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Watch Out for the Christian Paparazzi

I sometimes receive e-mails from Christian busy-bodies, Jude calls them “clouds without water and trees without fruit” (v. 12), who are sending me the latest revelation on who is the leading candidate for “antichrist” or exposing how false spirits are entering the church. The message usually contains an urgent plea to send this SHOCKING REVELATION to as many people as you can. What is especially troubling is when fellow believers are mentioned by name as “the deceived” and anyone who has ever read their books, been to one of their conferences or bought the T-shirt is now guilty by association. In case you didn’t know, you are now an accomplice in a sinister, demonic scheme to deceive and destroy the Church!

What we have here is the spiritual equivalent to a “Christian” drive by shooting. These self-appointed prophets act like religious paparazzi, running to and fro with their noses in everyone else’s business. They are super-Christians, with tongues faster than a speeding bullet, able to leap over the giant log in their own eye to gouge out the speck in the ministry of another. Of course it’s all done in Jesus’ name out of great concern for doctrinal purity. With friends like these, who needs to worry about the devil!

Let me be really clear: GOD HATES THOSE WHO SOW DISCORD AMONG HIS FAMILY (Proverbs 6:19).

 To accuse another brother or sister of being deceived by a demon is a strong and serious accusation. Equally frightening is the attributing of a work of the Holy Spirit to Satan (Wow! You better really be sure about this one because the Holy Spirit does not appreciate being called Satan).

These accusations are especially disturbing when the person being pursued by the Christian paparazzi have a long track record of love and good fruit (Matthew 7:16). God specifically forbids speaking recklessly and irresponsibly about those who are in an office of spiritual authority. In fact, Paul tells us, “Do not receive an accusation against an elder except from two or three witnesses (I Timothy 5:19). Paul adds, “Who are you to judge another’s servant?” (Romans 14:4) The Lord, Himself, is able to discipline and correct his sons and daughters. That’s never been our job. We are to pray for our leaders (Hebrews 13:17-18) and, when there is reason to believe they are immoral, heretical or demonized, they should be approached by elders in their local church and not spiritual gossipers on the world-wide web!

Paul offers a better approach. “If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.” (Romans 12:18). We are to serve our brothers and sisters with “all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:2-4). Let’s do what we can to love, encourage and strengthen Christ’s family instead of trying to throw our flesh and blood under the bus!

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  1. Miki
    August 25th, 2010 at 13:48 | #1


  2. Kim Graham
    August 25th, 2010 at 21:48 | #2

    OH, DOUBLE AMEN!!!!! THANK YOU for saying this!! I was talking with a friend just today about this very thing. We concluded that we ALL are going to have “issues” until Jesus returns. So, lets get our eyes off each other’s problems and picking each other to death, pray for truth and unity in our church body, and then get out into the WORLD!! If we want to attack something … attack the ENEMY and take a few lost souls “hostage” from him into the Kingdom of God rather than attacking each other within the church! If a person has an issue with someone, here are some questions God gave me in my battle plan to stay free from gossip:
    “Why are you telling ME this??” “Are you praying for God to have mercy and let His truth be known in YOUR HEART as well as THEIRS?” “Have you told (the person) what you are telling me?? If not, you need to know I will be going to them to verify whatever you tell me and get their point of view on this.” “The Bible says to pray for our enemies. Are you praying them to life or talking them to death?” “Let’s pray for them together right now.”

    What God taught me:
    Don’t touch God’s anointed … pray for them to walk in wisdom and guidance and mercy. If they are as wrong as you think, I will be sending some heavy judgement and they need those who love and care about them to be covering them and asking for correction and mercy from an attitude of love. If you are driven to gossiping instead of to your knees in tears and prayer for them, your heart is just as messed up as you THINK their hearts are!!! And I alone and the True Judge of Mens’ hearts!

    This is at a whole different level. It does not give leadership the right to do what they want, nor does it ask those following to be blind to what is going on. What it says to me is, GOD ALREADY KNOWS, HE is on the throne, HE has a plan in motion. HE calls me to intercession for them, not gossiping and wounding them. Love them as Jesus loves me in my mess. Pray for the Holy Spirit to fall on them to show them the way just as I need wisdom and correction in my life. But usually, its a case of people not having ALL the facts. Over time, I have seen that Leadership is generally right on, even when they may have specific moments of missing it. God is the Divine GPS, let Him to His work in their lives. He will get HIS CHURCH where HE wants us … even with a few wrong turns and u turns thrown in! He’s real cool like that! :)

  3. Olga Ponce de Leon
    September 7th, 2010 at 14:12 | #3

    Absolute truth stated here. We WILL to love our neighbors as ourselves. God will help us truly live the Christian life if we draw near to Him each and every day being vigilant over our own hearts. Love the Good Word, keep it coming!

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