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May 9, 2014

TISCIONE: Speaking the truth

By LOU TISCIONE

All Christians would likely affirm that we are called by God to always speak the truth. One would think that there is no question that this must be the case. Yet we are told that speaking the truth is unloving. It is especially unloving when a major figure lies and we are told that exposing the lie and the liar is unloving and a failure to take “the high moral road.” From my perspective, this fits into the new definition of tolerance. The new definition of tolerance is that one who is tolerant accepts every point of view as equally valid. The old definition of tolerance was simply to receive all views with respect. 

We face this both inside the church and in society. It is called “bad form” or even worse to expose a false teacher in the church. We are exposed to the prosperity teachers and the word faith cult teachers on an ever increasing rate. We see them on TV and we see the media portraying them as being representative of evangelical Christians. 

I remember the late Peter Jennings doing an investigation on the show 20/20 of the Evangelical Church. In his broadcast, his crew filmed a vineyard church where the members were rolling on the floor and barking like dogs. It was alarming and offensive to me. It was alarming as I was shocked in disbelief that some of those who were acting so preposterously may have been genuine believers. It was shocking to me that a major news agency would use this kind of perverted behavior to represent Evangelical Christianity.

The false teachers of the word faith cult are often categorized as being part of Evangelical Christianity as well. The leaders of this theological cult are too numerous to mention. All you have to do is to tune into the Trinity Broadcast Network and you will be met by the “name it, claim it and frame it” teachers. These are the ones who exhort people to “sow a seed” and God will return what is sowed ten-fold. Of course the so-called sowing is done in their pasture. 

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