Ministering in Disgraceful Underhanded Ways

by Mike  Ratliff

21 Therefore what benefit were you then deriving from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the outcome of those things is death. Romans 6:21 (NASB) 

As many of you know I am a Southern Baptist. However, things sure have changed over the last few years. I have said in other posts how becoming Reformed in my theology helped me tremendously both to become more mature as a Christian and also to become more discerning. I have also shared how it seemed that those of us who seemed to be able to withstand the seeker sensitive and emergent onslaught the best were Reformed. We seemed to congratulate ourselves on this and, at the time, I thought that doing that was not such a good idea because our enemy who is very evil, is also very intelligent and knows how to defile everything man does. Then over the last few years it has come to our attention that many of the leaders in our Reformed movement have also become leaders in another movement. They have become “woke.” That is, they have become leaders in conforming their organizations to Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality. What does that mean? It means that the SBC and other large Christian organizations are conforming to Identity world views. How do you know if your church has been infected. Has your pastor or church leaders attempted to emphasize diversity in church membership, etc? If so, you’ve been had. As we look back at what was done and how it was accomplished by these devoted to their globalization agenda we can see clearly that we were dealing with the forces of our enemy who were dedicated to “ministry” via the practice of cunning in disgraceful, underhanded ways as they tampered with God’s Word for their own ends (2 Corinthians 4:1-2). That is not what we are called to nor allowed to do.

1 Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we received mercy, we do not lose heart, 2 but we have renounced the things hidden because of shame, not walking in craftiness or adulterating the word of God, but by the manifestation of truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. 2 Corinthians 4:1-2 (NASB) 

This is the Apostle Paul’s statement of the integrity of his ministry and it should ours as well. What does it mean that he renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways, refusing to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s word, but by the open statement of the truth, they would commend themselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God? Sounds complex, but it really is not. Paul’s ministry, including all who worked with him was centered in God’s Word as absolute truth. He taught it that way. There was no “wider” view of God’s truth. God said it, therefore, that settled it. That is why he appealed to the people’s conscience. That is how the conscience works. It is a yes or no part of the human heart. It knows nothing about the pollution of “relationship language” in the context of biblical truth. God’s Word is Truth. It kills. It divides.

12 For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do. Hebrews 4:12-13 (NASB) 

Paul did not hold back on the truth to spare people’s feelings. The Apostles and the early church were martyred for this reason. They approached their Christianity and their daily lives as inseparable and Didactically. God gave us His truth, this is what He said, and we will not turn either left or right from it. Therefore, they were persecuted. The church has learned to live Dialectically since then, that is, by compromising. That is why it is no longer persecuted. Which do you think brings God glory? Paul shared with the Corinthians what life in this lost and dying world is like for those who live and walk the proper Christian life on the narrow path centered in God’s truth, relating to everyone Didactically rather than Dialectically. They also were not confused by the warped world view that comes from our enemy that we have called Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality. You see that “thing” forces a world view on you where you view everyone by dividing them up by race, class, etc.

8 we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 10 always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. 11 For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. 2 Corinthians 4:8-11 (NASB) 

If we live our lives in the center of God’s will for us then we will also not compromise with those who compromise His truth. We will not tolerate their lies about God’s truth as they try to minster in disgraceful, underhanded ways as they practice cunning, tampering with God’s Word for their own ends. No, we cannot mix with them at all. The Holy Spirit will work to divide us from them for they and their doctrines are poisonous and deadly. As we stand against those who minister this way or against family and friends who believe this way, it will cost us. The truth of God divides God’s people from those who are not His.  There are some who hold that God is all about relationships and that takes precedence over truth. That is found nowhere in God’s Word, but the opposite is. We are told to not be associated in any way with heretics and those who are apostatizing (2 Corinthians 6:14-18).

I have been asked for a very precise method to gauge the authenticity of the Christian leader or teacher or preacher or minister. In the past, I would have immediately said that the genuine Christian leader is one centered in God’s Word as the absolute truth while the false leader is one who waffles there. However, we have seen some very well respected Christian leaders make some very strange relationship decisions, appearing with obviously apostates in conferences or whatever. What is going on? It was through further research based on the Didactic vs. the Dialectic form of Christian ministry that this “gauge” of authenticity was made more apparent to me. Here it is. The genuine Christian leader is not only centered in God’s Word alone as absolute truth, he also ministers Didactically. He tells the truth even if it means its going to cause separation in relationships. He does not minister in a way that puts human relationships ahead of God’s truth. On the other hand, the false Christian leader is one who puts human relationships ahead of God’s truth. In other words, he ministers Dialectically. He ministers in a way that compromises God’s truth for the sake of relationships. This also means that he will not compromise God’s truth for the sake of taking on a new “world view” called Critical Race Theory simply for the goal of becoming more “diverse.”

There you have it. If you are in Christian leadership, I pray that you honestly examine yourself. Pray for God to show you the truth. Pray for God to grant you repentance of the pollution of compromise wherever it is found in your ministry. Yes, if you turn around and minister Didactically, it most certainly will cost you here in the temporal, but you will bring God glory in and through your ministry think of that eternal reward my brothers.

One last thing. I watched the following video today. It is a trailer made by Founder’s Ministry about the infection of Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality and its affects on the Southern Baptist Convention. It is long, but eye-opening.

By What Standard? A Founders Cinedoc

Soli Deo Gloria!

2 thoughts on “Ministering in Disgraceful Underhanded Ways

  1. I am still working my way through that video…it is VERY FULL of info, it takes a bit to assimilate it all. It is full of “Eureka” moments as you say, “AH-HAH! THAT is what they were doing….. so sad! Yes! I firmly believe the Lord is separating with the Sword of his Word and it is bringing persecution, Lord help us be faithful!!!!! A comment for Lyn……..not that we should ever be afraid to speak for our Lord, but there is no biblical base for having to stand before a congregation to explain why you are leaving when it is over apostasy. This sounds like a “control” move from your “pastor” especially since he has stopped other communication with you and is not approachable about any sin in this “church” If people want to know, individually they can seek you out……..but I wouldn’t expect it. Your situation is really none of my business, I just know how painful and confusing these situations can be so I hope you take no offense at my suggestion. I know how easy it is to feel “obligated” to do, say certain things that maybe are not expected by our Lord…… Thanks for all the articles Mike and for Posting the video. ONWARD AND UPWARD!!!

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  2. I too am a Southern Baptist, and like you in a search for biblical truth I became reformed in my theology. My pastor at the time was a syncretist in his soteriology. He just couldn’t give all the glory to God for his salvation. I came to find out he did not believe in literal hell and had other heterodox views. I left that church and attend another Southern Baptist church. In a recent sermon on the stoning of Steven, my pastor posited that Saul hearing the gospel given before the stoning was his first enlightenment of the truth of the gospel, and seemed to imply it had something to do with Sauls conversion. It is a small tell, but to me the reading of Sauls conversion was totally outside of Sauls will, as he was still breathing threats against Christians. I have approached him several times about what is going on in the Southern Baptist convention, and he looks at me like I have two heads. I care about my pastor and I don’t want to be a nitpicker, as it puts me at odds with people. However I take very seriously the admonishment of adding or taking away from Gods word. I really just want to study God word, worship, praise, and fellowship with the brethren. The problem is where to draw the line of contention.

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