I get a lot of positive feedback, primarily on my YouTube channel, bloggers seem to be less responsive. But every now and then I get that dyed-in-the-wool responder who I can just tell has no grounding for their belief, but they want to tell you that you are wrong, and it almost always comes out as ‘You are just bitter’.
Interesting, that no matter how good of a smile you put on, how polite and respectful you say ‘I disagree’, no matter the Biblical or historical facts you provide, simply disagreeing is being bitter. This is the mark of a system known as Legalism. Either you agree with it, or you are bitter, angry and leading people astray.
I’ve seen some bitter people in Church. I’m sure we all have. That person who wants a position or feels they deserve a position and chooses to leave a church because they don’t get it. But that is a very different story than disagreeing and questioning church doctrine.
I saw a great saying the other day that I want to change one word on;
“If you want to find out who controls you, find out who you aren’t allowed to question (criticize).”
Ironically, when it comes to your faith, Scripture explicitly teaches you to have a questioning spirit. Not in bitterness but in seeking the truth. You are not supposed to trust religious (or any other kind) leaders without question. There must come a day when you are able to say, I don’t see that in Scripture and I can’t agree with it.
Beloved, do not believe every spirit [speaking through a self-proclaimed prophet]; instead test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets and teachers have gone out into the world. – 1 John 4:1
This spawned from my series called One Flaw of the Oneness Pentecostal Church on my YouTube channel. So, if you are a died-in-the-wool Oneness Pentecostal, this will, of course, make you stick your tongue out like the featured image of this post, unless you are a curious and open-minded person.
On my video, Women Wearing Pants? One Flaw of the Oneness Pentecostal Church, a single negative response came in that said: “You are just bitter”. (I’d link the video but the mall WiFi won’t let me go to YouTube) This comment, of course, came with no positive “Look at this evidence to see if perhaps what you are saying is wrong.”
This reminds me of the Pastor from Arkansas who responded to my video about leaving Pentecostalism with the comment, “Don’t let the door hit you’. Real constructive and it leads me pondering – who is the bitter one here?
Where would we be if no one had disagreed with Church Doctrine?
The irony shouldn’t be lost on us – we would all be Roman Catholics if people like Martin Luther and John Calvin didn’t start questioning the doctrines of the church and saying something isn’t right about this.
What is different of course is when the doctrines you believe are being questioned. However, the real root of bitterness (personal opinion) can be found in Pharisaical dogma. That is to say, man-made doctrines (Mark 7:7) are created to build a platform of power and hierarchical control for people in positions of authority. There is rarely true Scriptural support for these doctrines and dogmas – they are normally assumed or completely constructed beliefs. And when they are questioned? All hell breaks loose.
For instance, in my video Women Wearing Pants, refuting the teaching within the Oneness Pentecostal (United Pentecostal/Holiness) movement I showed clear historical and Biblical evidence that the standards of dress for the Jewish people and New Testament Christians was entirely cultural, tempered with the real Scriptural principle of modesty. This is because the Oneness Pentecostal (holiness) movement teaches that women wearing pants are violating scripture (like Deuteronomy 22:5) and will not enter heaven.
LIke Martin Luther, irate over the Roman Catholic church over creating a ‘works for salvation’ or ‘pay to win’ system, I am writing against a system that tells people they have to perform, dress and behave in certain ways in order to retain a relationship with God. It is no different. And thankfully, after people spoke up, things changed.
Now I’m not claiming to be a Luther, and I’m certainly not bitter but may call me angry if you wish – angry that young people are being destroyed by this system, creating rebellious and angry youth due to being oppressed and starved of life. I’m angry at families being torn apart by religious, pharisaical lunacy, where children would turn on their parents, and parents would turn on their children over extra-Biblical and non-foundational dogmas.
These things I have written to you with reference to those who are trying to deceive you [seducing you and leading you away from the truth and sound doctrine]. As for you, the anointing [the special gift, the preparation] which you received from Him remains [permanently] in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you. But just as His anointing teaches you [giving you insight through the presence of the Holy Spirit] about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as His anointing has taught you, [c]you must remain in Him [being rooted in Him, knit to Him]. – 1 John 2:26,27 AMP
You Are Not Bitter – Keep Speaking Up!
Another man left a comment on my YouTube channel saying,
“Keep this up young man, you may just start a much-needed revolution.”
Pentecostalism is a cult, plain and simple.
Prior to 1900, this whole cult/movement didn’t even exist.
I remember telling a pentecostal guy once who used to badger me at work,…what about their founder Charles Parham being arrested in San Antonio for homosexual pedophelia. (I was thinking to myself, can a guy so twisted be the messenger of God’s true moving)?
And his response was that he was surprised that I knew about Parham, (meaning his wickedness).
Never did he question the movement that he was in.
Just being around that guy agitated my spirit.
He would lie (saying he would attend my church) to bait me to come to his “church,” and he would constantly show arrogance in his perceived ability to keep the 10 commandments.
Ultimately, I had to block all contact from him.
Just having a discussion with him was awful.
And it’s great to hear from you Ralph!
Lord bless you buddy.
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I agree with your assessment of the movement Lee, and often those who seek to defend their system are very aggressive and believe that the ends justify the means.
Not only was Parham a reported homosexual pedophile, he was a verified KKK member and Free Mason. Amazing combination for the leader of the supposed ‘Only real church on the earth’.
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Boy, this is an older post… but amazing how I still discovered it. Great topic though; what I call the “Pharisaical Oneness Legalism” movement.
I was actually saved magnificently by Jesus Christ in a Oneness Pentecostal church in El Sorbrante Ca. the summer of 1980. After about 2 years I started questioning a LOT of things I didn’t see in my studies and received the proverbial reprimand and lectures.
Well, long story short, after devouring all the Oneness Pharisaical Legalistic doctrine and dogma I could manage to gorge on for 35 years… I realized the Bible actually said things much differently when I just studied the bible and the Words of Jesus, other than the programmed Raggio and Bernard dogma we were told to believe and only say it exactly they way they said to say it and believe, or we would be anathema and die in our sins and go to a flaming HELL for all eternity. (Much more on that subject)
So, about ten years ago or so my Wife and I have finally removed ourselves from the pharisaical, legalistic, cult… and have great liberty in the Holy Spirit, and many other things in True doctrine. But when one comes out of the Pharisaical Oneness Legalism movement, you must be cautious to not let the pendulum swing to much into the other direction of liberty extremes either, (Which I’ve seen the terrible abuse of Grace as well) doctrine.
Many things to discuss in this thread for sure… God Bless brother for your courage. Keep up the fight for Truth in the Spirit of God.