On Andrew Strom’s old website, he posted a great article full of thought-provoking truth. Some took offense because it came from IHOP. An argument ensued and Strom used the term heresy hunters, the first time I had ever seen it utilized. The next day, the entry had disappeared. Pity…
That situation shone a light on my own behavior. So easy it is to get trapped in fault finding and finger pointing. I had become a zealot—no mercy or grace, being correct is paramount. Thankfully, it was for only a couple of month. See, He allows us to make errors, but if we stay in seeking and doing His supernatural will, He will eventually correct us. Remember, being righteous is not the same as being correct; only one human was ever correct, Yeshua. As it is written, “Let YHWH be true and every man a liar.”
The Father never inspired me to check out IHOP and they do have questionable doctrine, but He has had me read a teaching and listen to two great sermons from one of their minister in Africa. I admit I do use the internet as a means to see opinions about a teacher or ministry, but He can still guide me to something useful a false prophet has said that I needed to hear… and move on. Other times, I find the heresy hunter missed the mark and the teacher he debated with actually had a lot of great information. Yah uses both the righteous and unrighteous [Nebuchadnezzar, My servant] to get His will done, which is why we can still use the Bible despite of its imperfections and alterations. We must receive discernment directly from Him to make sure we are not throwing out truth because we hate the package. This is the spiritual meaning of James 2:1-13.
What I usually see is that those hunting the most are not hearing from Yeshua Himself. Truth is not a mental and moral ascension, but a person. Get to know Him. For those who claim to be hearing from Him, see below:
Revelation 2:2-6 I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false. I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for My name’s sake, and you have not grown weary.
But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent. Yet this you have: you hate the works of the Nicolaitans [ruling over the lay people], which I also hate.
What was the love you had at first?
Deuteronomy 4:29 But from there you will seek the YHWH your God and you will find Him, if you search after Him with all your heart and with all your soul.
Leviticus 19:18 You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am YHWH.
Leviticus 19:34 The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am YHWH your God.
Matthew 22:39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
John 13:34 A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
Mark 12:33 and Luke 10:27 And to love Him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.
Galatians 5:14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
James 2:8 If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right.
1 John 4:21 And He has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.
“But I am loving them,” you say, “by pointing out their error and warning others.”
Hosea 6:6 For I desire mercy [loyalty] and not sacrifice [your own works], the knowledge of God [seek Me] rather than burnt offerings [the outward appearance].
Matthew 9:13 Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.
Matthew 12:7 And if you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless.
“But, false teachers are leading the sheep astray!”
2 Timothy 4:3-4 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound (healthy) teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.
2 Thessalonians 2:3 Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first…
Ephesians 5:6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient.
Psalm 81:12 So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices.
Hebrews 10:30 For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine; I will repay,” [Deuteronomy 32:35, Proverbs 20:22, Psalm 94:1, Jeremiah 51:56, Nahum 1:2, Romans 12:19] and again, “YHWH will judge His people.” [Deuteronomy 32:36, Jeremiah 25:29, Jeremiah 49:12, 1 Peter 4:17]
Who is the Savior, you or Yeshua? Have you taken the place of His Holy Guide?
If heresy hunting and being correct comprise more than 10% of your discussion about Christ and the brethren, then you have no trust in Yah doing His job. Yeshua did not call anyone to this type of focus; He called us to love (fruit of the Spirit) and to plant seeds of the Word. Pray for them. Turn them over to Yah. Move on! Yes, you can point out disagreements and faults, but let it be a tiny portion and don’t beat people over the head with it.