Note: I am sharing another author’s blog below .
My comments: Many people will argue with the points in the blog, but I feel it’s important to at least discuss the topic of discernment and “almost, but not quite right ” books and movies and teachers that claim to be Christian. False teachers will always have “some” truths in their message. The problem is that they always deviate from what the Bible actually teaches. That’s why it’s so easy to confuse people who don’t study their Bible carefully.
I think that true Christians who know and believe the gospel often support and promote these false teachers because they know the truth and they excuse the errors in the works of popular authors as being “not essential”. But when an unbeliever is exposed to false teachers, they can’t separate essential from nonessential doctrine. Thus, those of us who know what the Bible says must continue to contend for the faith!
Personally I have not watched any of these shows or read the books.
As Christians, we cannot have untouchable topics. Today’s video I understand can be hard to hear. Last year, I actually wrote an extensive response …The False Christ of The Chosen, Jesus Calling & The Shack (Doreen Virtue, Pastor Chris Quintana)
Thanks for sharing!
I didn’t read your linked post. I’ve heard some criticism of The Chosen, which I’ve never seen. My gut tells me that the show should be avoided. I’ve also read some critiques of Jesus Calling that I wholeheartedly agree with and, as a pastor, I’ve counseled some people away from that book. I did briefly skim it at Goodwill. I’ve read The Shack, and for the wee bit in that book that was good, there was a whole lot of bad theology, and so I’ll give that a big thumbs down too. FWIW I believe that we can be a better judges of what we consume, theologically, if the church we are a part of has a strong confession of faith, so that we can more clearly see what the guardrails guide us toward and protect us from. FYI my denomination, and I, stand in the Reformed tradition that was laid down in Europe early in the Reformation and therefore hold to the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism and the Canons of Dort. While many in my denomination would like to jettison our standards, for bad reasons, I believe that they continue to serve us well and think that we should cling to them more closely, for they are well-grounded in and always subservient to, the truth of God’s word in the Bible. Enough of my rant. Time to get back to The Christian in Complete Armor, a nearly 1200 page exposition of Ephesians 6:10-20, written/preached by William Gurnall and published in 1665. 500 pages to go and I want to finish by the end of the year. The Puritans were sooo goood.
Thanks for the informative reply, Brad. I agree that guardrails are very important and churches today don’t do a very good job making sure people understand what their denomination or church actually believes. I must say I am amazed that there is a 1200 page book on 10 verses! Please write about it sometime. 🙂 Happy studying!