When it comes to those who distort the truth, a certain standard or format must be used to counter them. Christ warned us several times to be aware of false prophets, even revealing their true nature as “ravenous wolves” (Mt 7:15). The Apostle Peter, using equally sobering words, warned us of the massive damage they are capable of (2 Peter 2:1). The increase of false teachers, preachers, and doctrines require every believer to uphold the Word of God in an effective, balanced way.
You may have noticed that when some Christian leaders “debate” obvious reprobate minds of false teachers, two extremes emerge. One, they appear friendly—even conciliatory—yet weak. The second is they are appear overly angry and unloving. But what does the Word of God tell us about refuting?
“Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching. For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. They will reject the truth and chase after myths. But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you.” 2 Timothy 4:2-5 (New Living Translation)
The Word of God tells us to be prepared and preach the word of God whether people like it or not. The word also tells us not be afraid to suffer for the Lord. The truth is an offense to this world. Pilate asked our Lord Jesus as His life hung in the balance, “What is truth?” But it seems this world still has not found it. Maybe some of our “preachers” haven’t found it either.
Not ready for primetime?
In November 2009, Pastor Jamal Bryant and Bishop George Bloomer proved they were not ready for prime time with one time COGIC member and infamous heretic Carlton Pearson. And maybe they needed a little polishing up in the word, because they clearly were not ready to engage Pearson. Both ended up looking rather foolish. You can see that interview here.
In a previous article, GCM Watch reported how the two allowed Pearson to make a full argument on his false doctrine of “Inclusion“, and also let him give “heart touching” back ground stories of how “church folk” dropped him. Bryant and Bloomer appeared unsure on how to rebuke him. But where was all the charisma and glibness of tongue these “men of God” often show when it’s time to raise money?
Bryant is often encouraged to “Preach Black Man!!”. But instead of preaching the Gospel in the face of a clear challenge, he opted to have the audience pray for Pearson. While there’s nothing wrong with prayer, (and Pearson needs as many prayers as we can send up) there is something wrong when Pearson is allowed to spew un-biblical vomit to millions of viewers at home and not be rebuked.
Bryant instead used theological metaphors that got the crowd real hype (if they could even understand what he was talking about) to diagnose Pearson as being filled with demons. But never called him what He really is, a false prophet! While the Christian panel sat there cool, calm, and collected and joking with Pearson on the side as if they didn’t have a care in their fantasy world. The real world was lied to, as Pearson relentlessly gave the viewers tons of erroneous scripture usage and I think-isms.
Bishop Bloomer (known for his alleged expertise in casting out demons) admitted that he only came on the show to meet Pearson and to tell him how much he loved him. Did he miss the fact that Pearson’s doctrine is not only false, but it leads people to spiritual death? To me, this was as serious as the 9/11 planes hitting the twin towers. Whoever believed Pearson’s mess(age) is at risk.
None of the panelists demonstrated an ability (or willingness) to shut Pearson up and declare that Jesus Christ is the Son of God (John 3:16) and He said:
“I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6 (King James Version)
Just by watching the show on you tube I was outraged and starting preaching the word of God right to my laptop. But to no avail I couldn’t change anything. This brings up a good question. What are we to do if we ever find ourselves onstage with Carlton Pearson, Yvette Flunder and others who teach false doctrines?
This site has already provided wonderful articles about this subject and you can see those here, here and here. I wish only to point out that even with this information the church seems to still be confused on how to handle false prophets and teachers in the church.
The word of God gives us a biblical way to handle these heretics in Titus:
“But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain. A man that is an heretic after the first and second admonition reject; Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself.” Titus 3:9-11 (King James Version)
The bible tells us to admonish and correct the false teacher twice. Once they continue to reject the truth we are to reject them. Why did the Lexi show even give an ear to Pearson knowing full well he is a heretic? What were her motives? Was it ratings?
The church has already rejected Pearson and his teachings, but still continues to give him a platform to speak on in violation of Titus 3. In this, we make a serious error and only make things harder for ourselves.