Update: Challies describes what false teachers are and I’m pretty certain he fits the bill.
Challies has a series right now called The False Teacher series. It’s getting quite ridiculous at this point, and it’s a little surprising he doesn’t see it.
At what point do you swallow the reality that you are arrogant and believe you have perfect doctrine and everyone only has to learn from you? At what point do you recognize in yourself that you only preach to the choir because you have a following of people that all are as arrogant as you? Can someone like him ever admit that he has something to learn by people that he disagrees with?
I’m seriously waiting for his false teacher series on Jesus. I’m pretty sure Challies hasn’t sold all his stuff and given it to the poor, so instead of just admitting he’s a failure like the rest of us he’ll probably make a blog post about how Jesus was a false teacher too. I’m sure we’ll see C.S. Lewis soon, Ghandi, Hauerwas and a number of others Challies thinks he knows better than.
With all 25,000 or so posts on Challies blog, I’d say the only way for him to redeem himself for his over the top ridiculousness will be to go through his posts and show us where he is guilty of being a false teacher as well. But it probably won’t happen. He probably doesn’t think he has any wrong theology. After all, many of the folks in his series so far are on his list because they hold differing CHRISTIAN theologies.
C’mon Challies, wake up. Read your Bible at least. You can’t be a false teacher like you accuse Mclaren of because he doesn’t hold as tightly as you do the big four adjectives for the Bible. Inspired, inerrant, infallible, authoritative. Not only is that unbiblical it shows who your God really is. Pope Francis too? Because you have a different theory of justification than him? Because a theory of justification is enough to do you in eh?
I wish you could wake up and see how harmful your own theology (and especially methodology) is and how you are as much of a false teacher as the rest of us; perpetuating your ‘us’ and ‘them’ dichotomy and putting yourself on the pedestal of deciding who is a false teacher and who is a true one. You cause divisions more than any Christian blogger I know. Doesn’t that make you a false teacher? (Rom 16:17) You interpret Christ through the Bible instead of the other way around. Doesn’t that make you a false teacher? (2 Peter 2:1-3) All you do is spew out book reviews, and strong opinions about minor aspects of the faith and you fill your readers minds with quarrels about who is right and who is wrong (the law). Doesn’t that make you a false teacher? (Titus 3:9)
If Paul was writing to Timothy today, I would think that Paul would be talking about you in this verse.
1 Timothy 6:20-21
O Timothy, guard the deposit entrusted to you. Avoid the irreverent babble and contradictions of what is falsely called “knowledge,” for by professing it some have swerved from the faith. Grace be with you.
James nails you pretty good on this one too.
Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire!
Please stop being a teacher with all your irreverent babble criticizing people based on your pre-determined views of rightness. If you want to actually be a teacher, then admit your false teachings first, admit your arrogance, admit your failure to live up to the standards you hold other teachers to and stop just showing us a checklist of how all these people don’t match up to your self-assumed perfect doctrine.
Peace, love and grace.