Last week I posted the following from John Stott on my Facebook page: “Christ is the center of Christianity; everything else is peripheral.” A wonderful, beautiful sentiment!
Still, it didn’t stop a zealous heretic hunter from assaulting me.
He began by attacking John Stott for being “pro Roman Catholic.” I simply deleted his comment. Later, he proceeded to accuse Stott of lying—of not really believing “Christ is the center” (the evidence being—I suppose—that Stott wasn’t nearly as hostile as he should’ve been).
This time I deleted his comment and sent him the following private message.
The purpose of my status is the contemplation Christ—not John Stott. Therefore I have deleted your comments which focus on Stott, not Jesus.
Most of the time my daily status updates are scriptures...just something to meditate on. However, I also enjoy quoting extra-biblical sources; again, for the purpose of contemplation—not for the purpose of debating the source of the quote.
I believe truth is truth, no matter who speaks it. (And the converse is true as well!)
Thanks and have a wonderful weekend.
Here is his response.
This is absurd. You just don't want to be accountable for promotion of false prophets.
And many people on FB are not familiar with the antics of John Stott and J.I. Packer and would take this quote as an endorsement of him. It's called deceit in my book, leading people to believe that Stott was a great Christian guy and he was not. He was instrumental in compromising the gospel to thousands of people just like Billy Graham.
So, in this guy’s mind, I’m no better than the likes of John Stott, J.I. Packer, or Billy Graham?
Uh…wow…that…that really stings.
And I awoke this morning to discover that the Grand Inquisitor defriended me. (If you’re Facebook savvy you saw this coming at “zealous heretic hunter.”)
*For those of you who don’t know, being defriended is the on-line equivalent of excommunication. Thankfully, as of this writing, I’ve yet to be blocked (think “Jon Huss” or “Michael Servetus”). *
Now, did you notice, dear reader, that my fundamentalist former friend took “Christ is the center” as an opportunity to completely ignore Jesus and focus instead on John, Jim, Billy, and me? (That’s what I call them now. We’re tight like that.)
Our cross crusader focused on several people and things. Jesus wasn’t among them.
Does the world see Christians centered upon Jesus: His person, His work, and His teaching? When it looks at you and me let’s pray that that’s what it sees.
By this all will know that you are My disciples,
if you have love for one another.