Crosswalk.com recently posted a particular article twice within a 33-hour period this past weekend (December 8-9). The article was a “top 20” list (in slideshow format) of “Christians” one should follow on social media. The article’s specific date is unknown. However, it caused an uproar pretty recently (more on that later).
In a nutshell, Crosswalk.com BOMBED this list; false teachers (NOT Christians) dominated this list. The following is the list, from 1-20.
- Beth Moore, a devout narcigete and false teacher
- Steven Furtick, another narcigete and false teacher who, among other things (“Hey Haters” video, anyone?), has manipulated God’s Word for money
- Lysa TerKeurst, whose pastor is (or perhaps was) the aforementioned Furtick. She is also someone you “shouldn’t be following.”
- Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham
- Max Lucado, someone who engages in ecumenism, which is bad.
- Judah Smith, a false teacher
- Joyce Meyer, a Word-Faith heretic and false teacher
- Andy Stanley, a false teacher who has tried to discredit the Bible on multiple occasions
- Rick Warren, a false teacher
- Jen Hatmaker, someone with an unbiblical stance on homosexuality.
- Tim Keller
- Candace Cameron Bure
- Levi Lusko, a heretical Word-Faith preacher, false teacher and friend of the aforementioned Furtick (see my post on Lusko here)
- Joel Osteen, a Word-Faith false teacher
- Sadie Robertson
- John Piper, a person who has associated himself with such false teachers as Louie Giglio and the aforementioned Moore and Warren
- Shauna Niequist, daughter of the false teacher Bill Hybels, a guy who both turns “his back on same-sex issues” and “disobeys God’s Word flagrantly” (start at the 1:07:14 mark of this episode to see how). Niequist’s family also has “zero discernment.”
- Christine Caine, a false teacher who also promotes and endorses heretics
- Brian Houston, a “pastor” who, aside from being a false teacher, covered up his dad’s sexual abuse crimes
Naturally, an uproar happened. One can simply peruse the “comments” section from either posting (December 8th at 12:02PM PST or December 9th at 8:53PM, both Pacific Standard time) to see the chaos. Many were upset at the presence of false teachers on the list (i.e., Moore, Furtick, Meyer, Osteen, Stanley, etc.). Others thought the list was ok. Finally, some were upset at the amount of judgment being passed. Out of my anger (I’m angry over the fact some non-discerning Christians will probably gobble Crosswalk.com’s article up like it’s the greatest thing ever when it is far from it), I commented with a couple profile posts I have done on a couple of these false teachers. I am hoping someone will both read the articles and do the comparative work. The website has not deleted the comments….yet.
The point of my post is not to replace each of the 20. In fact, this whole concept of “top 20 Christians you should follow on social media” is simply a waste of time. As a result, it should get scrapped. Unfortunately, I do not expect Crosswalk.com to do such a thing. After all, why would it do such a thing if it has no problem placing a plethora of false teachers on a ridiculous “top 20” list?
There is only one person worth following; His name is Jesus Christ. He is the Savior of the world, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Isaiah 43:11; John 1:29; Acts 10:36; Philippians 2:11; Revelation 17:14; 1 Timothy 1:15). He is the only way by which mankind may be saved (Acts 4:12; Isaiah 43:11; John 14:6). Instead of following people (Christians, false teachers or otherwise) on social media, it is far better to follow Jesus Christ in the Holy Scriptures, the Bible, which is completely inspired of God, all-profitable, all-true, living and active, and the same yesterday, today and forever, among other great things (2 Timothy 3:16-17; Numbers 23:19; Hebrews 4:12, 13:8; John 8:32, 17:17; Psalm 19:7-9; 119:9, 11, 15, 104; Ephesians 5:26; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; James 1:21; 1 Peter 1:22). God speaks to us through His Son, Jesus Christ (Hebrews 1:1-3). Crosswalk.com’s list gets the eyes off of Jesus and onto (in most cases on that list) wolves who devour the sheep (or simply someone else, which isn’t as bad, but still is not desirable). This is not a good thing.
If you’re looking for inspiration and Godly direction, look to God’s perfect Word. Jesus Christ alone is who we should be following. Anything that takes the eyes off of Jesus and onto something else (i.e., false teachers, imperfect Christians, bogus articles that call false teachers Christians, etc.) is not something worth following. Forget lists. Focus on Jesus Christ and His all-powerful Word.