Matthew 15:14 Let them alone; they are blind guides. And if a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.”
I’ve already ranted about Riplinger, and about Ruckman. I should also comment on Pearl.
I’m often amazed that Independent Baptists seem to wholesale accept Michael Pearl. I suppose it keeps someone else from having to write something about Modesty.
Myself, I don’t think we need to have an in-depth 200-page book on Modesty. Men and Women both know what modesty is. All you have to do is have a brief talk with someone in the Church about modest dress. Just a quick word of “This is a church, the house of God. Would you mind dressing modestly when you’re in here?” That should do it.
If they still don’t get it, detail someone to explain it nicely and in love.
I wonder – how many people support Pearl, without really thinking about what he teaches? I consider it way overboard, myself. I heard a little of it and rejected it immediately as, “that’s a little bit overboard, I think.” Well, more than a little overboard. Way off.
David Cloud raised some issues with Michael Pearl. I could raise more. I think the whole “women shouldn’t be friends with other women” thing is cultish, to say the least. And encouraging beating children with any object… In many States that is considered child abuse. Your hand applied to their backside, hard enough to sting is enough to get the idea across. There’s no need to go any farther than that.
Pearl also raises the family to a level above the Local Church. That’s a definite violation of God’s given order and plan. God ordered and ordained the Local Church as His method, for Christians to assemble one with another, for the edification of the saints, for the worship of God, and for evangelistic outreach. Forgive me if I’m wrong, but there’s precious few home churches that even begin to resemble the model presented in Acts. Your family group does not evangelize people to come to your home and be instructed, to grow through education in God’s Word, and through discipleship with an older Christian. That’s the Local church model. And the head of the Church is Jesus Christ, and under Him is the Elder that Christ has ordained and called to that office, of minister to the local Church. The husband in the family is head of that family – but is not ordained and called by Christ to the office of minister automatically.
Pearl seems to think this is the exact model, from what I gather. In addition, Pearl believes that tithe is not a New Testament institution, which possibly indicates a rebellious spirit. The Tithe belongs to God. Yet you never hear Independent Baptist Pastors criticizing Pearl’s unBiblical view on this. Nor his Methodist style “entire sanctification” stand. That’s Pearl’s belief that Christians do not sin. I have to wonder if Pearl is reading the same New Testament that I am?
If you’re recommending Pearl’s writings to your congregation, be aware – you’re implying assent and consent to EVERYTHING in these books – and his newsletter-magazines as well. The only sure way is to provide the books for the congregation, complete with some kind of insert that explains, “We have problems with what’s written on pages…”
Instead of just blindly advocating someone based upon your agreement on something they wrote one chapter on, tell people you agree with parts of their writings. Or Chapter 6 of their book blah blah, but you disagree with the rest wholeheartedly. Your congregation will understand!
Or better yet, everything that can be said on modesty can be written in a brief paper. Write one yourself without plagiarizing someone. Spend a little time and write something yourself. That way, you won’t end up with problems later.