Monday, July 21, 2008

Watchman or Gossip - A corrective to the pitfall of a critical spirit

The duty of a watchmen in warning Christians of the enemy and the tactics of the enemy (Ez. 3:17-21) is surely much needed in this time of great deception in the visible churches. Yet, focusing too much attention on errors is surely unhealthy for the soul and creates the potential to fall into the sin of having a critical and judgmental spirit. This post from Herescope (a discernment ministry blog) written by Anton Bosch clearly show us the right attitude we should have as we earnestly contend for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints (Jude 1:3).

How do we react to the news of the fall of Christians, or to the rumor of the latest heresy that comes out of the camp of the false teachers? Do we take delight in pouncing on the latest tidbit of scandal and spreading it as wide as possible? Or do we react like David and Samuel did?

Will we delight in reporting the latest heresy or the fall of a Christian leader, or do we grieve even as we report it, lamenting the destruction caused by heresies and sins?

[HT: Christian Research Net]

Note: This has nothing whatsoever to do with the necessity for discernment, so the vultures of the AODMs are not welcomed here.

4 comments:

Isaiah said...

Heh! Looks like you picked up the same story as I did. :)

PuritanReformed said...

Yep, I have noticed. There is a reason why I posted this article, which you will see later.

Isaiah said...

I have an inkling what issue you might have with the article, but I'm not going to steal your thunder. :)

PuritanReformed said...

Isaiah:

Actually, I do not have any problem with the article. I was going to use it to wack somebody. But again, I may not be doing so. So depends on how things go, I will decide what to do.