Have you ever been warned by an acquaintance or a friend or a family member against associating with someone who is supposedly unsavoury or detrimental to your well-being? Isn't it natural for you to ask,"Why? What is wrong with that person?"? Would you be satisfied if the reply to you was "Don't ask. There's just something very wrong with that person." or "You should find out for yourself."?
Yesterday, I was reading an article by a friend (let's call him S) on Facebook, and in one of the comments, S was warned by another friend (let's call him, T) to be careful of Andrew Wommack Ministries because "when you really delve into his teachings..they are off" and T added that this is "just a warning that is all in love".
I have read Andrew Wommack's book "A Better Way To Pray" and listened to a few sermon series downloaded from his website, and so far I find his teachings biblically sound and consistent. Hence, I asked T which of and in what way Andrew Wommack's teachings are "off" but all I got was this non-reply: "That is the beauty of having God's Spirit as our teacher...He teaches us truth from error...go check out his home page and that should help you find all the answers you need my friend..."
Did T answer my question? I asked him for the basis of his claim that Andrew Wommack's teachings are "off" and he asked me to check it out myself. Let me say that I am really angry at this type of people who make accusations without backing them up with relevant evidence and arguments.
Many times, I have heard Christians who are not from NCC make claims that Pastor Prince's teachings are wrong but they do not or cannot pinpoint which portion of Pastor Prince's teachings are wrong and back up their claims with scripture and arguments. Often, they just make motherhood statements like "Be careful of NCC, their pastor preach a prosperity gospel" or "Pastor Prince encourages sin because he preach that we do not need the 10 commandments".
The irony is that many of these people have NOT heard Pastor Prince preach before or read his books. They based their impression on what they heard other people say about what Pastor Prince preached, and those other people also did not listen to Pastor Prince's sermons but heard from others.
It is perfectly fine for people to disagree with what preachers are preaching BUT it is only fair that they listen to their sermons for themselves and then decide for themselves instead of jumping to conclusions based on hearsay. If anyone wishes to publicly say that a certain preacher is wrong, then to be fair to that preacher, he should also publicly state his basis for that conclusion. It is not enough to say that it is "just a warning that is all in love" to a friend.
In John 9, we see that Jesus healed a man who was born blind and the Pharisees investigating this healing refused to accept the previously blind man's testimony that Jesus healed him. They even told the healed man that Jesus was not the one who healed him: "Give glory to God. We know this man is a sinner. We know that God spoke to Moses, but as for this fellow, we don't even know where he comes from." (John 9:24, 29)
All the Pharisees did was to hurl accusations at Jesus without backing up with any proof. Their statements were so shallow that even an unlearned person like the healed man can rebut them: "Now that is remarkable! You don't know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes. We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly man who does his will. Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind. If this man were not from God, he could do nothing." (John 9: 30-33)
It seems that the likes of these Pharisees are still around today.