Lessons From Hunting (Heretics)

So, Tom Ascol wrote that Matthew Hall told him on the phone that he didn’t believe in or affirm Critical Race Theory.

And then you had all the cultural marxists, the critical race theorists, the closet socialists, the Frankfurt School folks at The Gospel Coalition, and all of the acolytes go: “See, he explicitly denies being a Critical Race Theorist. You guys need to apologize for your slander.”

I don’t know if any of you have read a history book from the 20th century, but McCarthyism was a thing and it was necessary because Marxism is designed to be a subversive doctrine.

But let me give you a little lesson from hunting.

Bow season starts tomorrow. I’m going to be out in just a few minutes scouting deer. I’m wearing camouflage. I’m going to be hiding up in some trees and behind boulders, and I’m going to be sneaking up on the deer. You know why? Because they’re flighty, and I want to stab one tomorrow with an arrow.

And so I’m not going to jump out and advertise myself: “Hey! It’s a human being in the woods!” I’m going to try to sneak up on them. 

The Scripture says that’s how heretics do it. 

If you read the Apostles, you see that the Apostle Paul refers to false teachers who “came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage” (Galatians 2:4).

We’re told not to be taken captive by hollow and deceptive philosophy and empty deceit (Colossians 2:8). People sneak in “destructive heresies” (2 Peter 2:1). They don’t acknowledge it. They don’t admit it. Whether it’s Marxism or Montanism, the tactic is the same.

Guess what? Benny Hinn says he doesn’t teach the prosperity gospel anymore. TD Jakes says he’s a trinitarian. Michael Brown says he believes in the sufficiency of Scripture. And yet, we’re not supposed to take their word for it.

Karen Swallow Prior says she’s not gay-affirming.Jonathan Merritt says he’s not gay. Timothy Keller says he’s not a Marxist. Matthew Hall says that he doesn’t uphold Critical Race Theory. And yet he teaches it. 

We’ve seen it and heard it with our own ears. We look at Critical Race Theory and we look at what Matthew Hall says and we go: “Bingo! That’s what that is… That is exactly what that is.”

You see, when you’re hunting, you wear camouflage.

Marxists understand it. Heretics understand it.

One time I sent an email to LifeWay and I said: “Can you explain to me why you’re selling TD Jakes books when he’s, you know, a prosperity gospel anti-trinitarian heretic?” I got an email back and it said, “Dear Pastor Hall, we’re pleased to inform you that we asked Dr. Jakes if he’s a heretic, and he assured us that he was not.”

So just learn the lesson: You can’t ask the wolf. You can’t say: “Hey, uh, wolf over there: Are you a wolf?” Is the wolf going to howl? No. The wolf is going to bleat like a sheep. 

Looks like a wolf. Acts like a wolf. That’s a wolf.

When we’re dealing with subversive doctrines in Christianity—Marxism, Critical Race Theory, Identity Politics, etc.—we’re not dealing with well-minded-yet-misled brothers. We’re dealing with those who sneak into the church to spy it out—to sneak in destructive heresies.

Figure it out. 

[Editor’s Note: Contributed by Cody Libolt, as adapted from a video by JD Hall.]