Answering a Fool, Mailbag

The Mailbag: Answering a Fool #1


Answer a fool according to his folly,
lest he be wise in his own eyes.
Proverbs 26:5

There’s a lot of foolishness masquerading as Christianity these days. Occasionally, I get e-mails and messages showcasing this type of foolishness. It needs to be biblically corrected so these folks can stop “being wise in their own eyes,” repent, and believe and practice the truth of Scripture. From time to time, I’ll be sharing those e-mails in The Mailbag with a biblical corrective, not only so the e-mail writer can be admonished by Scripture, but to provide you with Scriptures and reasoning you can use if you’re ever confronted with this kind of foolishness.

(This reader’s e-mail {in blue} is reprinted in full.)

I just happened to read what you had to say about all the Bible Teachers you discussed in [the] article I read.

Since I got the feeling you are 100% right in all of your teachings, you know the Bible better than anyone…

I’m flattered you think so, but like any sane person, I would never, and have never, claimed to be “100% right in all of my teachings” or that I “know the Bible better than anyone.”

Can we stop this sort of thing, please? This is really just silly. These are the kinds of retorts a fourth-grader throws out in an argument when she doesn’t have a leg to stand on or doesn’t think well on her feet. It’s basically playground name-calling, it’s childish, and it’s not becoming of someone who claims to be a Christian. Go learn your Bible and bring Scripture to back up your argument. That’s how grownups handle disagreements on theological issues.

I can’t help but wonder why you never mentioned a word about praying for God to reveal His truth and asking us to do the same!

I can’t help but wonder which article of mine you’re talking about since you didn’t mention the title of it. If you’re going to lambaste me about an article I’ve written, at least tell me which one it is. I’ve been blogging for ten years. That’s a lot of articles. Help me out here.

I can only assume you’re talking about one of my articles at the Popular False Teachers tab. The reason none of those articles mention “praying for God to reveal His truth and asking you to do the same” is that He has already answered that prayer. God’s revealed truth? It’s called the Bible. There’s no need to pray for something God has already given us. Perhaps if you weren’t following false teachers you would know that. God has given us His written Word as the standard for determining what is true and what is not. All we have to do is compare a teacher’s doctrine and behavior to Scripture to see whether or not it lines up. Simple.

I am a little offended that I have been put into a category of not knowing God’s word well enough to discern false teachers from legit teachers.

I have no idea who you are, and we’ve never had any previous contact, so I haven’t put you in any sort of category. But these strong feelings you’re having could be an indication that the Holy Spirit is convicting you of unbiblical beliefs. It’s never an accident when you “stumble across” biblical truth. Have you considered the possibility that the Holy Spirit led you to my blog so you would be exposed to the truth of His Word?

There’s a solution for this offense you’re feeling. Study your Bible, pray for the wisdom and discernment to handle and apply Scripture correctly, and obey God’s instructions to dump teachers who rebel against His written Word and teach false doctrine. God delights to answer such prayers.

God can speak to us through a Wino if we will listen.

Thanks, but I’ll stick with the Bible. I don’t know any winos personally, and even if I did, I’m pretty sure that the Bible is a lot more reliable than anyone’s drunken ramblings since I know the Bible is God speaking.

I will be praying for you Michelle that God will reveal His truth to you about you judging people you do not even know…

Can I ask you something? Do you know President Trump? Any movie stars? Sports figures? Hitler? The president of Planned Parenthood? Have you ever looked at the words or actions of any of them and said they were wrong about something? According to your logic, you can’t judge that Hitler’s actions were wrong because you didn’t know him. You can’t judge any of President Trump’s words or actions and say he was wrong (or right) about anything because you don’t know him. You can’t even sit on a jury in your local court system and render a verdict because you don’t know the defendant.

And you certainly can’t judge me as you’ve been doing in this e-mail, telling me I’m wrong, because you don’t know me, either. Get the log out of your own eye before you suggest there’s a speck in mine, you hypocrite.

The truth is, in my articles about false teachers, I have made biblical judgments by examining their words and actions against Scripture. I encourage people to stay away from those who live in unrepentant sin and/or teach false doctrine, in keeping with Scripture. God instructs us to judge the fruit of those who claim to be Christians in order to keep sin and false doctrine out of the church.

…and have no idea how many people may have gotten saved under these teachers.

Anyone who gets saved while sitting under a false teacher gets saved in spite of that false teacher, not because of her. The fact that someone happens to get saved at the same time she’s under the influence of a false teacher does not legitimize the blasphemy that false teacher is committing. People get saved while still a member of Mormonism, too. That doesn’t mean Mormonism is biblical and OK with God.

Furthermore, when people are genuinely born again while under the influence of a false teacher or false doctrine, they leave that teacher or doctrine pretty quickly. John 10 explains that when a sheep truly belongs to Christ, that sheep will know and obey her Shepherd, and she will not follow the voice of a stranger (false teacher).

A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers. John 10:5

I didn’t say that. Jesus said that.

Let God do His job…

It’s difficult for me to believe that you know what God’s job is well enough to assume that I’m trying to do it when you’re not even clear on what our job is even though it’s clearly spelled out in Scripture. I am not attempting to “do God’s job,” I am attempting to do the “job” He has instructed Christians to do.

…there are to (sic) many lost people in this world for you to be trying to stop Christian Women from reading or attending services they choose to attend.

Where does it say that in the Bible? Chapter and verse, rightly handled, in context, please.

Also, you need to understand that just because someone claims to be a Christian, goes to church, gives all the “right” answers, has been baptized, is a nice person, etc., does not mean she is saved. Go back to John 10: obstinately following false teachers is a sign that someone is not saved regardless of what she professes to be.

You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ Matthew 7:16-23

I cannot stop anyone from attending anything. It is my job – and yours, if you’re a Christian – to proclaim God’s written Word and warn our brothers and sisters of the danger of false teachers and false doctrine. The question is not, “Why am warning people against false teachers?”, the question is, “Why aren’t you warning people against false teachers, and why are you unbiblically judging me for obeying God’s instruction to do so?”.

Praying for you and all false teachers and leaders, including myself if I am one.

I welcome your prayers, and I mean that sincerely. I have also prayed for you. If you honestly want to know the truth of God’s Word, keep your nose in The Book, and ask Him to help you understand it rightly, with godly wisdom and discernment. Ask Him to help you obey His Word, even if you don’t totally understand it or like it. Deny yourself – your opinions, preferences, and experiences – and be transformed by the renewing of your mind unto Christlikeness.

If you have a question about: a Bible passage, an aspect of theology, a current issue in Christianity, or how to biblically handle a family, life, or church situation, comment below (I’ll hold all questions in queue {unpublished} for a future edition of The Mailbag) or send me an e-mail or private message. If your question is chosen for publication, your anonymity will be protected.