Ethics: Friend Called to Online Discernment Ministry

What would you do Wednesday!

A friend and fellow church member comes to you with a ministry idea. He recently spent quite a bit of time studying church history and apologetics. Believing God gifted him with discernment, he decides to start an online discernment ministry so he can use this gift.

He wants to be known for standing up for and promoting truth! However, you have concerns from knowing him for several years and observing his Facebook interactions. You ask if he is the humility, temperament, and biblical grounds to start such a ministry. You also ask what he will do when certain situations are local church issues.

He says, “Look, God has given me discernment and I’m going to use it to help the universal body of Christ! Sure, some things are local church issues, but they still need to be pointed out. And sometimes the people involved in those local issues need to be confronted. Social media is a great way to confront heresy, poor teaching, sin, and such because it offers direct contact with a huge audience. I’m ready to take on the unrepentant sinners and offer biblical correction to all who need it.”

He pauses for a moment, “And I might begin my first campaign with you as an example of someone trying to stop me doing this important task for the church.”

What would you do?

  • Support him and offer encouragement along the way.
  • Wish him well and slowing distance yourself.
  • Ask him to meet with your pastor(s) about this venture.
  • Start a competing ministry correcting his “corrections.”
  • Or…

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1 nickvahalik February 25, 2015 at 4:20 pm

If he is going to engage in ministry, people are going to rightly (or at least should) ask where this guy is a member and under whose authority he sits. Ergo, I’d involve the pastor if I couldn’t reason with him or dissuade him.


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