The following BLOG from Scott Gamel really highlighted something to me that will probably continue to be more and more of a problem in the future. It talks about online discernment ministires (ODM’s). Please read it:
Scott’s last paragraph said:
What you need to “discern” is what has so poisoned your soul that you feel led to “bite and devour” and to speak whatever crumb of truth you might stumble upon completely devoid of love.
I actually sent an e-mail to a guy that runs biblical discernment ministries a few years back. I really saw this guy as just not liking any Christian author at all. He was a self proclaimed Christian fundamentalist. Not a good response back to me,
These BLOGS are VERY common that tout this kind of attitude and theology. They all sound very much the same and pretty much speak “crumbs” of truth without the Cross being central to how they see God. These kinds of ministries are becoming more common as people try their hands at online theology. As I have stated before — this fundamental legalism is the default mode of the human heart so we always need to examine its roots in our own hearts.
I frequent at least one BLOG hoping to soften their critique of all the people out there. However, my feeling is it wont happen unless I have a real relationship with these kinds of people.
My opinion is these kinds of discernment ministries will become more numerous in our high tech age.