THOSE THAT SEEM TO BE SOMEWHAT
Gal.2: 6 But of these who seemed to be somewhat, (whatsoever they were, it maketh no matter to me: God accepteth no man's person:) for they who seemed to be somewhat in conference added nothing to me:
In certain ecclesiastical circles they hold conferences as do most circles, but during the conference they have a handful of men sit on the platform and field prepared questions read by the moderator. Then each man speaks as if he is “ek cathedra” and the audience takes his words, his opinions, as inspired by God. I abhor such a spectacle. It elevates men to the “inspired class” and sets them up on doctrinal pedestals. And many times, if not most, it is a redundant rehashing of the charismatic or word of faith errors. And they even put forward the God accepted style of music as they/God sees it.I have watched and listened to many such Q & A sessions which are mostly from the orthodox wing and mostly from the reformed wing of the orthodox wing, and I have yet to see anyone openly admit their own struggles and shortcoming. I have yet to hear that they went through dry spells or that they were unsure as to the meaning of a certain passage of Scripture. I have never heard one of them share a personal experience in prayer which melted their hearts and brought them to an unexpected state of brokenness and repentance.
They often speak of repentance in the doctrinal abstract and insist it is part of the gospel, but why do they not share some deep personal repentance of their own even after they were saved or even while they pastored? I have yet to see any tangible emotion probably because they eschew emotion as it pertains to the faith. And as they go doctrinally skeet shooting with such large and easy targets, they do not seem to address the dire need of spiritual awakening among their own select community of faith.
All in all it is presented as the authoritative council who know Greek and Hebrew and who can rightly divide the Word and are sharing the Holy Grail with others. It is doctrinal humanism at its finest, and even if they are accurate in certain areas of doctrine, without personal and collective humility it becomes an award ceremony for the ecclesiastical Bourgeoisie accompanied by the requisite books and Cds and tapes.