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Pride Goes Before a Fall and Ego Before Foolish Blather

Scott on December 8, 2006 at 11:23 pm

Just when I thought “Reverend” Ken over at SLICE/Apprising Ministries had reached the pinnacle of making a foolish/spiritual spectacle of himself, he went “one louder” today and turned his “spiritual pride and ego amp” up to Eleven (if you haven’t seen This is Spinal Tap, don’t try making sense of that last analogy).

First of all, Ken opens his latest letter with a quote from Proverbs…

“Listen, for I have worthy things to say; I open my lips to speak what is right. My mouth speaks what is true, for my lips detest wickedness. All the words of my mouth are just; none of them is crooked or perverse. To the discerning all of them are right; they are faultless to those who have knowledge.” (Proverbs 8:6-9)

So, right off the bat the “Reverend” has used Proverbs to remind us that he has worthy things to say, what he says is right, he speaks what is truth, none of his words are crooked or perverse, and everything he says is right and faultless.

Ken seems to have ignored the idea that this passage of Proverbs is presenting Wisdom as having a voice and speaking to those who would listen. It is a poetic use of personification. It ISN”T a passage that Ken gets to apply to himself. I know that Ken believes that his words are wisdom on par with Scripture, but that isn’t how this thing works. Sorry, Ken, but when it says “My mouth speaks what is true…All the words of my mouth are just To the discerning all of them are right they are faultless to those who have knowledge…” it ISN’T talking about you or your ideas. This is WISDOM talking, as in GOD’S Wisdom. Not Ken’s. God’s. Do you see and/or understand the difference?

You have to read his entire piece to get the full flavor of the amazing lack of humility and the breath-taking amount of spiritual pride that this guy is holding onto, but just to give you a taste, at one point in his article he says:

“…the fact is that not everyone is called to be a pastor-teacher. I’m the first to say take up your Bible and test what I say, but even the Bereans of Acts 17:11 then submitted themselves to the authority of the Word they were taught.
Yet today in arrogant America almost no one thinks anything of simply dismissing the teachings of elders and pastors Christ has sent forth. Let’s take the issue of Dr. John Macarthur, whom I mentioned earlier, as one quick example. Dr. Macarthur has been placed by the Lord Himself into a prominent position within the Body of Christ. And even though I am a pastor-teacher myself I wouldn’t even dream of saying to him the kinds of things people say to me on a daily basis…”

A regular criticism that is made about/against Ken is that during exchanges he frequently attempts to assert himself as someone of spiritual authority who has been appointed by God and who’s opinion should be listened to and/or given more weight than others because of the position he believes he holds. He has been caught red handed on several occasions on this blog and others trying to use the words of Christ when He is speaking about himself and then trying to apply the same quote to himself. The “Reverend” Ken holds a HEAVILY authoritarian view of the Christian faith which places he and a few other that he agrees with or that agree with him at the top of the power structure just below the Trinity, John Macarthur, Walter Martin, and A.W. Tozer. In short, failure to agree with and/or comply with “Reverend” Ken and his approved list of authorities relegates dissenters to the outer darkness.

Another common criticism/observation made about Ken is that, though he says that he welcomes people to be Berean in their faith and test his words and teachings, when it comes down to it and he is presented with substantial arguments and very serious/grave charges against him that impeach his credibility and veracity as a pastor/teacher, he refuses to engage. Instead he simply begins a predictable pattern of name calling and claiming that those who disagree with him are interpreting Scripture incorrectly while he has the correct interpretation.

So much for the whole Berean thing.

I’ve never been able to understand why it is that Ken feels that his opinions as a pastor/teacher carry more weight than the opinions of the many (100′s or even 1000′s of) pastors and mature, well-studied, disciplined believers across the nation and around the world that disagree with him and his teachings by either: a) actually disagreeing with him directly -or- b) disagreeing with him in practice by being a part of the Seeker Sensitive/Emergent Church movements? Ken is quick to downplay the importance of his SBC ordination, but he is the first one to point it out when he doesn’t think that he is being given enough respect. I guess that in his mind, he is the Rodney Dangerfield of the blogosphere No Respect!

In an almost laughable twist, Ken says that he wouldn’t dream of saying the things to John Macarthur that people say to him on a daily basis…and yet he also says VERY offensive things to and about fellow believers and pastors on a daily basis and thinks nothing of it. Why is it that he can do that without a second thought, but he wouldn’t consider voicing a strong dissent against something that Dr. Macarthur might be teaching -and- why is it that he is so tremendously offended when others turn the tables and do the same thing to him that he does regularly to others?

I would present this proposition: Ken is offended by others who challenge him because he is convinced of the “rightness” of his beliefs and the “wrongness” of theirs. He believes that he is called to pass judgment on others, but that judgments about him are off-limits and are a challenge against one of God’s chosen. Where Ken goes off-kilter is that he assumes that because people disagree with him, they must be misled, apostate, walking in darkness, etc. He never considers the possibility that there can be differences of opinion on matters related to the Church of Christ without one side or the other being in league with the devil.

I know that it offends you to have someone say it, Ken, but you are wrong. You are a brother in Christ and someday we’ll stand together in Heaven. But now on earth in 2006 you’re wrong.

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