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A Few Good Men: 10 Doctrinally Sound Male Teachers

Michelle Lesley

a few good men 1Ladies, the Christian retailing machine isn’t doing us any favors when it comes to Bible study and theology.

First, they’ve created the impression that in order to study God’s word, we have to buy a book, workbook, or DVD by a Christian author. Next, they show us the materials we have to choose from by cordoning off part of the store or web site under the heading “Women’s Bible Study.” Finally, they fill the shelves in that department with materials penned almost exclusively by women, the majority of whom (even at supposedly trustworthy LifeWay) are false teachers.

Let’s think outside that box, shall we?

First, you do not have to use someone’s book to study the Bible. In fact, I recommend that you don’t. Just pick up your Bible and study it in a systematic way. Next, if you do decide to use a Bible study book or other…

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4 thoughts on “A Few Good Men: 10 Doctrinally Sound Male Teachers

  1. I can’t endorse this post as Michelle Leslie has not acknowledged my concern against several of those whom she promotes. Some of these men are patriarchal and do not give a clear picture of their stand against domestic abuse and coming to the aid of the victim.

    1. I understand where you are coming from and that is certainly a point of concern for me also. I’ve heard Jeff Crippen say (paraphrased) that an abuse victim should seek a church, not on its faithfulness to the Gospel, but on their understanding of abuse. I cannot agree with that. Everything in Christianity is about Christ. First and foremost I want a preacher who loves the Word and Christ and preaches from a point of no-compromise. To do otherwise is to love ourselves more than we love Christ. I absolutely stand against patriarchal teachings but I do view myself as a complementarian. They are not the same, not even close. I cannot agree with preachers on that when I might agree with their take on the Gospel overall. I also cannot agree with preachers on abuse if the downplay it. I want preachers, all preachers, to start to see domestic abuse for what it is and to learn how to minister to the abused. I’m actually nearly done with a book that I plan to publish on Kindle that addresses that very issue. But, to do it rightly, the focus must first be on the truth of God’s Word. That’s where we must begin. If a man truly loves God, many times he will be open to seeing where he was wrong–in this case, on abuse. If, however, a man loves abuse victims more than he loves God or more than he wants to stay faithful to God’s Word, he might never see where he’s wrong, might never repent, might never be right with God and might lead many to hell. We are blessed today that there are quite a few preachers waking up to the damage that domestic abuse does, what it is, how to spot abusers, and how to minister to victims of abuse. We must pray that truly godly preachers are among those who are waking up. I believe that God will act on this when enough of us add our voices to the rising chorus of those testifying as to what we’ve endured. Thank you for taking time to comment. I always love seeing you here. Have a blessed evening. ~ Anna

      1. Thanks Anna,
        The phrase “faithful to the Gospel” has been given different definitions. Faithfulness to the Gospel in some circles has meant that the vulnerable are neglected. This is my concern. It would appear that “doctrines” for example like those adhering to TULIP are more important than the doctrine of love.
        If Jeff Crippen has said that faithfulness to the Gospel is secondary then it is wrong. I know I have heard him say that he questions a church’s or leadership’s doctrines if they can not or refuse to see how the Lord reached out to the downcast. I believe what he is suggesting is that those who do not acknowledge abuse within the church have a skewed view of what the Gospel is all about. I am not attempting to defend Pastor Crippen, however, many of the men that Michelle has alluded to in various posts are not necessarily pure in their faithfulness to the Gospel in how they may treat different people within their churches.
        Not sure if I have made sense? I appreciate your concern for comforting the vulnerable especially since many want desperately to honor the Lord with their lives and their marriages.

        1. Faithful to the Gospel means just that–setting forth the truth of God’s Word without leaving anything out or twisting anything. Matthew 22: 34-40, But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together. Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. This is what God commands and this is what I mean: We honor and obey God, and we love and serve one another. Jeff actually advised me to find a church that was willing to minister to the abused. He said that that, and not absolute faithfulness to Scripture, was what I and other abused women should look for. He was completely 100 percent wrong. I remember Chuck Swindoll saying that some churches were way over here and were all about love but got the truth of the Bible wrong, while others were way over there and emphasized truth to the detriment of teaching and practicing love. He went on to say that what we needed were churches that met in the middle and practiced and taught both. He was 100 percent correct. We must start with the first greatest commandment–loving God with everything that is within us but we are not faithful to Him until we also practice the second greatest commandment–to love our neighbors as ourselves. We cannot start with the second. Only with a clear view of the first can we ever get the first or the second right. Too many churches fail to accept Scripture at face value. They cut this out, water down that, and so on. It’s no wonder that we don’t love God as we should and thus it’s impossible for us to love our neighbor as we ought to. As far as the Reformed view of TULIP, while I am Reformed myself, I would have to say that some of the worst treatment I’ve received in the church has been from folks in Reformed churches. So, I agree with you there completely. Yes, you made sense and I appreciate your being willing to talk about it. Thanks again for being a friend. Praying for you tonight. ~ Anna

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