He was not sponsored, nor affiliated, with any church in the city and spoke on non-church property.
However, because of a previous relationship with a church in our city, he attracted a significant audience.
I was completely unaware this was going on.
My husband had a friend who seemed completely out of sorts one day. He asked him what was going on and the young man replied that he had seen a “spiritually based” presentation and that it had “shaken him to his core” and that he was depressed and confused.
Without getting too much into the details (because neither my husband nor I really understood them) it was something along the lines of “alternate universes,” “aliens,” etc. (All concepts I personally do not consider inherently mutually exclusive with a God and Savior, but I digress).
The conversation didn't go any further at that point, but then this past weekend, from others, we learned more.
The pastor at the church with which this presenter was previously affiliated, spoke out against this man and his teaching. He called him “the most dangerous man he knew” and warned church goers to “stay away from him.”
The next part made me sick to my stomach.
Several (not sure how many) young people, who attended this presentation in our town, were placed on medically recommended suicide watch as a result of attending.
As a daughter of the King, this is simply unacceptable.
While this guy is clearly abusing “religion and spirituality” (or, rather, his interpretations of them) and is a walking, talking neon sign flashing “False Teacher,” there is a greater message here I believe.
It’s the harder one. The more uncomfortable one.
Are you relying on a misrepresentation of spirituality and “life pragmatism” and devotionals (none of which are bad things!)?
Or are you rooted firmly in the rock and unshakeable foundation of the Word of God?
Satan and his principalities would love us to consider our own conjuring of spirituality as our fight for spiritual warfare; to rely on our own understanding and perceptions of the universe instead of the inherent and unwavering characters of our Lord.
In reality, “spiritual warfare” as we experience it (although a lie) can best and arguably only be fought with scripture, the Word of God, the B-I-B-L-E.
So, my call out to all my friends and brothers and sisters in faith, is to dial it back, even just for a moment.
Our best weapons in today’s world (and against false teachers) are to dig deep into unedited scripture and commune with God and God alone.
While all the byproducts of Christianity (say, commentary, etc.) are amazing and heal and save and profess the Kingdom, NOTHING CAN REPLACE your study time with the word.
Individually. In a group.
You can read it on a train.
You can read it on a plane.
This, and this alone, is how you prepare for battle.
That being said, if you are in a church where the Bible, and the Gospel of the Cross, in its unedited, flawless, perfect, timeless entirety is not being taught consistently, in heavy doses…Run.
Do not allow yourself to be shaken.
Take hold of the perfect protection that the Lord has handed you.
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful teaching, rebuking, correcting and TRAINING in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be THOROUGHLY EQUIPPED for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17
As for God, his way is perfect:
The Lord's word is flawless;
his shield all who take refuge in him.