I just received Dr. David Reagan’s newest e-article from his Lamb and Lion Ministries, and was quite suprised at what I read. With the growth of apostasy into mysticism in today’s Christian churches, I was suprised by the article’s contents. My hope is that if we would all begin to ask questions of our church leaders or beloved ministry leaders when they seemingly step-off the narrow path that leads to Heaven, we would begin to see healthy accountability. Here is a link to his article for your review:
http://community.icontact.com/p/lamblion/newsletters/pna/posts/are-you-standing-for-righteousness (Edit: As of January 2013, this article is no longer accessible! I will continue to see if I can locate it.)
And here is my response (I will post their response as soon as I receive it):
I just received your most recent article on Standing for Righteousness. Sir, while I most appreciate your wisdom, I do take issue with the article and I am hoping for your ear.
I agree that all too often Christians stay on the sidelines when it comes to “action”, however, I did not see one Biblical reference supporting your suggestions to, “Pray that God would burden your heart with an issue, ask for his guidance in how to act, and then, “Just Do It!” Biblical support leans more towards the Great Commission- spreading the Gospel, Truth, and NOT toward enacting social change. If we are doing our job of spreading Truth, hearts and minds will be changed which will, in turn, change behaviors. Not to imply that I am against standing on the street corner at an abortion clinic, sharing Truth with women entering it’s ranks.
It seems your article advocated mysticism. With no Biblical support for your suggestions, you simply claim that God will lay it on your heart, which seems to imply extra-Biblical revelation. His Word tells us that it contains ALL we need pertaining to life and godliness. 2 Tim 3:16,17
Further, and more specifically, I see no Biblical support to say that we don’t have enough time or room to care about or fight all evils. First of all, our greatest example, Christ, was not an outspoken advocate for or against the social ills, barring apostasy, but was greatly concerned that the Word was spread. So, in Him, our greatest fight is in sharing Truth and in resisting deception!
Sir, my heart was further grieved when I read your example included, “A Monk Who Challenged An Empire.” Telemachus, a monk he was, a noted eastern aesthetic (eastern mystic). You claim he, “lived alone as a hermit seeking God.” We have many examples of mystics who lived their lives as hermits “seeking (g)od”, but a Christian that does not make. I fear when I see Christian leaders compromising on the Truth’s of Scripture to give examples of non-Christian good deeds, especially when Scripture is replete with Godly martyrs. Further, you included a quote by Edward Gibbon. I disagree with the quote, as I believe it really only applies, and greatly so, to our King, but more importantly, Mr. Gibbon converted to Roman Catholicism at an early age (which I would hope you wouldn’t argue is a Christian faith) and his book from which you retrieved that quote, The Decline and Fall…, was, for a time banned in several countries because of it’s aggressively anti-religion/ anti-Christian content and it’s highly anti-Semitic content. Also, he was a noted champion of Enlightenment.
I am concerned that you either agree with your post, or you were unaware of the truths of what you posted. We, as you know, are being confronted with a mysticism movement within the ranks of Christianity that I believe has grown to such a terrifying size it surely is the great falling away. True Christians are seeking after teachers of Truth in these dark days, not wanting to be perverted by those lacking discernment. I pray that you will consider my words and look forward to your response.
I pray, “That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God.” Col 1:10