While the illustration has been used before, I believe it is appropriate to begin this particular post. It has been said there was a time when people applied to become a bank teller that they would have to undergo strenuous training in order to detect counterfeit monies. The training would consist of learning the difference between bad bills and good bills. However, throughout the training, the teller never touched the counterfeit. Their job was to handle the real thing all day long. When an individual came along who tried to pass off a counterfeit bill, the teller would know immediately. Why? Because they were completely familiar with the real thing.
A Christian brother has brought to my attention an issue that I feel is worth sharing with our readers. Recently, we have put out a spate of videos and articles that truthfully would be difficult to show how such a post has made us like Jesus Christ. Even more importantly, with such a wide readership, it would be difficult to show how such posts have sought to point out to you the importance of becoming more like the Saviour Who died for us on the cross of Calvary. They were titillating, newsworthy enough for CNN, bloated on the wickedness found in so-called Christianity, etc., but many did only that and did not focus on the “Author and Finisher of our faith Who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Heb. 12:2)
Is defending truth and contending for the faith important? YES! A thousand times YES! However, I believe our goals should be to put the real in front of our readers so that you, as Berean Christians, will know when you see the counterfeit. Yet, the counterfeit has been given a great deal of airtime and even I, The Desert Pastor, have been guilty of doing this.
Having received a rebuke in Christian love, I have started my response by removing the recent post with video on Ed Young. I want to make it clear that by removing this post I am in no way endorsing Ed’s ministry for I believe he is a charlatan and a wolf in sheep’s clothing. He makes light of the ministry and is certainly not in line with the Biblical mandates of a Scriptural pastor. I posted the video more in what I had considered to be “righteous” anger instead of giving full thought to the impact it might have on the reader.
Secondly, I apologize to our readers for not personally being more careful in the type of material I produce. Yes, the world is full of junk, charlatans, and fools. However, my goal in wanting to be more like the Lord Jesus Christ is to point to the Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world. My desire is that through ALL of my writing that you as the reader will desire yourselves to become more like the One Whom we claim to love and want to be like. Romans 12 makes it clear that we are to be transformed as a believer, but this can only take place by the renewing of the mind.
From my perspective, the renewing of the mind does NOT need constant airing of the trivial, the mundane, the mockery of the world, or even the foolishness of those who supposedly claim the name of Christ. Many good posts have been written emphasizing quotes from men of old who exalted the Saviour. Many more have been written dealing with the truth of Scripture as they pointed out the error of world cults. Many have been a theological exposition with the full intent of pointing the reader to Christ.
If a Christian man desires purity, it is not the best choice to pick up a copy of “Every Man’s Battle” which is written in a lewd manner that does not truly reflect the mind of Christ. In my understanding of Scripture, the same should be true when we seek to defend truth and contend for the faith.
The bottom line is this. If you and I are learning at the feet of the Saviour, the truth will cause us to rejoice. It will enable us to admit when we have been wrong, and it will exhort us to change in areas that do not reflect Jesus Christ 100% of the time. I want to make it clear that these are my own personal thoughts and are not intended as a slight to any of my fellow contributors. Each of us have the responsibility for our own posts. This is the stand that I am choosing to take.
To conclude, Charles Spurgeon often stated, “When I preach, I begin with a passage of Scripture and make a beeline for the Cross of Calvary.” The Lord being my helper, this will be the direction that I will pursue in every post that I produce. For that, I will never have to give an apology.