That’s An Awfully Low Threshold

Tim Challies identifies the marks of a false teacher, including this one:

Third, false teachers teach their own wisdom rather than God’s wisdom. False teachers always teach their own foolishness instead of divine wisdom. This means then, that the ultimate source of their teaching is their own minds. It’s their own hearts, it’s their own sinful desires. Listen to what God said through the prophet Jeremiah. He said, “The prophets are prophesying lies in my name. I did not send them, nor did I commend them or speak to them. They are prophesying to you a lying vision, worthless divination, and the deceit of their own minds.” That was true in Jeremiah’s day, it’s just as true in our day.

Imagine what that does for pastors who Tweet (or even elders).

4 thoughts on “That’s An Awfully Low Threshold

  1. Imagine what that does for pastors who Tweet (or even elders).

    Not sure what you are saying. There are only two kinds of wisdom, according to Jesus, that is:
    wisdom from Him, or wisdom not from Him, per Jesus, that is

    James 3:15 wisdom that is earthly, natural, demonic
    17 wisdom from above that is pure, peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy.

    1 Cor 1:20wisdom of the world; 1 Cor 3:19 that is foolishness before God; 20 reasonings that are useless 2 Cor 1:12 fleshly
    2 Cor 1:12 wisdom in the grace of God

    per Jesus, John 15: 5 apart from Me you can do nothing


  2. Challies makes a pretty strained argument here (not uncommon with him). OT prophets cannot be compared to pastors today. True prophets spoke a directly God-given message – when they spoke prophetically, it was as if God were speaking directly to the people. In the NT, Paul clearly distinguishes the role of pastors/teachers and prophets in Ephesians 4:11. No one (in the Reformed world) believes pastors today speak directly on behalf of God – all contain a mixture of truth and error. So there is no neat correlation between an OT false prophet and a modern day false teacher.

    I would be interested to read your thoughts on his 2nd and 4th points, DGH.


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