gao_lu — 2017-08-30T18:18:41-04:00 — #1
Christians want others to be Christians, but wisdom and discernment are imperative. The Bible is clear that there will be intentional deceivers among us and we are expected to discern who they are. Many articulate people come forward with an "almost Gospel" message that contains clear error or that lacks essential truths. Christians are inclined to be gracious, tolerant and give the benefit of the doubt and allow time for maturing and to allow for different traditions, cultures, language.
We may be doubly tolerant when other races are involved. For example, I find Asians churches are far too tolerant of whites who come with a false Gospel. I don't know statistics, but suspect more bad teaching come from white teachers than from indigenous teachers. I am thinking of Mormons, Eastern Lightning, JW's, and all manner of charismatic craziness [I know one charming white guy going around right now prophecying who Asian girls will marry (first name) and when and what he will look like. Asian girls are suckers for this. He is 100% wrong and has broken untold hearts and wrought a lot of confusion and discourgement].
Here is a good example:
What are other examples of which we should be alert in our day?
dave_l — 2017-08-30T20:30:19-04:00 — #2
The problem is that some of the worst offenders have a great amount of truth. This makes them hard to see. You can arrive at truth in two ways. If your starting point is accurate, simple logic will provide truth parallel to scripture truth. So some of these can pass for born again individuals, even thinking they are born again while they are not.
alex_vaughn — 2017-08-31T15:22:56-04:00 — #3
The mark of a Christian is our love. John 13:34-35
bill_coley — 2017-08-31T16:00:24-04:00 — #4
I've long believed that Jesus spent more time healing wounds, meeting needs, offering hope, and assessing people's actions than he did judging their belief systems. So I think one of the things we can watch for is the extent to which people who claim to be Christians follow Jesus' example: Do they spend their lives acting in his name, or judging the claims of others who claim to act in his name?
dave_l — 2017-08-31T16:57:00-04:00 — #5
And this is why so many were murdered for speaking the truth in love.
dave_l — 2017-08-31T16:57:49-04:00 — #6
We do not emulate Christ's love as long as we have one penny in the bank.
gao_lu — 2017-08-31T17:07:08-04:00 — #7
Good point. God is in the business of changing hearts. What people believe is all over the map. What a Christian does is important, vitally important. The authenticity of the relationship a person has with God is utterly important. That is why this thread matters.
dave_l — 2017-08-31T17:09:34-04:00 — #8
And Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. Not too many following him today.