What’s the difference between writing multiple blog posts on the same topic and riding hobby horses? After years of fancying myself as a “discernment blogger” (remember, I had a blog before this one), I find myself asking that question. This reevaluation comes primarily as a result of reading Erin Benziger’s May 24 essay, But Please, Don’t Call Me A Discernment Blogger, an article which has forced me to think through my subject matter and my motives in selecting that subject matter.
In many respects, I praise the Lord for Erin’s blog post because it shifted my focus back to Him. As she said, controversy sells, and I learned early in my blogging career that putting Beth Moore’s name in a title always did wonders for my stats. Writing Bible Studies, not so much. So yes, the Lord used Erin’s article to correct me. Through it, He reminded me that my blog is about pointing women to Him.
Additionally, I respect Erin, both as a blogger and as a godly woman. She’s been influential in leading me to solid Biblical teaching, for which I’m eternally grateful. Literally. I recommend her blog, Do Not Be Surprised and her podcast, Equipping Eve, wholeheartedly.
But I’ve realized lately that I don’t have to define The Outspoken TULIP by Erin’s standards. While the Lord certainly used her essay to bring me necessary conviction, He never meant for me to agree with every jot and tittle that comes from her keyboard. As I believe she’d readily admit, she’s as fallible as I am, and she wouldn’t want me to be her lap dog.
My point is that, since reading But Please, Don’t Call Me A Discernment Blogger, I’ve felt fearful of addressing the very issues that I created The Outspoken TULIP to address. Okay, I agree that there’s probably not much left to say about Beth Moore or Rick Warren. They’ve pretty much exposed themselves as false teachers, and the people in my life who follow them have written me off anyway. Further posts about them would only waste my time.
There are, however, topics that really do require continued coverage because few bloggers have written about them. At least, they haven’t written as fully and exhaustively as they have about Beth Moore and Rick Warren. Those topics include (in no particular order) psychology, Charismatic theology, so-called Holy Yoga, contemplative prayer and reading Scripture out of context. There are others. And even though I’ve written about those matters quite a bit, I haven’t said everything I want to say.
These issues have touched my life directly, as my autobiographical posts should have demonstrated. Because of my personal interactions with these doctrinal aberrations, I believe I can write about them from a fresh perspective rather than simply regurgitating the thoughts of other bloggers. Consequently, I just might actually bring something valuable to the table.
Does all this mean I’m turning The Outspoken TULIP into a discernment blog? Not exactly. I will write about trends and false teachings more than I have since May, but I also intend to continue writing Bible Studies, posts about the Reformation and essays on living faithfully as persecution approaches. Most importantly, I intend to write for the honor of the Lord Jesus Christ.
And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. 2 For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3 And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, 4 and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. ~~1 Corinthians 2:1-5 (ESV)