Question: I’m very troubled every time I get an email from the Berean Call. Your opinion of the interview/event/article is never mentioned at the beginning of the email so we never know from what angle it is presented to us. Take, for example, the Daily Update regarding the Catholics trying to globalize the entire Christian world. That is bad. The pope has been an antichrist from the onset. Where’s the Berean Call’s statement thereof? It doesn’t show up until after all the liars are quoted and their wonderful adjectives and superlatives are presented to the reader. I am troubled because I see the Berean Call slipping away from true biblical Christianity. I may be unsubscribing soon, but I will wait to see how you respond.
Response: We do know that whenever we excerpt an article from another source, there is the danger that the information will be misunderstood. One of the principles that we have operated under from the very beginning of this ministry is that we are not seeking to become the “Bible Answer Men” for people but rather to “exhort believers to give greater heed to biblical discernment and truth regarding teachings and practices being currently promoted in the church.”
In short, if we have taught people to ask “what does the Berean Call say?” we have in essence failed by encouraging them to lean upon us and not upon the Scriptures. Nevertheless, our stand against the errors of Catholicism and our concern for evangelicals who are being led astray by ecumenicalism have never changed. We are troubled by your statements, particularly when we state very clearly at the end of the excerpt that you mentioned: “TBC: Rome has consistently stated that it has never changed. Consequently, only the ‘evangelicals’ have compromised their position. In the hope of sharing ‘love’ to a ‘hurting world,’ we must first of all share the biblical gospel—something denied by Catholicism with its gospel of works.”
It is also difficult to respond to statements such as “I’m very troubled every time I get an email from the Berean Call.” Every time? Or, “Where’s the Berean Call’s statement?” Well, it is there. We always appreciated Dave’s refusal to tell people what to think. The world tells people what to think, but we are not of the world. Dave wrote quite clearly about his position on many issues; on others, he has not. He didn’t want to be anyone’s “spiritual guru,” and our aim is definitely to help individual believers grow in personal discernment, for ultimately we will each be accountable before God for our position on matters. “Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind” (Rom:14:5).
Finally, Acts:17:11 clarifies our position on this: “[The Bereans] were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” We encourage our readers to follow that example.