Hi ladies! I hate that it has come to the point that I have to write this blog ( and share another to go along with what I’m saying ), but sadly it’s necessary, as I keep getting bombarded with more and more comments defending false teachers. I’ve mainly only written ONE article calling out a specific teacher, Lisa Harper, by name, but for 2 years it keeps getting the same comments:
“I love this teacher!”
“She’s so wonderful!”
“Judge not lest you be judged!”
“Have you reached out to her personally??”
“I’ve listened to her for ten years and haven’t found anything wrong with her teaching!”
“You are just a bully!”
One commenter remarked that Lisa must be a good teacher because she’s so nice. I answered back that I’m sure Joel Osteen is “nice”. I’m sure Oprah is “nice”. It doesn’t mean I want them teaching me the bible.
And more and more of the same comments keep coming.
Michelle Lesley reposted a blog today back from 2019 which I read as I have been drowning in a frustrating sea of comments that still come in over the ONE article I wrote. I can only imagine that Michelle’s overload is an ocean compared to my mere puddle. Yet, there has to come a point where we are allowed to say, “You know what? I’m not answering that question AGAIN!” Especially when the comments are baselessly defending false teachers.
I have posted on my blog’s “Welcome” page about how comments defending false teachers will be handled. Here is that excerpt below:
Yet, I get accused of being mean, judgmental, or just plain not having enough biblical knowledge to give them an answer.
I, of course, don’t have ALL the answers, but if I have scripturally laid out the reasons why someone is a false teacher, trust me, I have done my research, and she meets the criteria. And again, these types of articles are rare for me. No, I don’t have degrees in theology, Greek, and Hebrew, or even a degree at all. I almost completed a Vocal Music degree, but marriage and motherhood, and ministry life took precedent, and I never finished. But all the biblical degrees in the world mean nothing if you continually mangle and mishandle scripture. Beth Moore has a degree. Joyce Meyer holds a PhD in theology. But no pastor worth his salt would let either one of them near a Kindergarten Sunday School class in their church.
I can tell you two things about myself:
*I used to be a woman who defended false teachers because I idolized them and didn’t study for myself what the scriptures actually say.
*I have repented of that idolatry and now I voraciously study scripture in its proper context and listen to qualified biblical teachers and pastors, including my own husband. Being a woman who once fell for false teaching makes me more passionate about steering other women clear of it. I care deeply about knowing God by knowing His word. And I care deeply about other women wanting the same.
My goal any time I point out that someone is teaching falsely isn’t to be mean, hateful, or critical for criticism’s sake. My goal is to help guide women to truth and away from error.
Let me say, I am more than willing to answer honest questions! Robust discussion is good for everyone. And if I don’t have an answer, I will try to point them to someone who does. But I will not answer comments defending false teachers based on emotions, feelings, or a verse taken out of context. ie: “Take the plank out of your own eye!” *Cue eyeroll!
So PLEASE, ENGAGE with me if you truly want answers. I have answered SO MANY comments from women who have asked me respectful questions. I get to them as soon as I can. But I don’t check them every day because I work pretty much full time. I recently answered a question from a reader who didn’t understand why a woman preaching to men would raise a red flag. She sincerely wanted understanding. I was HAPPY to point her to scripture.
So, here’s what I want to do as I wrap this up. As I read Michelle’s article this morning, I knew that I couldn’t say any better what she laid out so well in her blog piece, so I wanted to share it with you here. If you TRULY want to know why she ( or I ) won’t approve or respond to your comments, here is why. Click the link below.
And if you are one who gets greatly offended when your favorite bible study teacher is criticized, ask yourself these questions:
Why am I so unwilling to hear criticism of this teacher?
Am I holding this teacher in an idolatrous place in my heart?
Honestly ask the Lord to reveal the answers to you and be willing to receive the answer.