It seems that since the release of Rob Bell’s book, Love Wins, other things have been released as well, namely an outbreak of very outspoken people who believe they are God’s chosen. As such, they have a mission to squash any person or argument that differs from their understanding of Jesus, God, man, sin, scripture, the afterlife, etc. etc. etc. How do you recognize God’s chosen Truth warriors? By how they think and what say using all sorts of media, but typically TV, radio, blogs and comment threads. Here are 15 signs that you’re dealing with one of the “chosen”:
- Others who don’t agree with me are unbiblical while I am always biblical.
- The original Greek/Hebrew is never pulled out to support other people’s point, but always my own.
- Others who come to different conclusions than me while reading the same Bible are twisting scripture, while I always know and speak the “untwisted” version.
- Satan has blinded the minds of others when they do not see things they way I see them. My mind is never blinded.
- If anyone strongly disagrees with what I believe then they are a Heretic.
- Any verbal Christian who disagrees with what I think scripture says is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
- The gospel that I preach is always the same gospel that Paul preached. Anyone who differs from what I preach is preaching a different gospel than Paul and is therefore an anathema and cursed.
- If I can use more words (the bigger the better) than others in a comment thread, I win.
- If anyone sways from the penal substitution theory of atonement, then they do not believe in the Jesus or God of the Bible.
- Orthodox belief is always what I believe.
- Others are on slippery slopes, not me.
- I have a pure reading and understanding of scripture; my opinion, preferences, culture, personal beliefs and upbringing have absolutely no influence in my biblical understanding.
- I am always part of God’s in-crowd.
- There is an absolute Truth, and I know it. Anyone who disagrees with me is believing and speaking lies. Satan has deceived them.
- In the end, me and my God will win. You’ll see.
Frankly, as soon as I sense I am trying to converse with such a person, I try to quickly and politely bow out of the conversation. I can answer every question they ask, I can support every point with scripture, I can write and write and write for months. And it won’t matter. They will always be right and I will always be wrong, regardless. Re-gard-less. And that is OK. As my friend Jonathan says, “As always, you are welcome to disagree.” And I need to continue to keep Chad’s words in front of me.
I have better things to do with my time. More importantly, I have people in my life that I cannot allow this person to rob time and energy from.