The Appeasement of Theological Terrorists

In “Inspired Apostle vs. Academic Whores,” Vincent Chueng offers some important insights on how many in the church today appease theological terrorists, that is, those who pervert the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

He bases his discussion on 1 Timothy 6:3-5, which reads:

“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.”

Here are some excerpts from Chueng’s piece (all words in bold are mine):


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On the Application of Matthew 18 to Public Sin (Brian M. Abshire)

Rev. Brian M. Abshire has written an excellent piece “On the Application of Matthew 18 to Public Sin,” which refutes the commonly-held view that sin must always be addressed privately.

As he demonstrates, where there is the sin of distorting gospel, and hence the well-being of the church is at stake, dealing with the matter–at least 0ften–is a public, not a private, matter.  Here is an excerpt:

The common thread to all these “exceptions” to the first step of Matthew 18 is that there is more than the individual sinner’s welfare is at stake. This actually makes sense in the context of Matthew 18:15. The Majority Text of verse 15 adds the words “against you.”


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The Importance of Precise Doctrine

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It is unloving (and hateful) not to warn about false teachers

Watching wolves hunt down and devour their prey is instructive to the dangers of false teachers (which the Bible considers wolves), who hunt down and devour their prey with deceitful doctrine and smooth speech.  But most professing Christians today would rather let false teachers devour their prey than sound a warning and appear to be “unloving.”

The Bible warns that wolves (false teachers) (Acts 20:26-31) will arise among the flock.  And yet, under the pretext of “love,” American evangelicalism condemns pointing out these wolves.

But let’s see if this reasoning holds up.  If a dangerous wolf (the animal kind), waiting to devour people, was in the neighborhood, would it be unloving to warn others about it?

Of course not.  It would in fact be unloving, and even hateful, not to warn others.


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The Apostle Paul versus the contemporary “pastor”

While many of today’s professing pastors claim to take the teachings of the Apostle Paul seriously, the fact that they refuse to protect the flock by not calling heresy heresy belies their claim.

The arguments in the following fictional letter written by the Trinity Foundation reflects the very arguments these so-called pastors often make when a member of their congregation dares to identify false teachers.

A Letter to Paul the Apostle

Charles Phinney

Presbyterian Church in Asia Minor

Committee on Missions

Paul the Apostle

c\o Aquila the Tentmaker

Corinth, Greece

Dear Paul:

We recently received a copy of your letter to the Galatians. The committee has directed me to inform you of a number of things, which deeply concern us.

First, we find your language to be somewhat intemperate. In your letter, after a brief greeting to the Galatians, you immediately attack your opponents by claiming they “want to pervert the gospel of Christ.”


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