Identity Theft


 

by Mike Ratliff

If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain. (1 Timothy 6:3-5 ESV)

I received an email from Ken Silva today suggesting that I navigate over to a certain blog that exists solely to shadow Christian Research Network, Apprising Ministries and Slice of Laodicea to read through the discussion thread of a certain post. I suppose I shouldn’t have been surprised, but several were discussing their plans to have various law suits filed against Ken and even having him investigated by the IRS. My brethren, is this how Christians treat other Christians, even if they disagree with them? I didn’t stay long. I posted the following passage:

“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” (Matthew 5:10-12 ESV)

I then stated that as Christians we should take the high road. It was as if these words, the very words of our Saviour, were shrugged off and meant nothing.  Like I said, I didn’t stay long so I don’t know what happened after that, but I am certain I would have heard about it if any there had actually been any impacted by that gentle rebuke. You see, the Word of God will have an eternal impact on everyone who hears it. Some will hear and obey. Sadly, most will hear and reject it. Continue reading