Monday, November 2, 2015

"God can use it..."

"I don't agree with everything [insert false teacher's name here] but there are some good things he/she says." In rebutting this notion, author Michelle Lesley phrased it best. She said in her essay titled,

Mayoral Candidate Opal Covey Rebukes Fred and Speaks in Tongues
Ladies, you want to know why I warn against false teachers? This is why. You start out with “gateway drugs” like Beth Moore and Priscilla Shirer, thinking, “It’s OK. It’s only a little unbiblical teaching. I can stop any time I want,” and pretty soon you end up like this lady, strung out and face down in the gutter of blasphemy and false doctrine. This is an embarrassment to the church, an awful witness to the lost, and a black eye for Jesus. Just say no to false teaching.
There is the story of the demon-possessed slave girl in Acts which relates here.

As we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners much gain by fortune-telling. 17She followed Paul and us, crying out, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to you the way of salvation.” 18And this she kept doing for many days. Paul, having become greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And it came out that very hour. (Acts 16:16-18)

Why didn't Paul say, as so many pastors and teachers and women say today, "She is speaking truth. I don't agree with everything she says, but God can certainly use her. I'll let her speak for me"?

Because it isn't about the words such a person says, it's the source. Paul taught,

Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? (2 Corinthians 6:14-15).

He made four explicit points:

Righteousness v. lawlessness
Light v. darkness
Christ v. Belial (satan)
Believer v. unbeliever

He made four implicit points. The goal among believers is to be in:
partnership
fellowship
harmony
in common

Whatever flavor your favored partly or all-false teacher demonstrates from the second column, God will not use it. The dividing line is clear. Have nothing to do with those who are lawless, or dark, or of satan, or are an unbeliever.

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For people who say, well, 'Don't put God in a box, He can use anything', you're right, God can use anything. He can turn me into a giraffe. But will He? No, He created animals after their own kind. Just because God CAN turn me into a giraffe doesn't mean He will.

He can do anything, even use a demon-possessed girl speaking truth - but He won't. He didn't. The Holy Spirit inside Paul was tormented hearing the slave girl speak heavenly glories from a satan-polluted mouth! (Acts 16:18). Any false teacher is demon influenced. In Galatians 1 Paul was astonished they were deserting the Gospel so quickly. In 2 Corinthians 11 he chastised them who put up with a different Gospel so easily. In Revelation 2, Jesus threatened the Thyatirans for tolerating a false prophetess. No, God won't use falsity. His Son is too beautiful to Him and His Gospel is too pure. Why should he?

God chose to speak thru His Son (Hebrews 1:1-2), not through satan. So why would you limit God and put Him in a box by saying He can't follow through on what He said He will do? Trust Him. If He said He will work through the Gospel given rightly, He will.

And what if..."God can use" a false teacher's words not to draw women to Christ but to harden them in their sin? Be careful what you say "God can use." God DOES use sinners, wolves, and false doctrine, but not in the way most people think. God CAN use Beth Moore to harden women in their self-esteem, legalistic, selfish ways.

I'll end with another best quote from a sister in Christ. When the TV series "The Bible" was released by Roma Downey, Sunny Shell reviewed it. She put in a Q & A to her review. She hypothetically asked,
Q. "Even though there's a lot of error in this movie, still, don't you think it's a great way to show people who God really is, I mean, can't God use anything to save someone?
A. No, I don't think this movie is a great way to reveal the truth about God since it's filled with lies about God. And yes, I realize God can use anything to save someone, but He only chose to use the message of the true Gospel to save all men (John 14:6, Acts 4:12). Nowhere in Scripture does God command or allow His children to use the work of Satan to proclaim His truth. And God is clear, anyone who denies Him and defiles His holy character or word, works for the devil, not for God. 
Since the beginning of time, the devil has attempted to minimize and blaspheme God's holy character by lulling us to disregard His holiness, justice and righteousness. God has never called His children of light to partner with the works of darkness (2 Cor 6:15-16). As God's children, we are commanded to pursue holiness, rather than try to find a way to compromise the glory of Christ in order to "reach more people".
Well said, Mrs Shell. As for false teachers, just a little bit of poison kills. We know that satan speaks through these teachers, and satan only speaks lies. He will meld a few lies in with the truth so that the two are nearly indistinguishable, and therefore appear harmless. His lies involve the lust of the eyes, the pride of life, and the lust of the flesh.

If I hear a woman saying "I know [such and such false teacher] doesn't teach everything according to the bible, but I like some things she teaches" then I know one thing for sure. Something in that false teacher's doctrine appeals to her flesh and she is unwilling to give that up.

Yet we are called to slay the old man in us. Romans 8:13 says,

For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.

Mortify the flesh, and kill off that part of you that wants to cling to a teacher others have said or shown you with the Word are not giving an authentic Gospel.

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5)


5 comments :

  1. Amen and well-said! That erroneous proclamation of "chewing up the meat and spitting out the bones" is rearing it's ugly head everywhere!
    Satan's ploy! Just a little truth and a boatload of lies.

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  2. Thank you for writing this.

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  3. Excellent article! This is really the impetus behind my desire to start a women's group in my church. I see women following false teachers and the latest 'Christian' movie or TV show, and it grieves my heart. But I don't think confrontation is the way to open their eyes. I've tried that tactic and the response was for them to dig in their heels. I am praying for God to use me to help these women develop discernment and to know Him and love Him more deeply.

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    1. Linda, the fact that they dug in their heels reveals the second problem we have these days. It is pride. Many seem unwilling to believe a fellow Christian who may be more mature and discerning. In their pride they refuse to accept that we are supposed to be in a body and that God has put others around us to warn, encourage and help us. Too many are arrogant and unteachable as a result.

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  4. I love this essay Elizabeth! I love how you compared the slave girl in Acts with why even though they speak some truths, we should not listen to them. Excellent! Thank you.

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