females nor is it a ‘slam’ against women. Women have played a vital role in God’s redemptive plan, they have been used mightily by God in the past and will be used in the future. But God set up rules and ordinances for his Church and woe unto us if we do not obey them. Women have an honored place in Christ and in the Church, but that place is not in authority over a man. They are to be under obedience (Sujection). Paul then goes all the way back to Adam and eve to make his point. He gives the reason that woman is to be under subjection to a man, it is because she was the one deceived by Satan. The Curse that God but on Woman was this.

 

Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.

(Gen 3:16)

 

Now this is not what American women want to hear. Many will contend that God has given them ‘special’ ministries and that they are an exception. While I will not argue I will only say that they are going to have to find some verses, in the New Testament that contradict these clear Apostolic commandments.

 

Now there are ministries for Women, in Titus, the Older women were to teach the younger ones

 

The aged women likewise, that they be in behavior as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

(Tit 2:3-5)

 

I find that this (a woman's position in the Church) is no little problem in the Church today. Those who hold another doctrine are frankly, in rebellion. For women to accuse a minister of the Gospel is wrong. What spirit is it that usurps the authority of a man? If one looks closely at the life a woman in 1st Kings (chapter 21) you will find that she too usurped the authority of a man and bore false witness against an innocent man and then went so far as to commit murder because of covetousness. Another Woman, in the new testament, of the same name was also in a TEACHING ministry and was rebuked by the LORD himself for teaching false doctrine.

 But I have this against thee, that thou sufferest the woman Jezebel, who calleth herself a prophetess; and she teacheth and seduceth my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed to idols.

(Rev 2:20)


First, she called HERSELF and Prophetess (the LORD did not call her one). Second, she was teaching in the Church, Something that Christ's Apostles forbade and she brought the entire Church of Thyatira into disrepute with the LORD with her false doctrine. However the entire Church was in error because they allowed it. Her errors were severe, teaching to people to commit fornication and eating foods sacrificed to Idols.

Women, if you are in ministry be absolutely certain that it is God who put you there and take heed when you accuse one of God’s ministers, especially men in ministry. I do not see anywhere in scripture where that authority belongs to women and if another spirit is telling you that you do have that authority you had better be sure to what spirit you are listening to! Yes, I do believe that woman may have healing ministries, and even in certain very, limited instances, prophetic ministries, but this is just my own personal belief. I believe that those ministries as with all ministries must fall under the total authority of scripture, otherwise it is a false ministry, no matter how sincere the minister may be. One can be sincerely wrong. Some women will not submit to a man's authority no matter how holy that man is or how sound their doctrine. This is almost certainly because of simple self will and rebellion, in short it is the spirit of Jezebel.



Finally, let me stress again that God has always honored women, he has blessed them and to his eternal Glory, he has used many a mighty woman of God. The word God has given me in this matter is not given to discourage or frustrate those women who labor in the fields of the LORD, rather it is an exhortation.

But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: And whosoever of you will be the chiefest shall be servant of all. For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

(Mar 10:42-45)


Women of God, the highest place in the kingdom is as a servant of the brethren. Blessed are all, men and women who grasp this 'kingdom concept'.


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The Judge is at the door. I am not a judge of other men. I will judge doctrine and make sure that my own doctrine is sound. I know how to study to show myself approved. I, unlike the Christians of the first century, have many Bibles at home, including some fantastic computer bible tools that are truly a God-send. I do not believe it is wise to judge any man (or woman) before the time, there are things that we do not fully understand and that God is not going to reveal to us until the time is right, our heart is right and we take the time to study out for ourselves and obey his commandants, especially the politically incorrect ones.

 

I exhort all to heed these words carefully. Judging another man’s servant, especially by name is not what most of us Christians are called to do. Christ does give that authority to a very select few but that does not include most of us and it certainly does not include me.  I do not even consider myself a teacher in the LORD, I am a Bible student who shares what he has learned with others. I have learned to sit back and let God, through is son, Jesus Christ deal with his own house his way. It is he and he alone that is the Lord of his own house. I am just an unworthy servant.

 Finally, I want to share this little verse that the LORD gave to me while I was writing this:

 Then shalt thou call, and the LORD shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity; (underlining mine)

(Isa 58:9)

Do you want your prayers answered and wondered why your prayers are hindered?

The above verse may hold the key. Accusing others is not your job. It is the job of the accuser of the brethren, Satan. You are welcome to be his aide, but if you join his kingdom you cannot be part of Christ’s. There are instances where Apostles and elders have the authority to deal with heretics. But unless you have been ordained by the laying on of hands by those whom Christ calls an Apostle, prayerful silence is the wiser course if action.