Welcome to “In the hedge”

In this blog, I deal with issues facing the church today. These issues range from teaching, false doctrines, politics, false prophets, and errors taught in the church today.

I also want to uplift Jesus and teach the truths about the Christian faith. I want to teach on a level that is based on sola scriptura, on a level that is easy to understand, teachings for new Christians, and teachings for Christians who walked with Christ for years.

Some of my topics will be viewed as offensive to some people, but there are times we must call people in error out by name and appeal to them using the Scriptures.

Galatians 2:11-14 (NASB)
2:11 But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned.
12 For prior to the coming of certain men from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he began to withdraw and hold himself aloof, fearing the party of the circumcision.
13 The rest of the Jews joined him in hypocrisy, with the result that even Barnabas was carried away by their hypocrisy.
14 But when I saw that they were not straightforward about the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas in the presence of all, “If you, being a Jew, live like the Gentiles and not like the Jews, how is it that you compel the Gentiles to live like Jews?

In the above text, Paul called out Peter’s error in public in front of those following this error and anyone else who was around to hear it. Like with Paul’s example, I will try my best to deal with these errors in love and truth. Contrary to what many Christians want to believe, we are obligated to warn our fellow Christians about errors and false teachings.

Romans 16:17-20 (NASB)
16:17 Now I urge you, brethren, keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned, and turn away from them.
18 For such men are slaves, not of our Lord Christ but of their own appetites; and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting.
19 For the report of your obedience has reached to all; therefore I am rejoicing over you, but I want you to be wise in what is good and innocent in what is evil.
20 The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.

1 Timothy 1:18-20 (NASB)
1:18 This command I entrust to you, Timothy, my son, in accordance with the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you fight the good fight,
19 keeping faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and suffered shipwreck in regard to their faith.
20 Among these are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan, so that they will be taught not to blaspheme.

I do not call people out with malice, I am pleading that they refer to the Scriptures and truly study the issues in question.

I am not claiming to be correct all the time and perfect. I’m just striving to teach the Gospel and share my thoughts about the Bible and issues today.

Defending and contending for the truth is not always a popular thing to do. When exposing errors and false teachings, it creates some problems that must be confronted. In the Bible Jesus told us that He would cause division. Today many false teachers and false prophets rely upon unity and diversity in order to distract us from pointing out their errors. To many a sign of God’s blessings are in the form of success, the number of members, and good works. When dealing with doctrines the only thing that matters is the Word of God. Having financial success, large numbers of members, and performing good works does not pardon false doctrines and sin.

Matthew 10:32-36 (NASB)
10:32 “Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven.
33 “But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.
34 “Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.
35 “For I came to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law ;
36 and a man’s enemies will be the members of his household .

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Comments
  1. Karen says:

    Quickly browsed around your blog a bit and want to encourage you to continue to fight the good fight of faith.

    Jude 3.
    Hebrews 13:20-21.

    (Love the picture of the wolf among the flock…very telling…)

    In Christ,
    Karen

  2. Eden says:

    Your header is lovely, and the wolf/sheep picture is very cool. Blessings,

    Eden

    Thorns and Myrtles
    http://edenellis.wordpress.com

  3. sandyvanasch says:

    Continue the fight for the faith and proper doctrine. I really appreciate your articles and website.

    Most Christians are wanting to be spoonfed and not feed themselves and mature in the knowledge of the Word of God. That is why there are so many false teachers on television who rake in millions of dollars weekly.

    Christians, its time to stop being weaklings.

    Sandy Van Asch

    • rosita Fabr. says:

      I find that without Christ Jesus to guide me I am completely losed. ””
      Not many want to hear the True Gospel… so many just want to hear what they want to hear. And when I speak of the Lords’ Truth.. they get upset with me. I am refering to so called Christians saying they are ‘born again”. I feel hurt when they get angry with me… for I should realize that if Christ Jesus was persecuted also I will be.

      Our only true Way is Jesus. Only He is the WAY/TRUTH/LIFE. For I find many rather make up their own gods.

      For in Matthew 7.. the Lord says’ ‘”Depart from Me for I do not know you”..
      …now that is scary to hear from Jesus.

      Help us Lord to know Him , and only He is the Way.

      Blessings and love,
      rosita

      John 3:30

  4. Christine Hinchley says:

    Hi,
    This was my first time visiting this website and I admit I agree with most of what you have published. I agree that the Emergent Church movement is one that is causing much division in our churches and harming the flock. That being said, I do not like the fact that you call Rick Warren, “Pope” on your site. It sounds kind of like “bashing” to me, not calling out someone in error in love. I also have a question as to your ideas on Beth Moore. I have gone through several of her teachings, and believe she is sound in her doctrine.
    I did have some questions about Christians ascending and descending heaven, and have been very uncomfortable with that whole idea (before death). I have a degree from a well respected, conservative bible college and have not been able to reconcile that idea in my head or heart….thank you for what you do expose. I pray the Lord leads you and guides you and that you are careful in your judgement of others.
    In Christ,

  5. Imagine if you are wrong about one prophet. Think of having to answer for the damage inflicted on that prophet and all who agreed with you. Your first scripture above calls for you to do the accusation face to face and the second says simply to turn away from the false teaching. I’m not saying that there aren’t orthodoxy issues with some but the question is what is the Lord’s will here, how would He wanted it handled and responed to? In Mat 13 many people were telling Jesus that he was doing miracles falsly and He told them they had blasphemed the Holy Spirit, and because they were so apostate they couldn’t recognize the Lord moving, they had fallen away from the faith.

    Many in the church are actually partnering with the Satan, who is also called accuser of the brethern, using their time resources and platform to attack other men of God. There is a place for those who have the authority to do so, to councel and rebuke, but to self-appoint yourself as a judge and spew condemnation and accusation and bring others along with you is dangerous and damaging to the church. These accusation-mongers should repent and begin to teach and restore peoples relationships with the Lord. Rick Joyner is involved in the restoration of Todd Bentley and he responds to the accusation here: http://www.charismamag.com/index.php/component/content/article/20035

    Paul the apostle claimed to have authority for building and for tearing down, but what gives you authority to tear down the work of others is having built something yourself.
    For this cause I write these things while absent, that I may not when present deal sharply, according to the authority which the Lord gave me for building up, and not for casting down (2 Corinthians 13:10).

    Do you think you have authority here? When Paul tore down he didn’t tear it down and walk away, moving on to the next thing to tear down. That which the Lord instructed him to tear down, he built up after the evil was removed. He used encouragement that effectively restored not only discouragement. He wasn’t partnering with the accuser of the brethern, but with the Lord. There is such rich, anointed teaching related to pursuing close relationship with God at sites like mikebickle.org, this is what should be pursued, not fault-finding that hurts sincere believers causing them to stumble and be hindered.

    You have much discernment and wisdom, but when we abide in Him (John 15) we see that he prunes others, and typically only uses us to do the pruning if we have authority over that person or special circumstance. When we abide in Him, it is suprising how often we manefest the fruit of the Spirit in peace joy and love. The peace makers are the sons of God, the division-causers obtain satan’s objective in dividing the house of God. For satan knows a house divided against itself cannot stand. Those doing the Lord’s work will bear fruit.

  6. Tanner says:

    Thank you Brandon Chavez. You are the first person on this website to actually use God’s word in context.

    David J- I hope that through this whole, I guess you would call it “cowardly confronting” blog God taught you more about your errors than about the errors of others. You do know that the purpose of God’s word is to expose your sins right? It is a misuse of God’s perfect, inerrant, living word to use it to tear and divide. Where do you get that theology? Go read any of Paul’s epistles! He speaks explicitly about being of one mind, working together in one accord, and being in unison with one another.

    By citing Matt. 10:32-36 are you are comparing yourself to Jesus?!?!?! Talk about blasphemy! Notice that in each line He says I. He never commands us to divide. What he commands us to do is to proclaim His name to the ends of the earth. Are you saying that you have also come, with the same authority of Jesus, to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law? Are you really that far removed from what Christianity is and what grace is? There are no redeeming qualities to any of your blogs. As a brother in Christ I would advise you to seek the council of the bible and be less worried about revealing what “David J” thinks he knows (Proverbs says that only a fool does not heed wise council and only wants to reveal his own knowledge). Read chapter 38 and 39 of Job, once you are able to do all of those things that God does, then this website would become relevant.

  7. Mark says:

    Simple question for Joseph, do you believe God has left a perfect copy of the Word of God (the Bible) any where or any time on earth? Is your Bible the perfect Word of God? Is there such a thing in your opinion?

    Why do I have to have some weird, abstract artsy, new age, image thing by name on this site?

  8. Mark,

    I suspect you may be a King James Onlyist. If that is the case, then I have a category for King James Only. You are welcomed to pick a blog from that category and start a discussion there. I do not want this section of my blog filled with what I consider off topic subjects. I suggest that you read Perversion coming from the pulpit is far more deadly than poor Bible translations for starters.

    As far as the image by your name, I have no clue.

    -David J

  9. James King says:

    David where did you get that picture of a man with sheep. Someone may think you are presenting that as a pictures of Jesus Christ. PLease: Jesus Christ is God manifested in the flesh. this is a form of Idolatry, beginning with the Roman Catholic anti-Christ cult

  10. James,

    I respect your beliefs about not making any images of our Lord, but I disagree with it for the most part. I don’t have a problem with people painting etc.. what they think Jesus looked like, but I do have a problem with people who worship these images like the RCC does. So I guess we agree in part and disagree in part.

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