When we get to know another person, or even fall in love with someone, do we just enjoy the relationship, or do we have to figure out what it means, analyze it, and figure out how it works?
Yet an elephant in the room is that this is exactly what happens among people who say they love Jesus Christ! It is frustrating to watch these combative interactions taking place, in the name of Jesus, all over the Internet. This denomination against that one. Theosis versus sanctification. Grace against works. Justification versus sanctification. And on and on it goes, ad nauseam.
No, correction. It is not frustrating. It is tragic. It makes me want to weep.
Can you not just picture Jesus watching all this? "Hello, here I am waiting for you to follow Me, so I can show you the Way home. But all you are doing is arguing with one another about how a relationship with Me works."
Please understand. I am not advocating for a lack of truth or right theology. But the whole thing about "knowing about" has become the focus, the object, the IDOL! Jesus gets lost in the shuffle of theological debate.
Knowing about Him is not knowing Him!
"Now this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent." John 17:3
Wouldn't it be a shame to be able to argue all sorts of points about God, and still miss the all important matter of knowing Him?
While I sometimes enjoy the content of a number of Youtube channels run by certain pastors, I got to wondering when they have time to shepherd their flocks, considering all the TV watching, Youtube watching, and preparing their content that's involved, equipment, etc., so they can critique pseudo preachers and the like, and heaven knows they need exposing. Yet some things just don't stack up. Not to mention prayer life! Ministry functions are "... to equip the saints for works of ministry, to build up the body of Christ, until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God, as we mature to the full measure of the stature of Christ. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed about by the waves and carried around by every wind of teaching and by the clever cunning of men in their deceitful scheming." Ephesians 4:12-14. Focus on what's important, literally for Christ's sake! Or is Youtube monetization more important? I dunno. Maybe I'm behind the times, but what if things were being taken care of at home in the local assembly, the family of God, along the lines of maturing the saints, then just maybe the saints could discern for themselves who the charlatans are!
"Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the way that leads to life, and only a few find it. Beware of false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves." Matthew 7:13-15.
Plenty of pop televangelists "give their regards to Broad Way". Flash, flair, show, big mansions, private jets, living the high style life. Where's the cross in that?!