There is a lot of preacher bashing going on all over the Internet. I would submit that there are times when the direction that some in the Body of Christ are heading are not in line with the Scriptures. My battle is not that the heresy hunters/pulpit pimp hunters don’t have a case, but I have challenged the spirit in which they have chosen to comple what they feel like is their assignment from God. Reproof and Correction may be needed in a great way today, but we don’t need bashing and name calling of preachers by other Christians. The writings of Paul are often quoted to define the role of women in Ministry, but many of Paul’s other teachings about treating one another correctly are not heeded by many of these Preacher Bashers!
Second Timothy 2 verses 24-26 reads as follows-(24)-And the Servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, (25) In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; (26) And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will. This passage of Scripture calls for the Servant of the Lord to be patient and gentle to all men. It also teaches to not strive and to instruct in meekness. This is not the Spirit in which the Preacher Bashing on the Internet is carried out like. One is made to feel like he or she is watching one of the Barber Shop or Beauty Shop movies on these websites that spit out rumours that are unfounded and some rumours that are founded, but it is the Spirit in which these sites operate with that I oppose.
It would appear that the owners of these websites/attack blogs have no problem following the admonition of Paul about the role of women in the ministry, but they virtually ignore the manner in which Paul suggested that they carry out their ministry assignments. Paul also recorded these words in Titus 3 verses (2-7)-(2) To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle shewing all meekness unto all men. (3) For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobediant, deceived, serving divers lust and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another (4) But after kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared (5) Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; (6) Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; (7) That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
These attack blog owners should keep these scriptures in mind, and realize that it is foolhardy and hypocritical to bash others with reckless abandon, when one does not have his or her own self together. It’s as if they believe that God will forgive their mess, but God will not forgive the televangelist or the megachurch pastor that goes astray. These scriptures doesn’t call us to be wimps at all, but it would seem to suggest that those who are attacking others should develop meekness and patience if they are supposed to be carrying out their “ministry assignments”. Maybe you will consider these words before you move your mouse in the direction of one of these attack websites that are attacking Christian leaders all day long every day!
Pastor Stephen F. Smith