Exposé: Tactics and Motivation

I think this is the third video I’ve posted from Rod Saunders’ Jew and Greek YouTube channel. Many of his presentations show up the underhanded tactics, selective editing and biased commentary being used by a variety of “discernment ministries”.

This video is a very good exposé of some of those tactics and the motivation behind them.

Exposing the Ignorance (and Lies) of a Heresy Hunter

Spencer Smith videos seem to always pop up when I look through the YouTube menu.

There are two things I’ve noticed about him and his videos that have steered me away from them.

  1. They are ALWAYS anti something or someone.
  2. His site homepage seems to be all about $$$, with links to donate and many options to purchase his merchandise.

The video below shows how these two things are linked.

The video also shows how Smith never lets truth and facts get in the way of denigrating others – because it’s easier to label countless others as heretics if you are willing to stoop to misrepresentation and lies.

My posting of this video is not an endorsement of the ministry presenting it, although many of the other videos on its site give a lot of good insight. It is also not an endorsement of any of the people mentioned in the video. I post it because it exposes the grave errors, mistakes, carelessness and outright lies that are the stock in trade of too many “discernment ministries”.

If any person or ministry deserves to be exposed as a “heretic”, then it should be done truthfully according to FACTS.

More Todd White Repentance Commentary

The video below has the best assessment of the Todd White repentance issue that I’ve seen over the past few days.

All of the criticisms of White I’ve seen in the past on the “heresy hunter” sites have either been outright lies (such as he denies the divinity of Christ), have attacked his healing ministry (after all, those gifts died out with the apostles according to the critics) or have mocked his hairstyle and/or wardrobe.

That’s why those sites so quickly switched from “Todd White repents” – to reasons why his repentance isn’t legitimate.

The snide mocking tone of many of the critics ought to be recognised as the fruit by which we will know them. See the comparison given between the works of the flesh and the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians.

Also, Jesus referred to people appearing like sheep but by their fruit are recognisable as ravenous wolves. The nature of wolves is to hunt in packs, hungrily tearing their prey apart.

The commentator below is no Todd White follower (and neither am I) but unlike the “discernment” ministry sites, he addresses Todd White’s perceived shortcomings (and strengths) with honesty and integrity.

I’d never heard of White until the beginning of the year after I’d done a Bible study on healing, the results of which have been shared over many posts on this blog.

After completing that personal study I looked around to find what others were saying and/or doing regarding healing. I came across Todd White videos showing him ministering within the community: healing, sharing the gospel, meeting people’s other needs, and leading people to the Lord, followed by baptising them.

I posted a video of him doing those things and was astounded by the persistent, negative, accusatory responses in the comments section below that video. For the first time in the life of this blog (after 50 comments in a few days) I chose to manually disable the comments. *

Todd White is obviously not perfect and even he is recognising that he’s fallen short in areas, but I’ve had no doubts of his sincerity and his love of the Lord and that the Lord has used him and will continue to do so.

The presenter of this video makes far more pertinent and gracious observations of White and his ministry than I’ve witnessed across the many “heresy hunter” sites I’ve seen.

Refreshingly, instead of snide accusations, he gives wise and helpful advice, and it was encouraging to me to hear him reference Apollos as someone who had preached a deficient gospel in Ephesus but was later patiently corrected by Aquila and Priscilla.

Apollos is an example I have referred to a few times in recent discussion about White and his ministry. Apollos was blessed to be patiently corrected instead of being labelled a heretic and berated on the Roman empire equivalent of YouTube.

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