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When Christians Disagree: Unity, Facebook and False Teachers

Last week an old friend, and fellow Christian, messaged me on Facebook to let me know he thought some of the Christian charismatic leaders I followed were “false teachers.” I didn’t (and still don’t) agree with him. But that’s not the point. There are enough blog posts, Facebook comments and even entire books dedicated to, what I’ll refer to as “Christian Disagreements.” But so few resources on how to walk in unity and how to honor those you disagree with. It’s like we’re experts at arguing, persuading and debating (which I confess, I do a lot of) but almost entirely ignorant on how to walk in unity. And I think something is wrong with that. So instead of writing my friend back right away, I took a day to think it over. I wanted to not only get my thinking right but also my heart right before I responded. 3 Ways To Respond To Christian Facebook Disagreements As I considered the different ways I could respond I decided there were 3 main approaches: 1. Aggressive: Engage in a full blown frontal attack. I could build a case why I’m right and he’s wrong. I could open up my “Debate Toolbox” and pull out proven tools that have helped me win arguments before: identifying flawed logic, using the psychology of persuasion, pointing out scripture that supports my case and of course my favorite… powerful writing that’s concise and to the point. 2. Passive Aggressive: Completely ignore him. Come on all you Passive Agressives out there… you know what I’m talking about… “Screw you. It’s not worth my time to even reply to you.”...

Why Introspection Is A Waste Of Time

Should you be more introspective? Well, it depends what kind of life you want. If you want to rob yourself of joy, stunt your spiritual growth and become a more self-absorbed person than yes, by all means, you should be introspective. But seriously, think about it. Have you ever felt empowered after an intense time of introspection? Did you examine all your motives and then walk away feeling refreshed and closer to God? If you’re like most people then probably not. And why would you? The nature of introspection is to look for things that are wrong in your life. Areas of your life that need to be corrected. Trying to judge yourself according to your own internal belief system. And from my experience (and observation of many well meaning Christians) introspection does little to change your life for the better. If you really want a heart change. If you really want to be free from sin then turn your gaze away from yourself and onto God. The Holy Spirit is perfectly capable of doing this work without your help. So is the living Word of God. And so are the people God has placed in your life. If you need to be corrected simply ask the Holy Spirit to convict you when you need to be. Ask him to guide you by His Word. But I strongly encourage you to refrain from spending countless hours “naval gazing.” You will have more joy, mature spiritually and become a more selfless person by gazing into the heart of God instead of into your own soul. If you don’t believe me just try it....