If you follow other blogs, as I’m sure you do, you may have seen a post about me from SpaniardVIII that was posted this morning Spaniard VIII (who does not know me or my writing) makes some very serious charges about me which unfortunately, he did without first contacting me (as the Bible instructs us to do) to find out if what he heard from a secondhand source and from selected information was true.
PLEASE, if you are going to make public claims against a fellow Christian, make sure that what you are hearing is correct. No one is to be found guilty on the accusation of just one person, isn’t that what the bible says? But SpaniardVIII took the word of one blogger (ModConspiracy.com) and her ‘interpretation’ and ‘slant’ as to what was said and ran with it. To my knowledge, he never visited my site to see what I teach or to try and gain a view of my overall message.
Not only that, two of his followers: https://vincentsartalejr.wordpress.com/2019/04/26/false-doctrine-doublespeak/ and https://logosdot.wordpress.com/2019/04/26/false-doctrine-doublespeak/ who also don’t know me or my blog, actually reblogged these accusations with absolutely no investigation as to the charges presented. And without even awaiting my response and defense.
“A single witness shall not rise up against a man on account of any iniquity or any sin which he has committed; on the evidence of two or three witnesses a matter shall be confirmed.” Deuteronomy 19:15
**Addition to original post, 4/29/2019: Hawk2017 has since taken down the reblog of this original article. Thank you, Hawk2017.
You can find this article here:
I have presented the below defense to his article, however, he has not yet moderated and posted my reply.
You may question my genuineness in saying this, but I want to thank you for being fair and sincere in your post about me. I think you are speaking from your heart and you truly care about what you see as error. I wish you would have confronted me personally, as the Bible instructs us to do, but since you chose to post publicly, I hope you will also choose to post my response to each of the issues you present.
The Pre-Wrath Rapture view that I teach is not something I made up. It is a growing view that many people in the Church share. My intention in presenting it is to warn people that a pre-tribulation rapture ‘may not’ be what we as a Church experience. There are also many books on the subject, some of which are:
The Pre-Wrath Rapture of the Church – by Marvin Rosenthal
The Sign – by Robert Van Kampen
Anti-Christ Before The Day of the Lord – by Alan Kurschner
And, to be fair: The Pre-Wrath Rapture View: An Examination and Critique
The truth is, none of us knows exactly when the rapture will happen. If the Bible were 100% clear on this issue, there would be only one view and not many, as there are now. To staunchly defend one view over another, and accuse those who disagree of spreading false doctrine, is not an act worthy of a Watchman.
Secondly, I completely understand your concern over this statement: “Let me be clear: I place little to no value on traditional biblical views”. The word tradition or traditional refers only to inherited, established, or customary patterns of thought, action, or behavior. To say that I place little to no value on ‘traditional’ Biblical views is to say that I don’t necessarily hold to everything the Church teaches in response to what the Bible says.
For instance, Romans 8:26-27 says: “In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.” How many times have you heard this taught in relation to speaking in tongues? Depending on the type of church you attend, you will hear it often. I do believe in speaking in tongues, but is that really what this scripture says? No, it says the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. Not that we start praying for ourselves with words of another tongue.
This is just an example of what I mean when I say that I do not follow or teach tradition for the sake of tradition. I am not attacking the Bible. Nor am I attempting to teach strange doctrine. Everything I teach is according to the letter of the Word. God’s word, not man’s. Most of what I teach lines up with traditional views, but my goal is not to teach tradition or what other people think the Bible means. But what the Bible actually says.
As for referring to the didache. I know this is a great source of contention, so let me give you some background. The blogger with whom I was conversing holds to the fact that the early Christians (not in the book of Acts, but in history) held to a pre-tribulational rapture belief. This is not conveyed in the post that contains our comments, so the relevance is absent. He makes this statement as an historical fact and I presented an historical defense by referencing a valid historical writing that clears refutes his statement. If you honestly look at my statement and the relevant facts, you will see that I did not go in search of Truth within the Didache. I fully understand that this book is just a book, written by men. It is not the Bible and it does not contain TRUTH.
[Again] I am not attacking the Bible. Nor am I attempting to teach strange doctrine. Everything I teach is according to the letter of the Word. God’s word, not man’s. Most of what I teach lines up with traditional views, but my goal is not to teach tradition or what other people think the Bible means. But what the Bible actually says. If for this, I am being publicly discredited and labeled as teaching false doctrine or ‘double speak’ (and that without a chance to first defend my words), then I concede.
Addition to Original Post – 4/29/2019
I have posted the following reply to Spaniard VIII. This is my final communication on this subject. I am posting this so that if it is removed from his site, there is still a record of my words. You can find a complete thread of comments (though he has deleted my original response shown above, so I can’t guarantee he will not do the same to additional comments) at his site address as noted above.
I have a few things to say in response to your comment above, but before I go any further I would like to address one matter in particular:
In regard to my referencing the Didache, I concede on this point. Though I cited this material in the innocence of my heart, I did not consider the implications it could have on a new or less mature, less knowledgeable Christian; that might take my reference as an endorsement, or wrongly assume that any Truth could be found within its pages. For this, I am truly regretful and issue this statement: The Didache is a document written by men and is NOT a source of infallible, inerrant truth; as is the Bible – the true Word of God.
I am not unteachable, as you say above. I understand completely why you felt the need to confront me and I don’t fault you for that. But please, consider your approach. The Bible gives us very explicit instructions as to how Christians are to confront one another for a reason. One of which, besides fact-gathering, is to foster a safe environment for dialogue. Yet, you seem to gloss over this, as if how you handled this situation was completely acceptable, and should have no bearing on my response.
You say you have not slandered me. But you have slandered me. How? You have: written a public post that depicts a picture of a demon plotting to deliberately deceive people; accused me of moving away from sound teaching in the New Testament, seemingly because you don’t have a full understanding of what I teach and happen to disagree with me anyway; accused me of lying; accused me of referencing the Didache to deliberately sway people away from scripture to extra-biblical teaching; presumed to assign my heart motives; and in your comments to Hawk2017, you imply that I am not even a Christian.
Not once have you asked me anything or tried to gain any understanding. You have only told me what you assert to be true. And in spite of my previous comments (which you seem to have deleted from your site), you hold to your version of the story and your methods of confrontation. You appear to be very zealous about defending righteousness and truth, and I admire that. Yet, you violate clear Biblical instructions in order to attack me, a child of God. This is not a light matter.
In spite of these things, God has given me the grace to forgive you. I hold nothing against you and will not retaliate by attacking you in return. I have replied and presented my defense to your allegations, therefore, I see no reason to continue this dialogue. I will glean what I can from this encounter and I pray you will do the same. I may not agree with you or your methods, but you are my brother in Christ, and I pray God blesses you in your life and ministry to others.
*I’m hoping you will be gracious enough to post this reply, as I see you removed my original reply to you.