Monday, October 16, 2017

God's Word

"Gods Word is to be received with childlike simplicity and not quibbled over: received as a whole, and not merely those parts which appeal to us or accord with our views."

~ Arthur Pink, "The Life of Arthur W. Pink"

Believer's Baptism Is a Test

Obedience to the King's last commands prior to His ascension in Matt. 28:19-20 is the test of whether you bow to His lordship. Believer's baptism isn't an option. It's a command from the King. If a “Christian” refuses to submit to HIS baptism (“baptizo”-immersion of a believer), then he is in unrepentant rebellion against one of the clearest commands in all of Scripture. Such a man cannot therefore, speak with any authority on any other part of Scripture.

Beware of "Jesus Is Calling" Endorsements

Be careful to not follow the endorsements of these celebrity "Christians" (which includes "Baptist pastors" as well as country music stars) because "Jesus Is Calling" is an occultic book. It isn't Jesus who is calling the reader, it's the devil. Do NOT let these "pastors" and others convince you to enter into a yoke with Satan. Listen to the voice of the Shepherd, the Jesus of Scripture, who has already spoken in Scripture.

Heb 1:1  God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways,
Heb 1:2  in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world.
Heb 1:3  And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,

Rev 22:18  I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book;
Rev 22:19  and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book.

Piper: your cross is about your feelings

More man-centered false gospel from Piper:



The reason God gives us a cross is because he wants us to have more joy than our sinful pleasures could ever deliver.
Deny Yourself for Greater Joy
When God calls his people to deny themselves and take up their crosses, he is inviting them to walk along the path of purest pleasure.
Piper turns sanctification and it's goal into being all about our subjective feelings. This more snake oil selling of the heretical "Christian hedonism".
Part 1 - Piper's Journey Into Hedonism
Part 2 -Into the Darkness

Piper also redefines "lostness" as "not merely rebellion against God's authority, but blindness to His beauty."

Desiring "God" Continues The Error of John Piper's Works-Salvation

More error on the doctrine of justification coming from Desiring "God".
Quote:
If you have a pet sin, you must renounce it at once. Your salvation depends on it.
Only those who have a string of sin’s carcasses behind them will enter into heaven. Only those who “work out [their] own salvation with fear and trembling” knowing that God is working in them “to will and to work for his good pleasure” will be saved (Philippians 2:12–13).
But what about being saved by faith alone? You’re not. You’re justified through faith alone. Final salvation comes through justification and sanctification — both initiated and sustained by God’s grace.
There is a holiness that, if you do not have it, will keep you from seeing the Lord (Hebrews 12:14). “But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the firstfruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth” (2 Thessalonians 2:13).
~Greg Morse,Content strategist, desiringGod.org (bold, my emphasis; italics original)
While biblical Christianity rejects a lawless Christianity (which is what Piper teaches*), the twisting is slick. There's no "final" salvation or second step. We are saved completely but our glorification (when we are shed of the body of sin and are like Christ when we see Him as He is), is something that comes after we die. We are absolutely commanded to grow into a mature man, to consider our old man dead, etc, but the notion of a final salvation and final justification by works Morse gets from Piper's "Future Grace" and Piper is wrong. The Trinity Foundation dealt with Piper's unbiblical view of Justification here.
In part, The Trinity Foundation's John Robbins' article says:
Piper’s focus, as one can tell from the title, is what he calls “future grace.” The phrases “future grace” and “faith in future grace” appear hundreds, if not thousands, of times in the book. It is a clever propaganda device that has been used many times: Repeat a phase so often that the reader cannot get it out of his mind. But what does Piper mean by the phrase? In fact, what does he mean by “faith”? The answers are revealing. Here are his own words: “....the focus of my trust is what God promised to do for me in the future” (6).

This may not be the central error of Piper’s book, but it comes close. The focus of saving faith is not what God has promised to do for us in the future, but what God has already done for us in Christ. Christians preach and trust only Christ crucified, the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. Christ crucified is the sole focus of Biblical, saving, faith; it is the focus of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, by which we remember the Lord’s death; and it is the focus of worship in Heaven (see Revelation 5), with endless future ages before it. Piper wants to change that focus, from Christ crucified to something else. In attempting to change the focus of our faith, he avoids discussing, although he grudgingly admits, that all the benefits Christians receive from God are because of what Christ has already done on their behalf and in their place.(11) Piper’s admission is grudging, for he wants to argue that our future happiness, benefits, and final salvation depend upon our meeting conditions that God has established for receiving those blessings. In Piper’s Plan of Salvation, despite what Christ said on the cross, “It is not finished.” The be-liever must complete the work of salvation that Christ began. Future grace is conditional, and it is we, not Christ, who must meet those conditions.

Because Piper’s focus is on benefits we may receive in the future, this long and repetitive book omits any discussion of the Satisfaction by Christ of the justice of the Father (although Piper has a great deal to say about our being satisfied); it fails to discuss either Christ’s active or passive obedience; it omits any serious discussion of the imputation of sin and righteousness (imputation is mentioned in passing); it omits any discussion of the law of God; it omits discussion of the covenant of works; it fails to mention Adam and Christ as our legal representatives; and it depreciates the law and justice of God.

End quote. (bold, my emphasis) Robbins goes on to show Piper's penchant for Post-Modernism's slight-of-hand with words. Just as he did with "hedonism" by trying to change it's definition by marrying it to "Christian"--he also  also redefines "lostness" as "not merely rebellion against God's authority, but blindness to His beauty", so he does with "works" (notice his similarity with Romanist theology of "congruent merit"--this isn't the only time Piper shows a Romanist influence on his thinking (no doubt in part thanks to his hero C.S. Lewis):
Piper tells us that future grace is conditional grace, but meeting these conditions is not meritorious: “It is possible to meet a condition for receiving grace and yet not earn the grace. Conditional grace does not mean earned grace” (79). Those acquainted with Romanist theology may recognize here in Piper’s conditions something akin to the Romanist doctrine of congruent merit. Meeting conditions is not an example of condign merit-that is, Real Merit, but it is an example of congruent “merit,” a “merit” that is not really merit.
How does Piper try to evade the charge of teaching salvation by works? Simple: He redefines works. “The term ‘works,’ “ he asseverates, “refers to the warfare of righteousness unempowered by faith....in future grace” (220). So, by definition, a person who has “faith in future grace” cannot do any works. His efforts, his labors, his doings are not works, because they are “empowered by faith in future grace,” and therefore his salvation is not and cannot be conditioned on works, but on the “obedience of faith.” Theology is a word game for the Neolegalists.

End quote.

Eph 2:8  For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9  not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.

While the evidence of a saved life is proven in one's increasing sanctification, reflecting Christ more and more, our salvation is not contingent upon our works of righteousness, otherwise it is works salvation. To "ensure" our salvation by works is another way to say one is keeping one's self saved by works righteousness. That's a false gospel. The subtle twisting of the Truth continues to flow from the DG group and people ought to steer clear of it.

*E.S. Williams' video on Piper's antinomianism (which is also in his new book "Christian Hedonism?"):

Friday, October 13, 2017

Piper's Sick Analogy

Titus 1:15  To the pure, all things are pure; but to those who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure, but both their mind and their conscience are defiled. 16  They profess to know God, but by their deeds they deny Him, being detestable and disobedient and worthless for any good deed.

If you thought John Piper couldn't get any worse, you're wrong. He continues to morph into the male version of Ann Voskamp.

The most exquisite sexual ecstasies in this age are like a child’s enjoyment of ice cream. There is as much distance between sexual pleasures in this world and the ecstasies of the spiritual body in the age to come as there is between a child’s enjoyment of ice cream and the pleasures of his marriage bed twenty years later.
Childlike ice-cream pleasures are prelude and pointer to adult sexual pleasure. Similarly, sexual pleasure in this age is prelude and pointer to unimaginably greater pleasures of the spiritual body in the age to come.
~John Piper, "Matrimony No More"

He's learned quite a lot from his mentor Mark Driscoll.

The Heart

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Friday, October 06, 2017

Friendship Alliances Is What Built T4G and TGC

This is how the Evangelical Machine works. Who you are friends with matter because they will influence you for good or bad. Here, it's for bad. Quote:

At the Gospel Coalition Conference in Chicago last week, I was asked by Stephen Um (during a Panel discussion) and by many others (in private conversations): what is the difference between the Gospel Coalition and Together for the Gospel?

I tried to give a brief response to that during the panel discussion, but more could be said. I will say a few things about that here.

1. T4G is a biennial conference that grew out of a set of (now 8) Gospel friendships. Mark Dever, Al Mohler, C.J. Mahaney and I had all been friends for a number of years (Mark, Al and I have known one another since the 1980s, and Mark introduced Al and me to C.J.). Furthermore, Mark and C.J. had fraternal relationships with and deep appreciation for John Piper, Al had a close friendship with and profound respect for John MacArthur, and I had a good friendship with and had worked alongside R.C. Sproul – though all of us knew, appreciated and gladly worked with each of these brothers. Meanwhile, Thabiti Anyabwile was an elder at Mark’s church and now pastor in Grand Cayman. Mark introduced C.J. and me to him, and then to Al and John Piper. We all get together as often as we can. We so enjoy and spiritually profit from the rather unique fellowship we have (composed as it is of Calvinstic Baptists, Confessional Presbyterians, a Reformed Continuationist and a Reformed-Dispensational Independent who disagree about many things, but agree on many more and share a common concern for central Gospel issues), we thought that there might be a wider Gospel benefit in inviting others to join in on and in extending that friendship. From that root idea grew the T4G conferences.

1. The Gospel Coalition is a biennial conference that grew out of a collaboration that grew into a friendship between Don Carson and Tim Keller. Don was editing a book on worship in which Tim was participating and got to know Tim while visiting NY (having admired Tim’s ministry from afar for some time). The two of them started wondering how they could foster a “network of networks” that would be Gospel-driven, and robustly biblical and theological. They called together about 40 or so folks and began exploring how we could work together for the sake of the Gospel, and how this “network of networks” might speak prophetically to evangelicalism (and to the wider culture) from the center rather than from the margins of evangelicalism (as is so often done today), as well as resource and encourage church leaders, churches and families of churches.

more to follow . . .

End quote. ~T4G

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

John MacArthur Scheduled To Pulpit Fellowship With False Teachers

Yet another event is coming in 2018. This one is with the Gettys. It's "Sing" 2018.

Speakers for Sing! 2018 include Keith Getty, Kristyn Getty, Tim Keller, Ravi Zacharias, John Piper, John MacArthur, Alistair Begg, Ligon Duncan, J.D. Greear, Stuart Townend, Bob Kauflin, Andrew Peterson, Shane and Shane, and many more!

So it seems MacArthur is just another New Calvinist who has no discernment and will pulpit fellowship with false teachers. It makes for money and book selling (another of his sermons is being turned into a book for sale, by Phil Johnson which will come out no doubt, by then--so as with these events, his book may be for sale at the event).

Here is why these men are unprincipled and should be rejected.


Tim Keller.

John Piper.

Ravi Zacharias.

JD Greear.

Because MacArthur pulpit fellowships with these men, he too should be rejected according to 2 John 9-11.

2Jn 1:9  Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son. 
2Jn 1:10  If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house, and do not give him a greeting; 

2Jn 1:11  for the one who gives him a greeting participates in his evil deeds.

How much more to pulpit fellowship with these men? How about selling their books at the church's bookstore? This is inexcusable. 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

When Politics Parallels Evangelicalism

“They think you’re a pack of morons, they think you’re nothing but rubes, they have no interest at all in what you have to say, in what you have to think or what you want to do.

~ Steve Bannon speaking about the GOP establishment's view of the voters. 


The same mentality is very true of the Evangelical Establishment. It's the same exact thinking and thus treatment of those without a seminary degree, those not in the popular, inner circle of approved elite types (yes, that's how immature they are in their thinking--it's high school all over again), those who haven't written a book, are on the speaking circuit, or conference tours (I should  say, "approved" books, conferences, etc).

Much like the way the apostles (boy they learned their lesson I am sure--clearly they had to be humbled and taught by the Lord and the Spirit and I do believe they did) dismissed the children and especially the women (the woman at the well, the women to whom the angel spoke to when Jesus was resurrected, and infamously, the sharp rebuke out of anger of the woman who used her own personal vial of expensive perfume to pour on Jesus just prior to His death).  

Then there was the treatment of Jesus by the religious elite:

Mat 21:23  When He entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to Him while He was teaching, and said, "By what authority are You doing these things, and who gave You this authority?"

Today's religious Evangelical experts consider the children of God to be nothing more than uneducated, useless sheep which they can manipulate to gain a following, money, and power. Care for the souls of men and actually treating Scripture AS Scripture instead of sitting in judgment of it ("doctrinal triage") is greatly missing from most of these leaders. Worse, they train other men to be the same way. But this isn't the way of Christ Jesus.

What an indictment upon these "experts" that the Lord's sheep actually have more reverence for His Word (it's ALL important and cannot be sliced into categories they deem as important or less important), more reverence for God (they care about their sin before the Holy One of Israel---even those most Evangelical leaders dismiss as sin), more discernment (they know a wolf when they see one because they know Scripture intimately and have done their research on the wolves), and a burden for their fellow sheep (they warn of the wolves coming in).

The wrath of God towards the priests in Jeremiah 23, etc. ought to ring loudly in their ears because they are committing the same types of error and have the same kind of pride. Those truly in Christ serve and worship the God who really does see, hear, and act.  He will vindicate His sheep and He will judge quite harshly these overbearing overlords (1Peter 5:2-3). God doesn't play favorites. In fact, He judges the teacher far more strictly. He can't be fooled. 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Evil Tongues

Evil tongues are busy tongues, and never deal in truth.

~Spurgeon

Friday, September 08, 2017

The Darkness of the Mind

“The darkness of the mind is not only the root of all sin but the cause of most of the corruptions in men’s lives. Hence we find that Paul mentions “fleshly wisdom” as the antithesis of the principle of grace (2 Corinthians 1:12). For the same reason men are said to be “sottish children, and they have none understanding: they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge” (Jeremiah 4:22). That this is the cause of the greatest part of the wickedness in the world is clear from Isaiah 47:10: “Thy wisdom and thy knowledge, it hath perverted thee.” Corrupt reasoning and false judgment are the prime motivations of all our sinning. Pride has its chief place in the mind, as Colossians 2:18 shows.”


Taken from “Man’s Totaly Depravity” by Arthur W. Pink (1886–1952)


The Boaster

(John Colwell, "Little Foxes; The Little Sins That Mar the Christian Character" 1882)

"As it is, you boast and brag. All such boasting is evil!" James 4:16

All that the boaster has to say revolves around one center, namely, SELF. The only really important part of speech in his grammar, is the first person singular. When he speaks of himself, which he too often does, it is always in such a way as to impress you with his virtues, his wisdom, or his greatness. And when he does not speak of himself — he elevates self, though it may be in a less direct manner. 

The boaster is full of little histories, in which the historian or narrator is always the chief actor. His stock phrases will be painfully familiar to us all:
  "When I was in such a place." 
  "When I was a young man."
  "I will tell you what I once did." 
Every one of these expressions is the introduction to a long glorification of self

Why should we employ ourselves in self-praise? "For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?" 1 Corinthians 4:7 

It is a hard and delicate subject for a man to speak of himself. 
Therefore, let him who aspires after wisdom take the advice of Scripture, "Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; someone else, and not your own lips!" Proverbs 27:2

Not All Who Quote Scripture Are God-Fearing

1Ti 1:6  For some men, straying from these things, have turned aside to fruitless discussion,
1Ti 1:7  wanting to be teachers of the Law, even though they do not understand either what they are saying or the matters about which they make confident assertions.

“Let us not be deceived then and conclude that every one who quotes Scripture to us must, necessarily, be a God-fearing man. Those who quote the Scriptures to condemn others are frequently the guiltiest of all. Those who are so solicitous to point to the mote in another’s eye, generally have a beam in their own.”  

Taken from “An Exposition of the Gospel of John” by A. W. Pink (1886-1952)


Mat 7:2  "For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. 

Most of those that use Scripture to beat the heads of the Lord's sheep are unskilled men, full of unbelief in His Word but mighty in faith of their own importance and intellect, mocking those who actually treat the Bible AS the Bible and who therefore believe that it is indeed living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword that can divide motives from thoughts. Instead such religionists use the ways and means of the flesh and the world to lord over those who hold them accountable.

Unpopular Message

“Where God works, he always does so consistently with his own Word. What I mean by that is this: when he raises up, equips, and sends forth one of his servants, that servant will necessarily preach the Word, and denounce all that is opposed to the Word: hence, his message is bound to be unpopular, in fact hated by all who are not regenerated. Was it not thus with the Old Testament prophets? Would even the Israelites of their day endure sound doctrine? Would they do so when the Lord Jesus preached it? Would they when the Apostles taught it? Would they in the time of Luther and Calvin? And poor, fallen human nature is the same now! Mark it well, my dear friend, that the people to whom the Old Testament prophets, Christ and the apostles preached were not irreligious! No, indeed far from it! They were very religious: but they were determined to have religion of their own, which suited them, and they would not tolerate anything which condemned them. So it is now.”

A. W. Pink (1886–1952)

Unsound Teacher or Preacher

“They are Arminians to a man; they deny the absolute sovereignty of God, his eternal choice of an elect people, and that Christ bore their sins only. They deny the total depravity of man, for they insist that he possesses a free will and can accept Christ and be saved by a decision of his own; thus directly repudiating God’s word, as found in John 1:13; 6;44; 8:36; Rom 9:16, and other passages. And where any teacher or preacher is unsound on these basic truths, no confidence must be placed on him on any other subject. If he is all wrong at the foundations, his superstructure is bound to be faulty.”


Taken from a “Letter to Lowell Green, August 19, 1934″ by A. W. Pink (1886-1952)

I would add that if any teacher or preacher denies the Creation account in Genesis that states God created all things in 6 literal 24 hour days, he cannot be trusted on any other subject. Genesis is foundational.

Heb 11:1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Heb 11:2 For by it the men of old gained approval. Heb 11:3 By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.

Fighting The Good Fight of the Faith

1Co 1:20  Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?

“It is “the good fight of faith” to which we are called, but if we be regulated by our reason or feelings it soon becomes a fight of unbelief.” 

Taken from “Gleanings in Joshua” by A. W. Pink (1886-1952)

1Co 2:2  For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. 
1Co 2:3  I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling, 
1Co 2:4  and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 
1Co 2:5  so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God. 
1Co 2:6  Yet we do speak wisdom among those who are mature; a wisdom, however, not of this age nor of the rulers of this age, who are passing away; 
1Co 2:7  but we speak God's wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God predestined before the ages to our glory; 

1Co 2:8  the wisdom which none of the rulers of this age has understood; for if they had understood it they would not have crucified the Lord of glory; 

Millions of Nominal Christians

“Never were there so many millions of nominal Christians on earth as there are today, and never was there such a small percentage of real ones... We seriously doubt whether there has ever been a time in the history of this Christian era when there were such multitudes of deceived souls within the churches, who verily believe that all is well with their souls when in fact the wrath of God abideth on them.”

—A. W. Pink (1886–1952)

Changing Views

“Why is it that so many professing Christians change their view so easily and quickly? What is the reason there are so many thousands of unstable souls who are “tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive” (Ephesians 4:14)? Why is it that this year they sit under a man who preaches the Truth and claim to believe and enjoy his messages; while next year they attend the ministry of a man of error and heartily embrace his opinions? It must be because they were never taught of the Spirit.” 

—A. W. Pink (1886–1952)

Politics

“One form of worldliness which has spoiled the life and testimony of many a Christian is politics. We will not now discuss the question whether or not the saint ought to take any interest in polities, but simply point out what should be evident to all with spiritual discernment, namely, that to take an eager and deep concern in politics must remove the edge from any spiritual appetite. Clearly, politics are concerned only with the affairs of this world, and therefore to become deeply absorbed in them and have the heart engaged in the pursuit thereof, will inevitably turn attention away from eternal things. Any worldly matter, no matter how lawful in itself, which engages our attention inordinately, becomes a snare and saps our spiritual vitality. We greatly fear that those saints who spent several hours a day in listening to the speeches of candidates, reading the newspapers on them, and discussing party politics with their fellows during the recent election, lost to a considerable extent their relish for the Bread of Life.”

Taken from “Spiritual Growth” by A. W. Pink (1886-1952)

Preachers In This Apostate Age

“The great majority of the preachers in this apostate age are only adding to the number of the deceived, by telling them that all God requires of them is to believe in the Gospel and receive Christ as their personal Savior.”

Taken from “The Sermon on the Mount” by A. W. Pink (1886–1952)

Paid Pulpiteers

“Many of those who are paid to stand in our pulpits and defend the Truth of God are now the very ones who are engaged in sowing the seeds of unbelief and destroying the faith of those to whom they minister.”

Taken from “The Divine Inspiration of Scripture” by A. W. Pink (1886–1952)

Dealing With the Accusation That Obedience to Scripture and It's Author Is "Legalism"

Here is the final word against those who decry godly obedience as “legalism.” The incarnate Son walked according to His Father’s commandments. He “pleased not himself” (Romans 15:3). His meat was to do the will of the One who had sent Him. And He has left us an example that we should follow His steps.

“He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk even
as he walked” (1 John 2:6).

The one who disregards God’s “commandments” is not walking as Christ walked; instead, he is walking as the world walks. Let no one heed the idle quibble that the “commandments” of Christ are opposed to or even different from the commandments of the Father. Christ and the Father are one — one in nature, one in character, one in authority.

“The commandments of Christ include the whole of the preceptive part of the inspired volume, with the exception of those ritual and political statutes which refer to the introductory dispensations which have passed away” (Dr. John Brown).

And let it be said again, that no Christian can abide in Christ’s love unless he is keeping Christ’s commandments!” —A. W. Pink (1886–1952)

Taken from “An Exposition of the Gospel of John” by A. W. Pink (1886-1952)

Some Experts Are Too Smart To Be Deceived, So They Think

Confirming what I've said: he and James White and their followers consider themselves too smart to ever be deceived, much less wrong. Scripture says something about such arrogance and unteachability:

1Co 10:12  Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall.

1/3 Brannon Howse’s rocket scientist says I've taken a wrong turn and am headed for “heresy”: Starts @ 21:11
Scripture tells leaders to be careful of themselves:
To the Ephesian elders Paul warned:
Act 20:28  Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood. 
Act 20:29  I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; 
Act 20:30  and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them. 
Act 20:31  Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish every one with tears. 

1Ti 5:19  Do not admit a charge against an elder except on the evidence of two or three witnesses. 
1Ti 5:20  As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear. 
1Ti 5:21  In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of the elect angels I charge you to keep these rules without prejudging, doing nothing from partiality. 

1Ti 4:16  Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; persevere in these things, for as you do this you will ensure salvation both for yourself and for those who hear you. 

Jud 1:12  These are hidden reefs at your love feasts, as they feast with you without fear, shepherds feeding themselves; waterless clouds, swept along by winds; fruitless trees in late autumn, twice dead, uprooted; 

2Pe 2:1  But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. 
2Pe 2:2  And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. 
2Pe 2:3  And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep. 

Leaders can often be deceived and that is why they lead their churches into apostasy.

Also the unrepentant sin of favoritism is great among Johnson, White, Peters, MacArthur, etc and their cheerleaders. They fight for their man, friend,pastor, and get emotional and unreasonable about it instead of coming from a biblical stance without partiality. 

Rom 2:11  For there is no partiality with God. 

Gal 2:6 But from those who were of high reputation (what they were makes no difference to me; God shows no partiality)--well, those who were of reputation contributed nothing to me.

1Ti 5:21  I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of His chosen angels, to maintain these principles without bias, doing nothing in a spirit of partiality. 

Jas 2:9  But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. 
Jas 2:10  For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all. 

Moreover, consider where Johnson's Post-modern pragmatism & bombastic words end. He is creating a schism based on personality as he tries desperately to redefine inter-faith dialogue and then say Jesus did it all the time, all the while still holding to "our church and I wouldn't do it". If Jesus did it all the time, then you SHOULD do it. But HE didn't. Evangelism isn't an inter-faith dialogue. IFD's purpose is to find common ground and that can't happen with Christians and unbelievers.

2Co 6:14  Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? 
2Co 6:15  What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? 
2Co 6:16  What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, "I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 
2Co 6:17  Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you, 

Pragmatism is unbelief in Scripture. Post-Modern thinking makes so many "nuances" and qualifications that one can't make a dogmatic, absolute stand on anything except the one who tells him he's wrong. Truth and goodness is seen in wolves and in error ("after all, who's perfect?" they say). This thinking paralyzes people to not take a hard stand against false teachers that seem ok but are in reality in error--in fact many might agree the man is in error on certain doctrines but will still offer such hypocrites as sources to go to for truth. God never tells us to spit out the bones because He demands faithful preaching of His Word (the meat), not truth and error mixed and just hope the sheep can discern what is error and "spit" it out. What a very low view of the believer, the child of the Most High God!