Social media can be a blessing and a distraction in life. We all know this to be true. So I won’t be talking about our social media usage but how Bible teachers, pastors, and other ministers rightly use social media and how they can be snared by it.
As a Bible teacher and blogger, I have a responsibility before God to study and teach the Word of God accurately. I am also responsible for correcting known false teaching as I teach the truth. This does not mean that I am supposed to comment on every big name that goes astray or add my two cents on every evangelical or charismatic controversy.
Many people will use the texts of Paul to correct people solely because they disagree with Pentecostalism or the Charismatic gifts. To be sure there is error in the movement, things I have addressed on this blog. We get distracted when we feel compelled to offer “hot takes” as things unfold or comment on everything that comes up. I’ve been guilty of this.
We have everything at our fingertips, but here’s the thing, Paul corrected situations he personally knew about. Unfortunately, we can become so sidetracked by all the errors that we don’t encourage and instruct. I don’t have to comment or teach what people say I should comment on, we all have thoughts, but that doesn’t mean every opinion needs to be shared.
At the end of my life and your life, it will be me and God; it will be you and God. We won’t be asked if we adhered to Calvinism, the Baptist Faith and Message, or anything else. We will be asked if we walked according to the Word of God and did what God asked of us.
I will correct an error when it presents itself, but I will not hunt it down on YouTube. I do deliverance ministry. I’ve come across wacky books; I don’t buy them. Anyone can call themselves a prophet and create a YouTube channel; I listen to trusted people. Yes, I know about the Trump prophecies; that deal brought about much study and searching my own heart. I believe in healing, yet, I am not healed. There are charlatans out there, but none of that changes the Word of God or the promises it contains; neither is healing guaranteed in this life.
Our responsibility before God is found in Scripture. We are to be hearers and doers of the Word. We are to be disciples of Jesus Christ. I’ve learned much from John Wesley, but I’m not his disciple. My theology is a mixed bag because each man’s theology has a little piece of the truth. But at the end of the day, I must return to The Word. I trace each of these back to Scripture, and the stuff that doesn’t fit is taken out of the ingredients of my spirit.
Each season in life shapes who we are, but we will be judged by how we finish, not each season. We will be judged on whether we completed our course well, not the three months of distraction here or the wrong understanding there; we are all in a process. Tell yourself that God has me on a path, and I’m growing. Don’t beat yourself up for sins, mistakes, and wrong turns – repent, course correct, and keep going.
My call is to lead people in freedom, teach the Jewish roots of the faith, and encourage people in their walk with God. Some people will disagree with deliverance and others with the methods I use. I’ve fought a battle over walking in Jewish roots because of misunderstandings many Christians have concerning it, but that’s why I’m called to it. I’ve had people say I teach works-based salvation because I emphasize holiness. None of that matters. What matters in my life and what matters in your life is that you hear well done, good, and faithful servant at the end of your race.
For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.1 Corinthians 2:2 LSB