I am aware of how hypocritical this entry is.(Romans 14.22??) I am hating on the Christian haters. I am so disgusted with the 'gospel experts' sitting behind their keyboards and pulpits declaring everyone else a pharisee or a phony. How many people have accepted the Gift of Eternal Life because someone pointed out a 'flawed' theology? Contrarily, how many people have become confused or bitter because of all the negativity and finger pointing?
Yes, I have had conversations come up with others about Joel Osteen, Benny Hinn, Joyce Meyer, the Christian haters online and local preachers. Yes, I have been asked questions about what those people preach. And yes, I have volunteered my opinion what those dudes are preaching. There are things about each one these dudes that I can disagree with and agree with. It is tough to not get caught up in threads and debates about who is right and who is wrong. I like to post something totally irrelevant in the threads, such as Project 86 is the greatest band ever. Or if you don't know Mars Ill, you don't know Hip Hop. Or even something as stupid as my favorite color is snot green.
With such easy access to express an opinion, its kinda hard not to spout off what we believe about Faith, sports, politics, work. I believe it comes down to each persons motivation. (Romans 2.16) Why do we do what we do? Why do we preach what we preach? Is it share Jesus or is it to argue and debate about things that only time will tell?
I think anyone that chooses to limit Holy Spirit to the doctrine of one person is a fool. I think anyone that wants to spend their time and talents tearing down other peoples doctrines instead of praying for those people is a bigger fool. I think anyone that wants to preach hate instead of preaching the Love and Grace of Jesus (yes, that includes confession (1John 1.9)and repentance (Titus 2.11-14) of sin) is the biggest fool of all. I think there are too many Christians playing the role of a fool. And too many times I play the fool.
It's true that some here preach Christ because with me out of the way, they think they'll step right into the spotlight. But the others do it with the best heart in the world. One group is motivated by pure love, knowing that I am here defending the Message, wanting to help. The others, now that I'm out of the picture, are merely greedy, hoping to get something out of it for themselves. Their motives are bad. They see me as their competition, and so the worse it goes for me, the
better—they think—for them.
Philippians 1.15-17 The Message