Questioning the Pearls – Too Hard on Others?

QuestioningthePearlsFor well over a year we’ve been running a second Answering ‘Preparing To Be A Help Meet’ on Sundays, filled with questions by young ladies trying to get ready for marriage. Since we’ve run through many of the questions on their site it’s time to shift Sundays to something else, like perhaps examining the cornucopia of probably fake emails and questions that Michael and Debi Pearl of No Greater Joy post on their website and the possibly poisonous answers they give.

Question and answer here:

The question:

As you can tell from my above statements we have been blessed and have found IMMEASURABLE good in the materials that you write. However (my question), I feel that in your writings, you often say things in a way that comes across very harsh. I appreciate your being clear and direct, but I disagree and do not understand when your anger/disgust seems not to be just for the sin, but for the sinner as well. Jesus tells us to speak the truth in love (Eph 4:15). I know that you know His word very well, so I was wondering what you thought about that verse? I feel able to take the immense amount of good from your materials and overlook the harshness that I feel is inappropriate, but what saddens me is that I do not feel as free to share it with others as I would like to, because many are not able to overlook these things. I know you are a very busy man, but I would greatly appreciate hearing your response if you are able. Thank you so much.

Michael’s answer:

If my personal manner of communicating were like James Dobson’s, there would be no need for my ministry. I am an ordinary man who speaks my heart to ordinary men and women. I do not seek popularity.

Sin disgusts me, as it should any Christian, and I make that fact known in a small measure. We live in a day when the church normalizes sin by responding to it “in love and understanding.” This was not Jesus’ response. While he was preaching, he called those “religious” leaders who heard him fools, blind, liars, hypocrites, whited sepulchers full of dead men’s bones, blind guides, serpents, a generation of vipers, and he advised them that they were of their father the Devil and were doing his will, and that they could not escape the damnation of hell (John 8:44, 55; Matthew 23 :13-33). I feel like a compromising pantywaist compared to him. If you have been offended again, you should listen to my taped message, When Forgiveness is a Sin.


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