In this article I use my teachings on the historical Protestant Reformation Movement of the 16th and 17th centuries. Fellow Protestants who have not heard about this highly historical and fully substantiated event, may resort to calling it a false teaching simply based on the fact that they haven’t heard about it before. Judgment of Christian teaching, should be done as the scriptures direct us to do so (cross-referencing scriptures “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15 – KJV). Now here is the admonishment I wrote, following below. – – –
Superficially judging teachings (snap-judgments) or judging the teacher who gives them actually goes against God’s Word/will. On the other hand some false teaching is immediately apparent but we are to “Look beneath the surface so you can judge correctly.” (Jesus: John 7:27 NLT).
I’m amazed at how Christians want to take the easy route (actually no effort at all) of judging something they see posted by a Christian and because they haven’t heard these things before, they immediately judge it as “false”. My posts about my being of French Huguenot linage, is a confirmed historical fact. What some Christians do however, is say “There goes James Mark getting into some strange religion.” Here’s the actual definition of “Huguenot”: “A French Protestant of the 16th–17th centuries. Largely Calvinist, the Huguenots suffered severe persecution at the hands of the Catholic majority, and many thousands emigrated from France.” (World History, Chapter 18- Section 2).
The biggest war the Huguenots had with the anti-protestant people was 30 YEARS IN DURATION, with an estimated 8-million people killed. The previous smaller wars (e.g. Saint Bartholomew’s Day Massacre), killed an estimated 3-million. I DO NOT agree with all aspects of Calvinism nor do I agree with all aspects of Martin Luther’s teachings. They also disagreed with each other on certain aspects (e.g. Calvin taught ‘predestination’, Luther taught ‘free gift salvation by grace’). I can still however, see what their main objection was, which was to stop the forced acceptance of Catholicism that was enforced by persecution and large numbers of executions (the inquisitions).
We remember with honor (not worship), the Protestant reformation leaders because they broke 1,500 years of Roman rule over most of Europe, politically (the papacy) and religiously (Roman Catholicism). While even today we honor the rights of Catholics to practice, we as Protestants still preach the true Gospel of Jesus Christ and the proper precepts and admonitions of the Epistles, the book of Acts and the book of Revelation. While I am anointed by the Holy Spirit to teach God’s Word and to relate views in history and carefully selected stories that are well-confirmed in addition to specific scriptural studies, I am NOT a prophet. Teachers can be false too but I would highly suggest that one actually listen/read those things I share, that seem unusual (from lack of ministers relating them from the pulpit) before you conclude something to be a heresy.
Also carefully compare them to God’s Word instead of lazily saying False! False! False! God says in Psalm 105:15 “…Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.” Even kings who went against God’s ministers, suffered famine as a result. Using God’s Word against true ministers of God (though imperfect men) is an especially dangerous practice. It is different when a fellow Christian can show false teaching being taught by someone, precept by precept instead of lazily and disrespectfully saying “I think that guy is a false prophet or teacher.” If you do so by superficial judgement, you will be the one who becomes false, in addition to being a busybody and a gossiper. With this I end my words in this article, as a 54 year old man (year-2017), called by God to teach when I was in my teens. While I found necessity in writing this article on fellow-Christians perception of this particular subject as being false, my next article will be more generally on false teaching versus sincere Christians being in error. Destroying or injuring a Christian because you are a little too lax in learning to distinguish between them is irresponsibility. Look for my second article on this subject matter.