Royce posted a comment · Nov 05, 2016
Good article. I too am concerned by these anonymous folks who far too often are novices, immature in the faith, and walking in disobedience themselves due to admittingly refusing to submit to leaders who can teach them and watch over their soul. Not to mention violating other Scriptures by advocating for division over non-essentials, etc. I had one interaction a few years ago that lasted some time with one who called themselves "The Last Hiker". What started out as truth soon became truth mixed with falsehoods, and outright lies, and then false teaching. And, just as you said, it became apparent that this was a disgruntled female who left a church because she couldn't get her way and then went so far as to actually say that "Jesus is calling His People out of the churches"!! A clear false teaching and violation of Scripture. Most disturbingly was the fact that it was overwhelmingly obvious this gal and set up herself as the god of her own little kingdom. SHE got to decide what was said or not said SHE got to decide who were citizens of her kingdom and who was banned. And, of course, she surrounded herself with others (mostly women) who praised her and fed her ego and teachings. An EXTREMELY dangerous practice. Unfortunately, in this age of technology and internet, I'm not sure there is a way to prevent these overnight, unqualified, novice, spiritually-immature preachers from getting behind their pulpits and collecting their own little group of followers. The problem is as much on the side of the followers who seek to hear what they wanna hear and latch on to follow someone that will praise them for agreeing with what was said. So both sides get the praise from others they seek while harboring an unteachable spirit. The other thing that amazes me, which you did not address (and I suspect outta humility) is the utter arrogance that some of these folks exist. For example, criticizing you with all your scholarly knowledge without any engagement on their part at all!! Do they ask questions to gather info before making accusations? No. Do they even consider that just MAYBE you might know a little bit more than they do about the Bible and what God says? No. Then, lastly, they make statements that on there very face discredit themselves on their own. For example, in the comment by "Amy" which you replied to she says, "Now you are disparaging writers who love the sheep and who take no pay but a lot of heat for lovingly warning the sheep about the NAR." When did God decide to share His attribute of Omniscience with anyone - let alone Amy? If these people are "anonymous", how does she know who they are? How does she know they "love the sheep? How does she know none of them take any money? And how does what she's doing and her attitude fit with 1st Tim. 2:11-12?? And then there's that little fiery dart - "You probably say I'm not credible..." Now who throws fiery darts? But hey, "other sheep take her research seriously". Which proves my point above. Perhaps Amy and the others would do better to focus their energies on being what God has called them to be instead of being, as you said, the self-appointed policemen called to set the Body right.
Notannonymous posted a comment · Oct 28, 2016
I'm not anonymous, nor was I "nasty" by any stretch of the imagination last week when I asked you about covering the New Apostolic Reformation with Bill Johnson. After several of your tweets directly to me telling me why you couldn't respond to me directly on social media, and urging me to call your radio program, you told me you had "no other choice but to block" me. I watched many of your Twitter followers and several credible bloggers ask you the same questions about lending credibility to a false teacher, and you treated them the same way. Now you are disparaging writers who love the sheep and who take no pay but a lot of heat for lovingly warning the sheep about the NAR. We write extensively about this counterfeit NAR movement, and many Christians are now aware of its dangers because of our information. Yet you refer to this movement as, "so-called." You'd probably say I'm not credible, but other sheep take my research seriously, and many have come away from the NAR wounded but with their eyes opened to the massive deception which obliterates the sufficiency of Scripture. My blogs are: Berean Research Berean Examiner Aspreeman.com Naomi's Table Sincerely in Christ Jesus, Amy Spreeman