BUILD UP ONE ANOTHER

I was looking for something else and found your web page because one word on your web page matched my search engine request.

Is there anything good except your opinion? You don't like Experiencing God and The Prayer of Japez. I am surprised you think the Bible is adequate reading . . . and to recommend the NIV Bible, man are you liberal, isn't the King Jimmy the only Bible? All my scripture is from the NASB update.

PHI 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things. [Please note, Paul didn't say it had to be perfect, just good and honorable.]

1JO 4:8 The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

JOH 13:34 "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.13:35 "By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."

We live in a sin polluted world. There is nothing pure except the Holy Spirit running around our topography. It is easy to pick apart anything, from your own wickedness to any book. Having read and studied both books as a seasoned Bible teacher and professor, they are very good books that have helped my spiritual life and many others. I would take this to pass the Good and honorable test. Anything taken to excess is wrong. Drinking nine gallons of water in a day will drown the one drinking. Is water wicked because some drown in H20? God is on his throne and he is to be worshiped.

I am delighted to find you have cornered the market on perfection. I will need to return again another day to read your book on humility and how I obtained it. You do know one of our main jobs on this earth is to build up others.

1TH 5:11 Therefore encourage one another, and build up one another, just as you also are doing.

Remember your childhood or walk on any school playground. Children are superb at criticism. It takes a mature adult to build others up.

My response is in Green:

Why should I not just disregard everything you said because you are hypocrite? Yes I know that is harsh, but aren't you a hypocrite? After all you criticized me for criticizing another brother. So didn't you do what you are complaining about me doing? Your message title was "Build Up One Another," but you didn't try to build me up at all. Or did I miss it? Let me see you asked if I thought there was anything good other than my own opinion. You said you were surprised that I felt the Bible was adequate reading. You implied that I thought I was perfect. You also implied that I was not humble, which in turn implies that I have a problem with pride. And then finally you implied that I was a child and not mature. Hum, I must have missed the part where you built me up.

You were right about one thing. I did criticize both of those books. But I did not do what you have done to me and that is attack the authors personally. Let me quote from the end of my review of Experiencing God:

"I don't know Mr. Blackaby and I can certainly not know his heart, but I do know that there are serious errors in this book. Serious enough errors that I would not recommend any believer read it."

Nor do I attack the author of Prayer of Jabez personally. In fact at the end of that review I tell people to judge everything by God's word, including what I have to say.

"Be a Berean, test everything you hear and read against God's word. Just because you hear something from the pulpit does not make it biblical."

Speaking of judging everything by the Bible, I was surprised since you are a seasoned Bible teacher and professor that you did not refute anything I said in either review. All you did was attack me for doing the reviews in the first place.

You did use a couple passages of Scripture but you were very selective in the way you used them. You made it appear that we are not to ever speak out about anything, but rather to just look for what is good and praise it. Did you realize that rat poison is only about 10% poison and the other 90% is good food? Why? Because if it were all poison the rats would not touch it. You need the good food to get the rats to eat it and along with it the poison. My point is that just because some of the material in these two books is good, does not mean the true poison in them is harmless.

Look at what else the Bible has to say about such things:

(Titus 2:15 NIV) These, then, are the things you should teach. Encourage and rebuke with all authority. Do not let anyone despise you.

(2 Timothy 4:2-4 NIV) [2] Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage-with great patience and careful instruction. [3] For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. [4] They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.

That is right, Paul tells us not only to encourage but to also rebuke, and correct. So am I wrong to point out what I think are unbiblical concepts in these two books? Even if I am mistaken in your view, why not show me where I am mistaken, instead of just attacking me for my concerns?

You also tried to imply that my reviews showed that I did not have love, which in turn implies that I am not a true Christian. Wow, might I ask where the love was in that part of your letter to me? How is it that warning people about something is equated in your mind to not showing love? Why would I put myself in the position to be attacked by people like you if I didn't care about those whom I am trying to warn?

If I am mistaken in my evaluation of these two books, then you should be able to show me where. After all I documented my concerns and backed up my concerns with Scripture, so it should be easy for a seasoned Bible teacher and professor such as you to quickly show me where I am in error. That is if you care enough to do so, instead of attacking me personally.

I stand by the reviews I have posted on my site. I did not write them to attack the authors, but I did write them to warn people of the unbiblical concepts contained in each book. I will continue to encourage people to read with discernment and judge everything they read and hear by God's word, no matter how many people attack me for doing so.

Just for the record, I have reviewed well over 100 books on my site and only written negative reviews on four of them, so your implication that I don't think anything is worthwhile other than my own opinion strikes me as hollow, but then again that is only my opinion.

I wish I could thank you for writing, but it would not be honest of me. I hope you will step back and figure out why you wrote what you did. I am not sure why you did. Maybe you truly believe what you wrote and maybe you can't see that you attacked me personally while all I did was review a couple of books. Or maybe it is the book reviews that are the real reason for your attack. Maybe I hit too close to home on them and this is your way of defending your acceptance of those books. I don't know, and to be honest I don't really care, but I hope you will figure it out for yourself.

Ralph

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