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Short Thoughts on Watchdog Ministries

I keep up with a few watchdog ministries in blogs, Twitter, and listen to one watchdog ministry on iTunes so I am familiar with watchdog ministries.  I do believe that we need men and women of God who love the Lord, His Word, and desire for sound doctrine to be preached in the Church.  I appreciate their emphasis on examining major ministries and pointing out doctrinal issues involved with them.  Recently we saw this helpful when James McDonald hosted his “elephant room” meetings with men such as Mark Driscoll, T.D. Jakes and several others.  Jakes is known for his oneness Pentecostal beliefs and his rejection of the orthodox position on the Trinity.  Driscoll asked Jakes what he believed about the Trinity.  Jakes seemed to approve the Trinity but watchdog ministries were helpful to show that his view is still flawed and not clear.  In other words, Jakes did what he always does on the Trinity, seemed to affirm it but didn’t which helps him maintain his status in both trinitarian and oneness Pentecostal circles.

What bothers me about some aspects of watchdog ministries (and this is not true of them all but several of them) is that they can be flat-out rude.  For instance, I am no fan of seeker churches nor do I have a high view of seeker preachers but I don’t believe that I should pick on seeker pastors and how they dress or how they do their hair.  Who cares?  Let’s stay focused on doctrinal issues and not become rude and make fun of how people look.  After all, we are all made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27) and this means that we are all unique before Him.  Psalm 139:14 is true of us all no matter our skin color or our eye color or our hair color.  We are unique and loved by God.

Now again, I have no problem with pointing out errors theologically but Paul tells us in 2 Timothy 2:24 that God’s worker must not be quarrelsome and 1 Peter 3:15 says that we are to answer people with gentleness and respect.  We are not to be argumentative.  We are not to be arrogant.  We are not to be rude.  We are ambassadors of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20) and we are to reflect our King who is loving and good (1 John 4:7-8).

So please, watchdog ministries, please continue to help us understand where ministries are errant in theology and help us to correct our own wayward theology through truth but I also urge you to be holy (1 Peter 1:15-16) and to seek to be at peace with all people (Hebrews 12:14-15).  I urge you to answer others with the truthfulness of the Word of God but do so with grace and mercy and not arrogance and pride.  I also ask you to pray for those whom you critique, that God would bring them to repentance (2 Timothy 2:24-26).  I have no problem naming names of people who are teaching heresy after all, Paul did (2 Timothy 1:15).  But let us seek to answer these heretics with grace and with love and not anger or bitterness or wrath.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

03/26/2012 at 8:08 AM

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  1. Well said!

    Steve Sewell

    03/26/2012 at 8:13 AM

  2. I’ve often felt the same way. I’ve quit following a handful of watchdog ministries on Twitter. I appreciated the truths they were standing for, but they often came off in a less than charitable way. It really began to grate on me after a while.

    Regular reader of your blog, Roy… God bless.


    03/26/2012 at 8:18 AM

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