It is amazing how may LIARS befriend me on the dishonest claim that, “I love your preaching. I listen to you all the time!” Only to (at some later date and time) begin trolling me on something that I preach on a regular basis.
A. PROVING they are liars who do not listen to my preaching and teaching “all the time”. They may have listened to a handful of sermons that didn’t contradict their own dogma, but they just ran across me in passing as they run to hear “hype” and those who preach “topical sermons” covering their pet hang ups. They listen to the same topical stuff over and over and over… And really DESPISE expository Bible teaching. They are NOT real Bible believers. They really don’t even LIKE the Bible. They like excitement and hobby horse issues.
B. DEMONSTRATING that we have no real “friendship”. They are just spiritual opportunists who be-friend preachers who they believe will either agree with THEM on their infantile hang ups OR will provide an opportunity for them to put on their little “show” when the time is right… lingering in the shadows like a devil-mole, waiting to POUNCE.
I’m not interested. I don’t need more “friends”. I’ve got Jesus, a wonderful wife and plenty of wonderful family and friends. I’m doing just fine as things are.
And with friends like that, who needs ENEMIES? Most of these people I am referring to are Funnymentalists and “Holiday Hunters” and they avoid Colossians 2:20-23 like the PLAGUE:
Colossians 2:20-23, “Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, (Touch not; taste not; handle not; Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men? Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.”
Their whole “ministry” is telling people what NOT to touch… what NOT to taste… what NOT to handle. In other words, they have no real, Biblical ministry.
They have a “Moses complex”. They are the LAWGIVERS. And over the years, I’ve identified four main tactics that these foul spirits hold in common and when I see ANY of the four, I confront them at least a couple of times and then, if they persist… I boot them out the DOOR!
1. They add to, subtract from, change or otherwise PERVERT God’s words to prove their point. They practice Luciferian “hermeneutics” as Lucifer demonstrated in Isaiah 14 and as the Serpent in Genesis 3 and Satan in Matthew 4.
2. They LIE about history and historical information. And when you call them on it (with sources!), they just double down or even change their claims and pretend they didn’t LIE! This, too, is Luciferian as seen in John 8:44.
3. In desperation, they become accusatory and/or slanderous like Lucifer (see Revelation 12:10). “You’re not a real preacher.” Or my favorite, “Well,… you’re FAT.” The Holiday Hunter says, “You’re PAGAN.” They LIE, breaking the commandment in Exodus 20:16 and Romans 13:9. But most of the time, they begin to try to undermine our credibility (for the benefit those who might be observing our disagreement), sewing discord… see Proverbs 6:16-19.
And I save this for last because it’s “sudden death” to our “friendship” if they go here…
4. They will make it a SALVATION issue. If you don’t agree with their hang up, you must not even be SAVED! If you celebrate the Incarnation and say, “Merry Christmas,” then, “You are rejecting Jesus!” If you put up a decorated tree, “You are an idolater!” Some blatantly accuse you of being “unsaved” and “lost”. Salvation is now based on your adherence to… THE HOLIDAY HUNTERS.
Sometimes, I stretch things out for a good bit and give them every opportunity to retract any of the first three points above. But after I am clear in my conscience and know that I’ve given them at LEAST two good, clear opportunities… I am obligated to obey this Scripture:
Titus 3:10-11, “A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject; Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself.”
It’s amazing the level of peace that comes when we obey the Scripture. The devil is gone. The lies are silenced. The discord disappears. LIBERTY.
If you choose NOT to celebrate any holiday… so be it. I couldn’t care less. But if you become a rabid, “Holiday Hunter,” who will stoop to the four violations listed above as you try to ensnare others into your BONDAGE… then our “friendship” will only last until you open your God-forsaken mouth (or start typing with your God-forsaken fingers) and go on the attack.
Once the funnymentalist… the LAWGIVER… the Holiday Hunter… is gone, we can get on with the business of telling people about the Incarnation of Jesus Christ, God manifest in the flesh. And how that the babe born in the manger in Bethlehem came as the sinless Saviour of the world to die for our sins on the Old Rugged Cross, according to the Scriptures. And that He was buried and that He rose from the dead after three days, according to the Scripture.
Enjoy your decorated tree, if you have one. And Merry Christmas! Jesus is coming soon, so tell the world of His Incarnation and the Gospel truth! Our message to the lost at this time of year:
“Repent and believe the Gospel!”