The Metropolis of Chicago has posted a statement on their website issued by The Metropolis Clergy Syndesmos, condemning this site, and those who support its purpose to shed light on the truth. This tactic is commonly employed by spiritual abusers to “shame” the faithful into silence or regret, according to Jeff VanVonderen, author of “The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse”.
The Metropolis Clergy Syndesmos claims the statements on this site are intended “to create a climate of disunity and discord within the Metropolis by passing judgment without knowledge, bearing false witness, and seeking to undermine the authority of our Church leaders.” In addition, John 8:7 is referenced: “Let he who has no sin cast the first stone” in the statement.
As quoted by PlainSimpleFaith.com, “if you expose any kind of sin, hypocrisy, or inconsistency in the life of someone, the drive-by commenters and the amateur pundits will often quote John 8:7.” This author concludes, “One of the most foolish things a student of God’s Word can do is criticize someone for honestly rebuking sin and basing that argument on John 8:7″.
According to The Christian Research Institute, Church leaders who claim criticism creates a climate of disunity, “fail their own test — they criticize and judge other Christians for criticizing and judging other Christians. Furthermore, these critics fail to understand that without such scrutiny, Christians are misled into heresy and duped by those whose public ministries promote false teachings and/or hide private immoral behavior. Careful, biblical criticism expresses true Christian love and affords essential safeguards to faith.”
Those who cling to “Judge not, that ye be not judged, ” to condemn those who expose error, should read the entire chapter. Jesus said, “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing… ” (Matthew 7:15). How can we know false prophets, unless we judge them by the Word of God? All through the Bible we find proof that they should be identified and exposed.
False teachers are free to spiritually and financially abuse today because there is a conspiracy of silence among many believers. Wolves in sheep’s clothing are thus enabled to ravage the flock, thereby destroying many.
John the Baptist called the Pharisees and Sadducees (the religious leaders of his day) “a generation of Vipers” (snakes) (Matt. 3:7). Let’s apply the Metropolis Syndesmos’ statement to John’s label of the Pharisees. Accordingly, when John issues this criticism to the Pharisees, is he creating “a climate of disunity and discord”…”by passing judgment without knowledge, bearing false witness, and seeking to undermine the authority of our Church leaders”? Our glorious Prophet and Forerunner, John the Baptist!
Jesus said to the religious Pharisees, “O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh” (Matt. 12:34).
Standing face to face with these false teachers, Jesus Christ the Son of God, called them”hypocrites”, “blind guides, ” “blind, ” “whited sepulchres, ” “serpents, ” and “ye generation of vipers” (Matt. 23:23-34).
When dealing with false teachers and prophets, Jesus’ words were sharp and His actions plain.
Near the end of His public ministry, Christ found it necessary to cleanse the temple. At that time He said, “Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves” (Matthew 21:13).
No one made the hierarchs infallible. Papal infallibility is a dogma of the Catholic Church that states that, in virtue of the promise of Jesus to Peter, the Pope is preserved from the possibility of error “When, in the exercise of his office as shepherd and teacher of all Christians, in virtue of his supreme apostolic authority, he defines a doctrine.”
Certain actions of the hierarchs are so evidently wrong and against the teachings of Christ that one cannot deny that there are real problems that need to be addressed, and addressed now before the damage becomes so great that the church cannot ever recover. If these are false prophets, who have no desire or incentive to admit error, then it is up to the rest of us to bring this to their attention. If even such admonitions fall on deaf ears, and blind eyes cannot be opened, than the only avenue left (other than leaving the church) is to take matters into our own hands.
It is time that men and women of God stand up and expose the errors for all to see.