Punching People and not Proclamations
On June 27, 2006, I recognized this new teaching of contemplative prayer. I noted that I would be dedicating some time to researching it with the intent of returning with some sort of critique and, if need be, a cry of repentance. I thought that I would be giving a strong shoulder of orthodoxy in defense and a bold jab to the jaw of heresy. But it seems that many have beaten me to the punch!
However, I’m not into shadowboxing or sneaky upper cuts. And from what I have been reading that is exactly what is going on. Bloggers and other authors are seemingly using this controversy to attack the more popular Christian leaders like Beth Moore and Max Lucado. If you ask me (and since you have) these offensive attacks cross the barrier of apologetics.I wonder if “love hopes” as Paul says? I mean the minute we take our eyes off the real issue which is to bring all back to repentance, then we have lost the battle altogether. Paul wrote Timothy this:
The Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will. (2 Timothy 2:24-26)
I would suggest that jabs like this be more directed at the heresy and not so much the heretic. In essence, this is sparring with an imaginary opponent. This is shadowboxing. I mean, when we throw punches at the teacher and not the teaching, then we essentially fighting the wrong fight. We wrestle not against people, but thoughts and imaginations; destructive heresies.
I would also suggest that jabs like this be more honest and upfront. Using contemplative prayer to attack Beth because she is a female teacher is just a dishonest, sneaky, upper cut. It is equivocating. It is, as Peter wrote, “using liberty as a cloak for vice” (1 Peter 2:16). Honestly, these are just plain wrong.
My hope is that we remember the gospel. My prayer is that God purify us all (doctrine and practice). I see no reason to hide under the cloak of this new teaching in order to land some jabs on the jaws of popular leaders.