Reformed Theology Is "polemics" a valid ministry?  Calvinism

Is “polemics” a valid ministry?

Reformed Theology Is "polemics" a valid ministry?  Calvinism
Is “polemics” a valid ministry?

I had been meaning to ask this question, and some talk about Pulpit & Pen in the other thread reminded me about it. I appreciate some of the things I have learned from P&P articles, but if I'm going to be honest, sometimes I wonder if they are even regenerate, given the huge amount of vitriol in their posts. I have NO issues with publicly denouncing false teaching or false teachers. I have suffered as a result of hearing false doctrine, and I have family members that continue to do so. I fully believe the Bible commends public rebuke and correction of false teaching by those who claim to be followers of Christ. But is this the same thing as the "polemics ministry" seen at places like P&P?

I'm a regular listener to Chris Rosebrough's "Fighting for the Faith" podcast. Chris has been a real blessing to my detoxing from neocharismaticism. I know he speaks well of the P&P folks, but his approach seems very different. He tells it like it is and does laugh and mock at times, but his work seems more focused on identifying how people twist the Bible, and teaching what the passages actually say, rather than making harsh or uncharitable judgments about individuals. He might go so far as to say that a particular teaching is "demonic", or that an egregiously false prophet is a messenger from the devil rather than from God, but he makes statements like that in contexts in which they're appropriate. I don't think he would make that comment about someone like Russell Moore. -_-

Anyway, just curious about your thoughts.

I had been meaning to ask this question, and some talk about Pulpit & Pen in the other thread reminded me about it. I appreciate some of the things I have learned from P&P articles, but if I’m going to be honest, sometimes I wonder if they are even regenerate, given the huge amount of vitriol in their posts. I have NO issues with publicly denouncing false teaching or false teachers. I have suffered as a result of hearing false doctrine, and I have family members that continue to do so. I fully believe the Bible commends public rebuke and correction of false teaching by those who claim to be followers of Christ. But is this the same thing as the “polemics ministry” seen at places like P&P?I’m a regular listener to Chris Rosebrough’s “Fighting for the Faith” podcast. Chris has been a real blessing to my detoxing from neocharismaticism. I know he speaks well of the P&P folks, but his approach seems very different. He tells it like it is and does laugh and mock at times, but his work seems more focused on identifying how people twist the Bible, and teaching what the passages actually say, rather than making harsh or uncharitable judgments about individuals. He might go so far as to say that a particular teaching is “demonic”, or that an egregiously false prophet is a messenger from the devil rather than from God, but he makes statements like that in contexts in which they’re appropriate. I don’t think he would make that comment about someone like Russell Moore. -_-Anyway, just curious about your thoughts.
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