SUFTT’s mission is to educate, empower and connect Christians to understand what the Bible teaches us about the times in which we live. I believe the Bible is clear that in the latter days the world will grow increasingly hostile toward God and His Word, and that deception will increase, causing some professing Christians to fall for the deceptions predicted in the Bible.
The show will cover news of the day that affects Christians and the Church, helping people understand what the Bible has to say about how we should respond. I will have guests that are well-versed in the topics we discuss, and offer commentary and teaching from the Bible to help believers discern the times we live in and how the Word of God teaches us to respond to the news of the day.
We hope to encourage logical thought and discussion on issues covered, and present controversial issues in a way that are thoughtful and reported with proper balance. We are willing to have guests that present all sides of controversial issues.
We do not necessarily agree with the views expressed by our guests. And we will continually encourage listeners to take all opinions expressed to the Word of God to discern truth from error.
If a guest appears on air–or an article posted on line–is one that a Pastor has serious issues or disagreement with, that Pastor is welcome to appear on air, or can post a rebuttal on line, to refute any statements he feels were inaccurate or unfair.
We will always seek to live by our desired brand: “Truth in Love”. As such, our focus is the issues facing the Church rather than people. If a Christian leader states something that contradicts the Bible, we will name names if necessary. But we will avoid any personal attacks on the individual involved, and always try to contact them so they can give their side of the story.
2 Timothy 4:1-5
I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
I acknowledge that at times our tone has been caustic and unproductive. It is a difficult, but necessary balance, that in addressing issues and methods we do so without condemning professing believers. God and God alone has the right to determine the eternal destination of every human being. He alone is Right and Just.
The verses above represent a huge challenge to church and ministry leaders and all Christians. It is dangerous and foolish to turn a blind eye toward and not address teachings by a professing Christian that contradicts the Scriptures. But it is equally dangerous and foolish to cross the line from discerning methods and teachings to condemning professing believers.
I recognize there is potential good and potential bad in social media discussions. I will hold us and participants in our social media vehicles to high standards of behavior. In this spirit, I will seek to equitably enforce the following standards on participants on our social media outlets:
- Ad Hominem attacks on the character of persons will not be allowed. Participants will be instructed to critique and comment on the issues, not people.
- We request and encourage participants to utilize the Biblical model of communication.
- Make statements on yourself (sharing), not others (marginalizing or condemning).
- Ask questions of others (to learn about their views).
- Answer the questions of others (you share, they learn).
I believe this communication model leads to effective communication and avoids attacks on the character of others. It encourages sharing and learning without condemning.
Participants will be warned if they perform continued violations of these guidelines. If they continue to do so without making a concentrated effort to cease, I will ban them from further participation until we have talked through the issues and have been assured that future conversations will adhere to our established guidelines. This applies all people participating in our social media outlets.
The Bible uses two different words to “judge”. Krino means “to try, convict and punish”; Anakrino means “to scrutinize”. In Matthew 7:1 Jesus warns us against using krino against a believer. The Bible exhorts us to anakrino ourselves and others to help each other assess our beliefs and behaviors in comparison to the teachings of the Bible. Krino is used to condemn; Anakrino is used to help another see the errors of their beliefs or actions to help them.
SUFTT will strive to exclusively use anakrino in discussing the beliefs and actions of professing believers.
Not every topic covered will be a comfortable one. In fact we want to share stories that will make Christians uncomfortable at times–issues that will challenge Christians to know the direction of the world around us and discern truth from error or deception.
We believe it is naive and potentially dangerous for Christians to blindly follow the teachings of a person just because they claim the title of “Christian”. We believe this because no Christian teacher is infallible, nor subject to deception, and also because the Bible warns us of deception from some claiming to be of the faith:
“For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.”
Having said that, we recognize the distinction between “deceivers” and “deceived”. All of us can unintentionally fall for deception from time to time. But the Bible warns Christians to watch out for intentional deceivers that would infiltrate the church:
“I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them. Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish every one with tears.”
As host of SUFTT, Mike LeMay is responsible for:
- Approving all guests and topics discussed.
- Approving all commentaries representing SUFTT on articles and stories posted on the ministry’s social media outlets.
- Teaching and commenting on the Bible in response to news covered on air.
As Producers, our staff is responsible for:
- Locating and recommending appropriate news stories and commentaries
- On occasion, join Mike (or main host) on the show asking questions of our guests, and commenting on the issues addressed
- Assisting with content postings on main blog, social media platforms and comment moderation
Callers and participants are encouraged to interact with comments, questions and dissenting opinions. But again we ask that the focus be on the issue, rather than criticizing the person involved.