Pastor Saiko Woods
Pastor Woods is from His Word His Way Fellowship Church in Sugar Land, Texas, where he preaches God’s Word is our final authority. He also has a Bible-based watchman radio ministry called His Word His Way, a hard-hitting show in which he fearlessly tackles some tough issues facing the Church. You can also connect with him on Twitter.
False teachers and teachings are infiltrating the professing Church in America. There is a dynamic tension in the Bible: We are to the best of our ability get along with all professing believers, yet we are called to speak out against false teachings that lead people astray. How do we strike this delicate but important balance?
We welcome back Pastor Saiko Woods to discuss the divide in America and in the church, but most importantly, contending for the faith without being contentious.
David Fiorazo has another “Media Watch” segment to help us understand the dangers of the agenda of secular media.
But you must remember, beloved, the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. 18 They said to you, “In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions.” 19 It is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit. 20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. 22 And have mercy on those who doubt; 23 save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh.Jude 1:17-23
The following is the transcript for the third segment today:
WHO ARE THE REAL DIVIDERS?
No doubt we are experiencing an increase in false doctrines and teachings being presented as “biblical” when in reality they contradict the teachings of the Bible.
But often those who point out those doctrinal errors and false teachings are the ones who receive the brunt of the criticism—called “haters” and “dividers”. This morning I want to discuss why it seems to go that way.
First, it is to be expected. The flesh and sinful nature of man wants what it wants, and truth offends and angers our flesh. The gospel is offensive to those who are perishing—and that is a crucial point I think we need to camp out on for a moment—the Gospel.
One of the main reasons professing Christians are offended when false teachings are pointed out is that they do not know the true gospel of salvation. It has been reduced to saying a quick prayer, inviting Jesus into your heart so you can be happier. THIS IS THE HUMANIST GOSPEL WHICH IS NO GOSPEL AT ALL.
The true Gospel is acknowledging and grieving our sin against a righteous, just and holy God…humbling ourselves before Him, asking for His mercy and forgiveness. Acknowledging our rebellion and sin against a holy God, and admitting we are incapable of change in our own human strength.
Then we confess that Jesus Christ—God in the flesh—died on the cross to take the wrath of God against our sins upon Himself—that He and He alone is the only one through whom we can find forgiveness from God.
And we ask God to direct our lives moving forward—His Word and Spirit. We die to our flesh daily, picking up our cross. We love God more than anything and love others as we love ourselves.
This is sadly not the gospel we hear preached much these days. So without the true gospel our flesh continues to remain strong and we don’t like being confronted in our ongoing sin.
Reason #2 that “watchmen” are rebuked is that they are sometimes arrogant, lacking grace and compassion for people who are being misled. Some self-identified “watchmen” go head hunting, on witch hunts, just waiting for a pastor or teacher to say something they can be hung with.
They fail to make an important distinction when looking at the errors of others: There is a huge difference between saying we believe a certain teacher is wrong and branding them a heretic. Are there heretics out there? No doubt! But some are people who are just wrong—they are not intentionally deceiving people. They are only teaching what they were taught.
Jesus alone is the judge of every man’s soul. While Christians are commanded to judge the fruit of fellow believers to help correct them for their benefit, the moment we decide we are righteous and just enough to condemn any other man—well, I think that is idolatry—placing ourselves above God.
“I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
“But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.”
So when we are judging the fruit and teaching of other professing Christians, a couple good things to remember:
First, make sure they are wrong. Carefully check what they teach against the scriptures.
Second, remember if you brand them a heretic and condemn them—and you are wrong—Jesus can use the same measure to judge you.
Third, be humble. Remember there is a huge difference between saying a teacher is wrong and branding them a heretic or apostate.
Heretics and Apostates are out there—but when we start using those terms carelessly it might just be we who come under God’s wrath and judgment.
Second segment (Media Watch) related Links:
Resources – Newsbusters