It is surely a sign of God’s judgment when the weak have to take a stand on biblical issues because of the cowardice of those who are more concerned for their own reputations and emotions, than for God’s honor. But if the strong aren’t willing to take a stand, then they can at least try not to be needlessly offended by those of us who are willing to do so. And whether we are doing it “politically correct” enough or not, is NEVER a valid argument against the cause of Christ that’s being stood for.
Despite a natural instinct to protect our own, we must break the code of silence when God’s truth is being blasphemed and His people are being spiritually abused. In the CoC we were taught to keep silent concerning our deceptive doctrines that were not supported by Scripture. So those of us who break this code of silence, end up becoming outcasts, and are considered to be the scum of the earth (1 Cor. 4:13).
I am not a super woman, I am just one ordinary person; a sinner saved only by God’s free grace; a weak woman who refused to look the other way when God was being offended. As a result, I was disowned and disinherited, but I had counted the cost. And Jesus and an eternal inheritance in Him has been more than worth it. Even when my world started falling apart, God guarded my heart and mind through Christ Jesus so that I could patiently endure. Consequently, He revealed that one very weak and insignificant woman can turn the world upside down, for the cause of Christ, because His strength is made perfect in weakness (2 Cor. 12:9).
After being transformed by God’s saving grace, I just could not ever again go along with the CoC’s cultic code of silence. And by His sustaining grace, I’ve continued to stand firm on my convictions, to follow God’s command to have no fellowship with works of darkness, and to keep exposing it (Eph. 5:11).
According to Scripture, those in the truth do not mind being publically examined or questioned, which is why I have courted the light. But evil doers refuse to let their every word to be established, for they evade accountability (Mt. 18, Jn. 3:19-21). And this is precisely why staunch CoC’ers cannot help but to constantly confirm the truth represented in my book. But they do all that they can to stifle any convictions that could break through their cultic conditioning. Because they are taught to regard such convictions as a means of their overthrow, when they are actually a step in the right direction.
It’s typical for CoC’ers to refuse to answer for their heresies publically, in tangible form, for then they could be carefully re-read, examined and documented for all to see. But that would be too revealing, which is why they prefer verbal confrontations so they can try to intimidate any opposition, with shrilling, obnoxious, over-bearing condescension, haughtiness, hypocrisy and angry screeds. Because they cannot engage with the biblical evidence that they are unable to refute or humbly submit to.
Predictably, rank CoC’ers seem more concerned for their own reputations than for God’s honor. For they prefer to take personal offense when their heresies are exposed, rather than taking God’s side against themselves (true repentance) and taking offense over the fact that God is offended by their blasphemies against Him and those who actually stand for His truth.
They often become very cynical toward any constructive criticism. Even to the point of having evil suspicions against the motives of those who sincerely seek to lead them to the true Lord and Savior. Because those who take refuge in lies will seek to evade the truth by obsessively occupying themselves with what they falsely perceive to be personal offenses.
“make a man an offender for a word, and lay a snare for him that reproveth in the gate, and turn aside the just for a thing of nought” (Isa. 29:21).
Reformed “Baptists,” like us, are even falsely accused, by them, of being in a cult and having demons simply because we agree with much of the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith, which contains Scriptural references to back up our beliefs, and has been upheld by sincere Christians for hundreds and hundreds of years, before any “restoration” cults ever came about.
But ironically, they have condemned themselves as hypocrites, by falsely judging us for what they themselves are actually guilty of. And we are not the ones troubling them, for their own guilty conscience is what troubles them. As a result, they are bringing down God’s judgment upon themselves, for not repenting, renouncing baptismal regeneration and turning to the true gospel of Jesus Christ.
So their sinful emotional responses do not have to be validated. And we will not accept the false guilt they’ve tried to lay on us for not entering into and validating their spiritual abuses, cultic alliances and sinful reactions to the gospel. For to do so, would be like weeping with an abuser that didn’t get to abuse as much as they wanted to! The multitude of problems that inevitably result from their heresies, which they rebelliously refuse to confess, repent of and come to terms with, are not our responsibility.
If bringing the gospel truth to our people makes us a “troubler” in their eyes, then glory be to God, we are forever thankful, because their blood is no longer on our hands! For such accusations only further confirm that we are in good company with God’s people and Jesus our Savior!!
Wicked King Ahab accused Elijah of being a “troubler” of Israel (2 Kings 18:17). Amos was told that the land was not able to bear all his words, and he was accused of conspiring against Jeroboam (Amos 7:10). My Lord and Savior was even accused of “stirring up the people” and “offending” the Pharisees (Mt. 15:12-14, Lk. 23:5). Apostle Paul and Silas “troubled the city” (Acts 16:20) and were accused of “turning the world upside down” (Acts 17:6).
“They hate him that rebuketh in the gate, and they abhor him that speaketh uprightly” (Amos 5:10).
Jesus made it clear that if the world does not hate you, then you are not following Him in testifying against evil (Jn. 7:7). Such compromisers are actually following those who hate God’s people and fight against His cause. Could it be because they never built their house upon the foundation of Christ? Could it be that their self-serving schemes all these years have finally caught up with them?
I realize now that it was a huge mistake for us to give even the slightest impression that CoC’ers could take advantage of our forgiving spirit, loving-kindness and tender-hearted empathy. For we have recently been reminded that there is NO forgiveness or compassion to be found in cultic CoC circles that try to put those of us who refuse to conform to spiritual chaos, in a position of perpetual penance.
For those who break the CoC’s cultic code of silence will not even be allowed to seek reconciliation on a personal level, because it would call for an understanding and forgiving spirit on their part, which they are unable to exhibit, because they know nothing about true forgiveness, for they do not believe the true gospel.
But, by God’s grace, I will never again conform to the CoC’s “second laws of pardon,” or else I would be an apostate in God’s eyes. I am more than willing to apologize for any faults on my part, but I will NOT apologize for the truth, and I will NOT apologize for things that I’m not even guilty of!!
It’s truly amazing that there are those who have even tried to say there are certain things written in my book that are not even in there. Anyone who actually reads my book knows that such false accusers are witnesses against themselves by being so pathologically dishonest. Some have even gone to the extent of trying to convince us that certain things never happened, when we all KNOW that they did, because there are those of us who still have a strong sense of REALITY, for we are not on mind-altering substances.
But since the truth seems to be too offensive for some to accept, then it’s obvious that we are going in two totally opposite directions in this life and for eternity. So, I’ve realized that I have to come to terms with this, and it has been heart-breaking, but my ultimate allegiance is to my Savior, Jesus Christ, not to the enemies of His truth.
Even Jesus’ own countrymen were offended by Him, for they were too familiar with Him to believe that there was anything special about His message (Mt. 13:7). So we are not at all surprised to be regarded as offensive by those who have been the most familiar with our humanity, for they walk by sight instead of by faith in the truth that we stand for. And we share the same sentiment that Jesus had toward such people, by recognizing that our true family is of those who love God and His truth (Mt. 12:47-49).
“Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” (Amos 3:3).
It’s no coincidence that the perilous times that we are living in are characterized by those who love themselves more than God. No wonder narcissism is at the very top of that famous list (2 Tim. 3). Their main concern is their own reputation, their own honor, their own emotions and their own name, rather than Jesus’ name. And Jesus exposed the satanic influence behind such notions when He told Peter:
“Get behind Me Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God but of the things of men.” (Mt. 16:23).
If only those who are offended by truth could realize that the ones who are “helping” them and affirming them in their pretended victimhood, are actually the ones who are imprisoning them in a perpetual pity party, just so they can spitefully jump on the opportunity to spread slander, to further their own sinister agenda against the truth. All because they are infuriated that we broke the CoC’s cultic code of silence and publicly exposed their false religion for what it really is. For they had so many people fooled, for so many years. They pretended to believe the truth, while they still courted the cult and never came completely out from among them.
One sure sign of a false teacher is when they attempt to redefine their terms, once their heresies are exposed. And sadly, this was a CoC trick that I recently had to catch on to… all over again. They are so seductive, because they attempt to agree with the truth on the surface, while underhandedly slipping in baptismal regeneration. Just like the Judaizers, who slipped in circumcision, along-side faith in Christ (Gal.1-2). Such evil workers (as Paul called them) will always try to shame those of us who follow in the footsteps of Jesus and the Apostles, who set the precedent for us to publicly expose false teachers.
And many CoC’ers go to the extent of malicious slander when they are exposed. For instance, one CoC family initially tried to blame the mental institutionalization of one of their converts on her son who had left the CoC to become Presbyterian! Rather than confessing the true spiritual causes of their mental illnesses, CoC’s often try to lay the blame on those who leave their cult. As a result, many of their members often end up with an obsessive dependence upon pharmakia as a means to chemically sear a condemned conscience, rather than repenting, which is a serious offense against God! But such neurotic cultism happens more often than most Christians are aware of. Yet no one can expose it without being slandered and falsely accused of being too offensive.
But personally, I will no longer agree to be my people’s designated scapegoat. As a result, they will all have to face their own issues and take responsibility for them, instead of blame-shifting to try to avoid accountability to God. When they all turned their back on Christ and His true gospel, they ended up turning on those of us who live and die for His truth. And though God had initially given us to them as a heritage, they obviously never appreciated it, for they chose to strengthen the hands of the wicked instead, because they are more comfortable with lies than the truth (Isa. 28:15-17, Psa. 127:3-5, 2 Thess. 2:11).