Can I Talk About Influencers Who Portray Being A False Christian?

God has been directing my focus to influencers. I’ve sort of talked about Christian influencers, especially singers. I admit what I shared, in the beginning, was mainly my opinion about the truth of what I had found out. I share my opinions too much. This has been something God has been showing me in addition to some other things He has been revealing and having me think over deeply.

As you may remember, I was learning about gossip, and since writing my posts…

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Gossip is something I’ve really been looking at.

When we discuss something: 

  • Is it truthful
  • Is it needed
  • Is it kind
  • Would we say it to the person we are discussing?

I’m conflicted regarding wolves in sheep’s clothing. These truths are scattered in the Bible, and not hidden. Topics definitely need to be discussed, but ones to be discussed properly.

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Now, names of particular fallen individuals being listed are less in scripture and tended to only be named when the writer knew the reader was closely aware/associated with said named individuals. Christ Himself, I don’t believe, called out specific individuals in scripture (rather, groups).

I see two sides in discussing this. Some people encourage me to be vocal about these truths of people falling away or backing away from embracing being a follower of Christ. Others encourage me to pray for individuals, and maybe reach the individual privately.

Here is where I am conflicted.

I think we are called to do both WHEN a public individual has a large following (hundreds, thousands, hundreds of thousands) because then an individual’s actions are not only affecting one or two people but many…

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Christian blogger understand YOU ARE AN INFLUENCER! If we have social media of any sort in which we have a following (does not matter if you have 1 or 100,000) we are an influencer. Everyone has a voice in this world, but some people get heard more than others, and that power is crucial to understand.

There has been one particular individual really on my heart. Their music is played on Christian radio stations. People PRAISE this individual highly for being a Christian. The individual has been on many worldly talk shows for their music.

But Christ isn’t mentioned at all. Not on the shows, not in an interview.

We are never to hide Christ in the limelight, regardless of the consequences. 

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Now, this is all the truth. Is it gossip? (And please, if you disagree, comment below and share because I truly want to go about this topic the right way.)

  • Is it true – √
  • Is it kind- I believe so √
  • Is it needed to be known- We are warned in scripture about who we follow √
  • Would I say this to the person – Absolutely √ I want to encourage them to go forward, not behind.

But I’m not naming them because this individual is not alone, truthfully. It’s not fair to point out one person, and not the thousands or millions of others doing the same thing. Therefore, I’m generalizing. These things easily can be found out through your own research of who you listen to. It’s not hidden. Before we praise someone for being a Christian…we should be looking for fruit, first. 

Especially for Christian teens, please be aware of your influencers. People will try to manipulate and deceive, it happens, even in the Christian scene.

As you can see, a lot of things were brought to my attention because of this.

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First, when I initially tried to discuss this, I admit, my feelings were out of line. I shared I was upset, and I was. But did you, as a reader, need to know that? No. Feelings lead to opinions being shared, and this can encourage gossip and also cloud perspectives. I want others to do their own research, seek the Lord, and make these decisions with Him, not purely based on what I am saying.

As a blogger, I must be accountable to how I project the truth and make sure it is not emotional. (Proverbs 18:03)

Secondly, it’s easy for me to see where this person is struggling because I’m not in their shoes. It is important to be aware of deception, but when others are falling in sin, even if they are false teachers or fallen believers, we have no right to constantly point out every flaw. Warn others, yes, but walk away, too. I struggled with this. 

Thirdly, I don’t know if the individual actually has an active relationship with Christ. Our involvement with the Lord should NEVER be hidden behind doors. Our intimacy with the Lord like prayer and worship, yes. But the light of Holy Spirit being active in our lives, never. Our love for His truth should be singing out of our lips.

When I see a self-proclaimed Christian praising worldly things and worldly people it is eye-opening. This is a huge reminder to not let my own feelings allow me to think, “Yeah, this person “sounds” Christian.” Our actions reveal so much about us. What we say reveals so much about us.

Fourthly, how little it takes for many of us to believe someone is a follower of Christ. Deception will come in a false light. Scripture does say we will know them by their fruits.

I’m not seeing fruit now…but I “saw” fruit before when I wasn’t really looking.

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Final thoughts…As a believer, I can listen to songs that do not verbally say “God” or “Jesus” or “Christ” and still apply them in worship to the Lord because I am singing the song to Him. But recently, I have been made aware of how this can be deceiving.

This is where secular music can “appear” like a Christian song. We sing about power and love, but never mention God or Christ in the song. It never used to bother me before because, again, I was not looking. But now, it makes me wonder. Are serpents being cloaked in sheep’s clothing this way?

It could also be in poetry, posts, or stories. If we are not specifying the Lord how will the world take it? 

I think of the lies Eve was given with the fruit. It “appeared” good. It “promised” to have the knowledge of God. But, in truth, it was something God, never once, encouraged her to have.

Have we been deceived with false believers, teachers, and prophets?
Are we possibly deceiving others?

When Christ is the center of someone’s life, it’s evident. That’s as simple as it gets. 

I don’t want to leave you with a negative message. Here is an interview with a Christian singer not afraid to speak about Christ. I’ve loved Jenn’s music since I’ve heard it. Ruins and Foreigner are my top two favorites. Be encouraged by her words and truth on trusting Christ!

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Monthly Scripture – (NIV) 2 Corinthians 4:02, “Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God.”

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39 thoughts on “Can I Talk About Influencers Who Portray Being A False Christian?

  1. This was a great way to put it TR! I think it’s so important to remember that we all have our opinions on things, but then there is truth, and truth is truth no matter what our opinions are.

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  2. Yes we should be kind to others. In Philippines 4:8 it talks about meditating on the right things. But!…there is a time to be still & and a time to speak.
    The word says that when we see a brother/sister…stumble take them to the side & if that doesn’t work take two or three with you to confront the one.
    As for the case of the musician…it’s not wrong to speak up concerning biblical principles. I’m not talking about being critical, but we are to speak up.
    The best way to handle those situations is waiting on God’s timing to implement exposure. Otherwise it’s primarily our flesh & not in the Spirit of God.
    SHALOM 😇

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    1. Agreed. I waited a few weeks before writing this post to make sure I could make the points more clear. And it is not just this influencer. This influencer did make me more aware, but then God pointed out the problem in general, which I hope my post made clear 🙂 I realize I can always speak individually on a one to one basis with these people. And therefore I can not and should call them individually out by name. But I can raise awareness of what we need to look out and I hope this post was done properly to show that 🙂

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  3. Nice post! I have noticed that some Christians who have a large following will straddle the fence. I think they hope to get more people to like/follow them. It’s sad but true. Thanks.

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    1. That can be hard. And I do totally support prayer for everyone in these situations. I’m not in the shoes of these influencers so I don’t know what kind of support they have, where they are in their walk, and what temptations are being presented to them. I think part of the problem is we sometimes make assumptions about these influencers that are not true, and being on a pedstal, the limelight, only makes faults look worse.

      There are people who will mask appearing like Christian.

      I think it’s important to be weary how many opinions we form of indivdual people, and I’m starting to work on this. 🙂

      We need to be aware of the general problem, but make sure we keep ourselves accountable to not fingerpoint either. I hope the post encourages people not so much to look at others but for us to look at what we are surrounding ourselves with. ❤

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  4. Yes prayers are always needed for everyone. We can’t judge others but also we must remember God’s Word is God’s Word and when He is clear on certain things, there is no way around it.

    It’s probably just a matter of us learning and growing which is where continuing to pray and read the Word comes into play. That way as Christians we can come up to His standard. But yes I am sure being in the limelight makes it much harder.

    So thankful for the example Christ set for us. Although tempted He stuck to the truth of God’s Word. 😊

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    1. ❤ amen!!!!! My concern is discussing these topics allows people to easily focus on the sins of others. But we know it is easy to do that even in the Bible. People judged the people in the Old Testament. People judge the hypocrites in the New Testament or when Christians, like Peter, made mistakes and had to be rebuked. It is so easy for us to see where others fall short. But I know this doesn't mean I shouldn't discuss the topics. And you're so right! I'm grateful Christ set the example for us. We must have our eyes on Him, in every way ❤

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    1. ❤ Ruth, I deeply took to heart your words from previous posts and was praying that God could help be sensitve in discussing the topic. I praise Him that this post spoke to you.

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  5. This is a very poignant topic, and I’m glad you addressed it so well. I think I have an idea of whom you we referring to. Regardless of who it is, you are so right about being careful about how people view Christians. I’ve been reminded of this lately in my life!

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    1. Thank you, I was hoping to discuss it without using specific people as examples, since it is a problem many face. It took me awhile to be okay with that, but I thank the Lord for humility. It is a problem in our world and we must be aware, and willing to be on our guard, especially with entertainment.

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  6. It can be difficult when we see wolves pretending to be sheep to know what to do about it. I think that first and foremost the first thing to do is pray, not just for them but for the people they may be leading astray. Secondly I think it’s important to remember that God is aware, and He does tell us what happens to true wolves (Mark 9:42 is one example). Though I think it is important to discuss it with people you care about that may be affected this might not always make a difference, but prayer always will! Much love and many blessings to you! ❤

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    1. Prayer is a absolutely needed. And just like you shared I think it is important we go to scripture not only in knowing what happens to wolves, but how to identify false believers, teachers etc. I might need to dig into scripture for a separate post on how to identify a false person. Thanks for sharing your insight 🙂

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      1. I am reading a book entitled Driven by Eternity. Its an allegory of life and judgement. I am also reading a book called Rediscovering Holiness. Both these books have me thinking a LOT about how we are called to live. Your article was right in line with these readings at the right time.

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