Monday, June 8, 2009

Naming Names

As pastors, one of our important obligations is to seek to guard the flock by warning against false teaching and false teachers (cp. Matt. 7:15ff.; Acts 20:25-32; the Pastoral Epistles; John's Epistles; Jude 3-4, etc.).

To do this effectively, one approach would be to single out contemporary teachers who, in my judgment, are so substantially unreliable in what they teach that whatever their worthwhile content, it is so greatly outweighed by the 'chaff' that they do more harm than good (e.g., Joel Osteen, Brian McLaren,...).

But there is another approach, and that is to call attention to Christian teachers, pastors, authors, theologians who are consistently and reliably faithful and edifying in their teaching of God's truth. So that's what I want to do in this post. The list won't be exhaustive, but my point is that if you learn from people like these, I think you will learn all you need to know about authentic Christianity...

Jerry Bridges
D.A. Carson
Charles Colson
Mark Dever
Kevin DeYoung
Mark Driscoll
Elisabeth Elliott
Sinclair Ferguson
Billy Graham
Wayne Grudem
Michael Horton
Tim Keller
R. Albert Mohler
J.I. Packer
John Piper
David Powlison
R.C. Sproul
John Stott
Joseph Stowell III
Tullian Tchividjian
Paul Tripp
David Wells
Michael Wittmer

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