“In keeping silent about evil, in burying it so deep within us that no sign of it appears on the surface, we are implanting it, and it will rise up a thousand fold in the future. When we neither punish nor reproach evildoers, we are not simply protecting their trivial old age, we are thereby ripping the foundations of justice from beneath new generations.”
― Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918–1956
It is never easy speaking truth, calling out sin, telling people they are wrong. Unless one truly is evil, no one really enjoys confrontation. Most people would much rather keep the peace and mind their own business. Many prefer to bury their heads in the sand and ignore sin altogether. Pretending such things has nothing to do with them, they keep on walking.
Not so with Neil Erikson. On trial again in the county court, he has appealed the magistrate’s original sentence of 10 weeks imprisonment for calling out evil at a post-modern, liberal, self-proclaimed Christian church. Under the guise of Christianity, the “church”, formally based in Hawthorn, was teaching all manner of blasphemies and fallacies to a naive audience who know nothing about Jesus or the Bible.
Sitting in the audience myself, I can testify there were some major flaws in their theology but that is another story. Let’s just say I had some questions which I did not get to ask when Neil stood up requesting to speak. He was invited up to the front where he began to question them on marrying homosexuals. He proceeded to enlighten them on what the Bible says about gay marriage and homosexuality, when the audience stood up in unison and moved forward threateningly.
Fearing for his safety, as they looked ready to lynch him, I also made my way to the front, ready to get in the middle if necessary. However, things did not get violent until later when there was a small physical altercation between Neil and another guy. A little self-defense on Neil’s part. Thankfully, nothing but feelings were hurt that night.
According to sanctimonious, woke liberals, words are violent. Neil Erikson may as well have entered the church, gun in hand and shot down the congregation. But that is not what happened. So some people took offence, they got upset. But does that really warrant a lawsuit, jail time or cancellation of a person’s life, name or personhood to the point where he is blacklisted from almost every public event in the country.
Orwell wrote of this very situation in his novel, 1984. “Doublethink” is the idea that one can hold two contradictory ideas simultaneously. Whilst the church wanted the freedom to preach lies, they were oppressing Neil’s freedom to speak truth. The oppressed becomes the oppressor and round we go on the merry-go-round.
Neil is far from perfect. He definitely has his flaws, like all of us. Anyone claiming to be perfect or better than Neil is deluding themselves. There is none righteous but one Jesus Christ, Whom has said:
“Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.”
I Corinthians 6:9-10 NKJV
The Bible is clear on Christian truths, homosexuality is a sin. The sin in itself does not bother us, people can sleep with whomever or whatever they like. We have homosexual friends. The issue we have is what it does to God’s word.
A self-proclaiming Christian Church has no business condoning homosexuality, marrying homosexuals and teaching its naive congregation that it is acceptable in the sight of God. It is not to be accepted nor tolerated. Jesus would not have tolerated it as He did not tolerate the money changers in the temple.
He “drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves.“
Matthew 21:12-13 NKJV
Neil Erikson did nothing wrong. He was being faithful in acting on his conscience. Calling out sin in the Church is necessary and right. If only more Christians would be so bold and courageous. Could Neil have been more sensitive or gentle in his approach? Perhaps. But John the Baptist called out evil just as ferociously in the face of an adulterous King and his mistress. He said to Herod:
“It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” Therefore Herodias held it against him and wanted to kill him”
Mark 6:17-19 NKJV
John the Baptist got his head chopped off, because as we all know, hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. The mistress used her daughter to appeal the King.
“So she, having been prompted by her mother, said, “Give me John the Baptist’s head here on a platter.”
Matthew 14:8 NKJV
The verdict day for the appeal for which he was able to acquire legal representation, is set for August 29th. The whole ordeal has not been easy for Neil. Representing himself in the Magistrates’ Court, it has been an arduous 3 year process of collecting evidence, filing reports, and subpoenas. He has endured much hostility, setbacks and resistance from all those involved, not to mention the public persecution. People want his head on a platter. It is no easy feat exposing these fake churches.
Let’s pray for Neil and all those bold enough to rock the boat for the sake of truth. Let’s pray their faith in Jesus Christ grows ever stronger, that they continue to fight the good fight with wisdom and discernment, knowing which battles are worth fighting.