Hobby Horses, Copy Cats And Blogging My Convictions

Lady's BibleWhat’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. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. ~~1 Corinthians 2:1-5 (ESV)

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2 thoughts on “Hobby Horses, Copy Cats And Blogging My Convictions

  1. I enjoyed reading this post. I agree that Rick Warren and Beth Moore posts (especially Moore…) are now crossed over into beating a dead horse territory. There are so many wonderful, in depth blog posts and articles floating around the internet, that anyone truly interested in discernment regarding those two can simply google them and an abundance of relevant articles will come up.

    I recently had to stop reading a blog – which was very hard for me – because there was an article dissecting yet another Beth Moore something or other, and it just seemed so mean spirited and pointless to me (meaning it added nothing necessary to the conversation) that I realized I was just reading gossip. Yes – it may have been true, but it was ultimately pointless. I am no fan of Mrs. Moore (or similar “bible teachers”) and I agree that there should be informative articles about their false teachings….but let’s not waste our time dissecting everything that comes from her mouth (or twitter account).

    Honestly, that only serves to turn off followers of Moore (and the like) when we come across as jerks who feel the need to comment on (nearly literally) every public word that comes out of her mouth. I think a few articulate and honest articles showing her works against God’s Word would be much more swaying!

    I don’t read secular entertainment news. I used to be very into all that celebrity gossip years ago, unsaved, and I stay away from it now. I realized that I was reading a lot of discernment blogs as if they were Christian celebrity gossip sites….because ultimately, that is what MANY are. Some people do post lovely articles in the mix of all that, but apparently my mind is just too bent to skip the majority of the good posts and dig for the dirt! That’s a problem within me, of course…but clearly since you say more people read your Beth Moore posts that your Bible posts – I’m not the only one with the problem!

    You are one of the bloggers I’ve decided to continue reading. While you’ve posted discernment articles, your tone is very gracious, humble, and I don’t see you beating any dead horses! I also thoroughly enjoyed your biography with a purpose…and was sad to see it come to an end!

    If you read this whole post, thanks! And thank you for the articles and godly encouragement!


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