With the wolves you cannot be too severe. With the weak sheep you cannot be too gentle.

At the Desiring God 2008 National Conference, Mark Driscoll spoke on “How Sharp the Edge? Christ, Controversy, and Cutting Words”. Here are some of his comments.  (These are notes taken during the session, not a manuscript.) Shoot the wolves. These are false teachers. Martin Luther says, “With the wolves you cannot be too severe. With the weak … More With the wolves you cannot be too severe. With the weak sheep you cannot be too gentle.

Teachers gone astray

    Forsaking the right way, they have gone astray. They have followed the way of Balaam, the son of Beor, who loved gain from wrongdoing, but was rebuked for his own transgression; a speechless donkey spoke with human voice and restrained the prophet’s madness. (2 Peter 2:15-16 ESV) Click here for “Doctrine From False Teachers … More Teachers gone astray

J.C. Ryle on the leaven of false doctrine: The great secret of its success is its subtlety and likeness to truth.

Now they had forgotten to bring bread, and they had only one loaf with them in the boat. 15 And he cautioned them, saying, “Watch out; beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.” And they began discussing with one another the fact that they had no bread. And Jesus, aware of … More J.C. Ryle on the leaven of false doctrine: The great secret of its success is its subtlety and likeness to truth.

The basis for discernment

Steven J.Cole on Spiritual Discernment: Hence, John tells his beloved flock (1 John 4:1), “do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God.” Paul said a similar thing. After saying that we should “not despise prophetic utterances,” he added, “But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which … More The basis for discernment

Piper: 2 Peter 2 is a warning, a crack of the whip over our heads

John Piper, in an introduction to a sermon on 2 Peter 1, “Destruction is not Sleeping” And now comes chapter 2, and a very significant change in Peter’s approach. I say a change in his approach, not his goal. His goal is still to make us firm and stable and unshakable in our faith. But … More Piper: 2 Peter 2 is a warning, a crack of the whip over our heads