Sunday, February 5, 2017
Why the Hatred of Deceived People?
While researching false teachings on the Internet I often come across sites which not only attack the false teachings but also attack the followers/adherents of these false teachings, belittling them and really just being downright mean.
I really don’t understand this. These people are actually bigoted against the deceived people, and often will misrepresent the teachings they follow just to make the people look totally foolish!
What is more interesting to me is that they do not treat pagans the same way. Does it ever occur to them that these deceived people are really the same as the pagans — and some of them are indeed pagans because they are cult members! Catholics and Mormons seem to get the most invectives, as if Jehovah’s Witnesses or Christian Scientists, et al, are any less deceived.
You who are calling yourselves discernment/apologetics ministries and yet behave in this manner are bringing disgrace to the name of Christ. Don’t attack the people — attack the teachings and expose the teachings biblically to show why the people are being deceived! Expose the false teacher by comparing their teachings to Scripture, but don’t attack them personally. Expose the false teachers for their behavior and why the behavior is wrong rather than just calling them names.
Yes, the Mormon religion is from Satan, but the Mormons themselves are deceived and need the gospel just as much as does the average pagan on the street who your are so willing to hand tracts too. Yes the Roman Catholic religion is corrupt with apostate and heretical teachings, but the Catholic person is deceived and in need of the truth just as does the pagan you hand tracts to.
Why is it these sort of people have no problem going everywhere with all sorts of tracts trying to get the average Joe or Jane on the street to take one and perhaps have a seed planted so they will seek truth, but they have no desire to reach people in cults or apostate religions? Is it because they have a semblance of Christianity that they are to be hated rather than pitied? Would these “apologists” rather refuse access to the truth for these people because they happened to be deceived by a teaching that is hated?
It doesn’t matter whether the person is a Catholic, a Mormon, a Jehovah’s Witness, a Freemason, a Hindu, a Muslim, etc. If you have the truth and they need it — reach out to them. Don’t just attack them as being stupid or ignorant, or fools, etc. They are all lost and need the light to expose the darkness they are in.
Drop your bigotry against the people because of the religion or non-religion they follow, and treat them as Jesus would treat them.