1- I take my calling and task as a Pastor/Theologian very seriously.
2- This calling is spelled out in Ephesians 4.
And his gifts were that some should be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,
3- Which calling consists in the following mandate:
until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ; so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the cunning of men, by their craftiness in deceitful wiles.
4- Consequently this means that I am charged to instruct correctly those who may be ill informed so that they can attain Christian maturity. I am charged, further, to implement this calling
Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every joint with which it is supplied, when each part is working properly, makes bodily growth and upbuilds itself in love.
Which means that if I love those for whom I am given responsibility, I must love them enough to tell them the truth so that, knowing the truth, they can be authentically united to Christ and his love. His love which is itself truth.
5- Hence, the results of this ministerial/theological activity is that
… you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds; they are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart; they have become callous and have given themselves up to licentiousness, greedy to practice every kind of uncleanness. You did not so learn Christ! (Eph 4:11-20).
Right belief results in right behavior. Wrong belief results in wrong behavior. Thus, in sum, if I don’t instruct those for whom I am responsible before God I am guilty of allowing them to be destroyed and to destroy others. This I cannot do. Nor can I allow others to do it. Nor can I stand by silent while it’s being done.
So, when you post theological falsehood on Facebook or twitter you’ll hear about it. When you pass along talk of consulting horoscopes or posting photos which guarantee answered prayer if you’ll just do this or that you’ll hear about it. When your theology dips below what’s biblical, believe me, you’ll hear about it. Because you need to hear about it. Because I’m morally and ethically and pastorally and theologically bound by my calling to tell you about it.
So if you don’t want to have error pointed out, it may be best if you unfriend me on facebook and unfollow me on twitter and avoid at all costs anything I write whether formally or informally because, in the word of James
Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, for you know that we who teach shall be judged with greater strictness. (Jam 3:1).
The Day of Judgment is already going to be tough enough on me as it is. I don’t intend to add to the discomfort by remaining silent in the face of untruth. I’m not the sort of person to read or hear in any venue if the truth is something you don’t wish to hear.
Or maybe, just maybe, that’s precisely why you should friend me on facebook and follow me on twitter…