Tuesday, June 27, 2017

CHEW BREAD; SPIT OUT THE YEAST

"You have to allow your kids to be themselves, learn for themselves, and you have to trust that God is going to train your children. I speak over my kids and pray, 'God, that you would train my kids,' because at the end of the day, my relationship with God is not their relationship with God. I have to trust God and let them figure it out on their own." - 
Copied 6/14/17 from a tweet posted 6/10/17 5pm
Editor's Note: This article is very painful for me to write. I did not go looking for the quote above, nor do I go looking for quotes that show such problems in the church. They just show up on my desk through various means and media.
There are many of my friends, and some of my family, who are attracted by and attached to the ones who put out this sort of nonsense, and they get upset whenever I try to point out the obvious deception. I've been criticized, labelled and black-balled for doing this, but the Word of God constrains me—
"Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching." (2Ti 4:2 NLT)
"All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right." (2Ti 3:16 NLT)
"Look to God's instructions and teachings! People who contradict his word are completely in the dark." (Isa 8:20 NLT) 
"This false teaching is like a little yeast that spreads through the whole batch of dough!" (Gal 5:9 NLT) 
Before I could write about this, I had to get past my anger when I first saw the opening quote. I could not believe what I was reading from a supposed leader of the Body of Christ! Hopefully, this article will come across with the concern that I truly have for those coming under the influence of the Deceiver.
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It has become painfully obvious that the question posed in the graphic to the left is usually considered as almost a non-sequitur in relation to mistakes in the teachings of today's leaders.

We have gone from a generation (my kids) who felt the necessity to "question everything" to a generation who question nothing. The very idea of questioning something is anathema to this generation of believers. The sad result is a variation of the Pied Piper theme that will eventually cause the destruction of many.

The ONLY way a statement like the one quoted can be accepted is that the reader absolutely does not know anything about the Bible. Or, as seems to be the case more and more these days, it doesn't matter what the Bible says as long as there is agreement with the sentiment presented.

This was a "tweet," which is the term used for the short bursts of words on a social media known as "Twitter."

We cannot defend this with the usual "taken out of context" argument. There is no context. Doesn't matter even if it is a quote from a book. There is NO context given; no reference to a quote from anywhere. Simply the thoughts of a leader posted for his followers to swallow.

Kool-Aid.

Except for the part about praying over his kids, the tweeter essentially said, "Leave your kids alone."

Maybe you've never heard that before, but it is a common theme of the world today—"Teacher, leave them kids alone." (Pink Floyd)

In deference to the "benefit of the doubt," I would like to assume that the thought of the tweet was a reaction to the overly-protected and overly-guided child of today.

Steve Nelson wrote in The Huffington Post, "Too many children in this generation are overprotected, over-programmed, and destined for safe, joyless lives. In our success-obsessed competitive society there is less and less time for children to be children. This is no accident, as there seems a similar decline in time or inclination for adults to be children." (11/01/2010)

Be that as it may, there is no justification for the lack of consideration of the Word of God in the tweet posted by a church leader.
"The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself brings his mother to shame." (Pro 29:15 KJV) (emphasis added)
 "And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up." (Deu 6:6-7 NLT) (emphasis added)
Aside from completely ignoring the teaching of scripture, there is the aspect of "just enough truth" to make the lie believable—ie, a little leaven.
"...because at the end of the day, my relationship with God is not their relationship with God."
Do you see it? While that statement is true in and of itself, it is not a justification for leaving the child to herself without guidance from someone who DOES have a relationship with God. Yet, it is precisely that which is listed as reason for letting them learn on their own.

It is a truth, sandwiched within the lie, which makes the whole thing believable. 

However, according to God's Word, that little bit of truth cannot in any way sanctify the lie being presented.


Is this just an isolated instance of a misguided thought?

No. 
Nope. 
Not at all.

It is simply more evidence of the deception being promoted by the thought leaders emanating from northern California.

Someone has said that we are to "take the good and spit out the bad."

Sounds nice; but try to apply that to the scriptural teaching. How are you going to chew a slice of bread and spit out the yeast?

The only remedy I see at this juncture is to "come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord." (2 Cor. 6:17; Rev. 18:4) That particular 'movement' has become a juggernaut that cannot be stopped. It is swallowing people right and left, promising them power with God, but all the while removing them from the intended purposes of the Savior. 

May this article be used help someone else find their way out of the morass hiding the quicksand of destruction.




4 comments:

  1. Believe it or not, I was thinking about this very thing a few days ago. I started a post, but discarded as I felt I wasn't saying it well enough.

    I remember when this started back in the 60s, so many of my generation decided that they weren't going to MAKE their children go to church. I had friends who said they would let them decide what religion they wanted when they grew up. At the time I wondered how would they even know how to make that decision?

    Those children who were supposed to decide are the parents of today's college students and young adults, and we can see where THAT got us.

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  2. Interesting........ and timely. Just this morning I sat two of my granddaughters down for 5 minutes and shared scripture about human nature and God's desire for us to deny it and allow Him to grow us out of it. I Pet 2:1,2 The importance of understanding and recognizing our human nature, with the goal of letting His milk of the Word grow us up. Thank you for this reminder, the importance of us teaching our children.

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