Occasionally, I get some concerns about my posts, and I thought now would be a good time to cover some of those concerns. I want to share where my mindset has been leading up to posting about these topics. Why are some individuals named in posts, is it necessary? Is it mean when I use some negative terms to describe believers/fallen believers?
The purpose of my blog, Inside Cup, as I have shared in the past, is to focus on the inside of the cup, our heart.
(NIV) Matthew 23:26, “Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.” see also, Luke 11:39
(NIV) Matthew 15:18, “But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them.”
There are a lot of topics we are ignorant of and our ignorance leads to misconceptions we have about how to handle scripture and discuss topics. False teaching is a big one.
There needs to be a desire for the truth to be spoken, and there also needs to be a concerning love for false teachers and their audiences. Does this require a form of judgment? Absolutely. Righteous judgment. Post | Misconceptions Of Judging Righteously| “Don’t Judge” Unintentional Hypocrisy
And it’s easy to not have proper judgment with these topics. It’s easy to get pulled into our feelings.
When COVID happened, I had issues with adjusting to a new routine. The winter blues had a lasting effect on my sluggishness. Previously, I had backed away from some difficult posts because I did not know if I could handle the discussions and oppositions. But these discussions (and oppositions) are needed for growth, edification, and encouragement. I’ve learned to work with a shorter schedule to give me time for longer periods of editing, test readers’ thoughts on future posts, and preparing material ahead of schedule.
I desired to get back to the purpose of why I started this blog. To draw closer to Christ, and to be convicted/transformed by the Holy Spirit, from the inside out. Deception runs rampant in the world. There are misconceptions we all share. I want to talk about these things for the purpose of helping, informing, and protecting.
The Audience Inside Cup Is Directed At
My target audience is those who want to dive deeper into a relationship with Jesus Christ.
- Those willing to consider and be open about uncomfortable topics.
- The gullible (and are unaware), like I once was.
- Those who want to understand concepts in the Bible better.
- Those desiring to discern better.
- Those who wish not to be gullible and ignorant.
- Those who want to understand Christian Apologetics.
- Those who want to identify false teaching better.
Some of my posts will reach out to those on the milk, and other posts of mine will reach more to those on the meat.
What Does The Bible Say About Calling Out False Teachers/Deceivers?
Calling out false teachers and discussing those who deny the faith, is it wrong? Some would say yes, and others would say no. I think the way we go about it is crucial. Why are we sharing something?
Scripture says false teachers need to be silenced and identified.
I know I shared a bit of scripture below, but I want you to see the importance the apostles and Christ gave us. Remember, the word of God is breathed out by God. The Lord wants us to be able to identify, not be misled by deceivers, and He wants others to be warned. I emphasize with italics some parts I wanted pointed out.
(NIV) Titus 1:10-11, “For there are many rebellious people, full of meaningless talk and deception, especially those of the circumcision group. They must be SILENCED, because they are disrupting whole households by teaching things they ought not to teach–and that for the sake of dishonest gain.”
(NIV) Romans 16:17-18, “I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people.” This is one reason why I talk about our own ignorance/gullibility.
(NIV) Ephesians 5:11, “Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.”
(NIV) Colossians 2:08, “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.” Law of attraction relates to this see post: Visionaries & Vision Boards: Warning To Christians
(NIV) 2 Timothy 3:03-04, “For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.” Narcigesis is interpreting the context of scripture and making it all about us. (Exegesis means interpreting scripture.) Ex. We become David and Goliath is our battle. This is not what scripture is about. The Bible is not all about us. David and Goliath is a type and shadow of Christ, not our battles.
(NIV) Galatians 1:06-07, “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel–which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ.”
(NIV) 2 Timothy 3:13, “while evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.”
False teachers cause divisions. False teachers lead others astray with a false gospel and teachings confusing to sound docrtrine. These fallen ones emerge from within the walls of the church body and they prey after the uninformed, gullible, and new believers. They lure with self-help speeches, prosperity, health, wealth, supernatural “manifestations”, secret knowledge, and ego-stroking. See 2 Timothy 3:03-04 above.
Am I Being Mean On My Posts?
To me speaking the truth with love, includes speaking the truth of the individuals being discussed. Not lies. Not rumors. Discussions on what public individuals are claiming themselves, and how their words compare in light of scripture as a warning to others.
People are watching and listening to these deceivers. As scripture says, those who are deceiving are deceived themselves, and more than likely they do not know nor desire to accept that they are deceived. Thus, we watch and we warn out of the love for those being deceived, including the false teachers.
If someone is a liar, they are a liar. If someone is ignorant, they are ignorant. I WAS IGNORANT, totally gullible. and I admit it when talking about these things because we all can learn, discern, and grow more.
This doesn’t mean every individual needs to be named in these types of posts. My primary goal is to help my readers IDENTIFY false teaching and false beliefs.
However, pointing out false teachers and naming them to protect others is an act of love.
My posts about false teachers and their teachings are more directed at the audience of the individuals, like a debate. Debates are not there to persuade the other party. Debates are meant to persuade the audience. I want to warn and protect those who, like me, are gullible, and are being taken advantage of because of it, just like I was.
I’ve seen horrible name-calling before, and I do not post that. The worst name-calling I usually do on my posts tends to point out when we are hypocrites, and when we are ignorant/gullible.
Is anyone going to enjoy being called a hypocrite or ignorant? No. I don’t like it either, but can we go to scripture to see if we are being hypocritical or if we are ignorant of something, yes! We can test these things. We can ask ourselves am I being hypocritical? That was the main point in this post: Misconceptions Of Judging Righteously| “Don’t Judge” Unintentional Hypocrisy
What I share in my blog posts is valid, the public is aware of it, it’s not behind closed doors, everything can be verified, and the main purpose is to show others how to test what is said and done by others in light of scripture.
Most of the time when people struggle with my posts, it tends to be a sentence to a paragraph, not the entirety, or even the majority.
I fully will admit when changes need to be made to posts, clarification, or apologies that need to be added. I’m not perfect, and those who have been around my blog, you know I’ve shared the occasional clarification post. I’ve recanted. I’ve apologized. Please understand, I’m a person, too. My intention isn’t to hurt anyone but to point to the truth. I do not apologize for conviction, I do apologize for unclear wording, wrong information, not enough research/understanding, and emotional writing.
My goal is to make people think, and to help us be willing to look at our own struggles or misunderstandings about topics.
It’s going to be uncomfortable. It’s going to make us sensitive. My blog is not lollipops and rainbows. I don’t want to give you sugar that makes you feel good for a little bit but leaves you empty. I want to give you something to take away and chew on. Like a Christian beef jerky.
The goal for all of us is to have our eyes on Jesus Christ and His truth. The goal is that we are willing to stay at His feet so we are prepared properly in bearing the armor of God and holding the sword of the Spirit.
We need to protect each other from wolves with our swords and shields. (Ephesians 6:11) Please understand, it is important to care about fallen believers and false teachers, absolutely. We also need to care about the masses of people that are being misled by these teachings as well.
If you have concerns, challenges, or questions, go ahead and write them down if you want, or email me if you would prefer. I also have an Instagram you can message me on there. I’m not going to say I’ll answer all. But discussions can help us grow. For Christian bloggers, discussions can be quite humbling.
I don’t want any of my readers to be ignorant of the topics I share. I don’t want you to be comfortable in not desiring to grow more in Christ. I want you to be uncomfortable with sin in your life. I want you to desire to go to Jesus today more than you did the day before.
We need to love people through prayer, discussion, encouragement and rebuke. We need to be careful with our writing. If people have concerns, challenges, etc, listen to what they are saying. Do not just dismiss it. Look at scripture. Can you answer the concerns?
I appreciate those who have stuck around as I grow in my blog. For anyone who read the WHOLE POST, wow, thank you.
Community Prayer for August
Monthly Scripture – (NKJ) Psalm 85:09, “Surely His salvation is near to those who fear Him, That glory may dwell in our land.”