"But, the Emperor has no clothes ..."


In Hans Christian Andersen's legendary tale, the Emperor was conned by two swindlers into believing that "they were weavers, and they said they could weave the most magnificent fabrics imaginable. Not only were their colors and patterns uncommonly fine, but clothes made of this cloth had a wonderful way of becoming invisible to anyone who was unfit for his office, or who was unusually stupid" ... so much so that he paraded in front of all his subjects au naturel, but "Nobody would confess that he couldn't see anything, for that would prove him either unfit for his position, or a fool. No costume the Emperor had worn before was ever such a complete success."

Don't worry, I'm not suggesting that Dr Leaf is deliberately conning the church.  Rather, our natural instinct is to suppress our own judgement, even when it's right, in favour of everyone else's.  We assume information to be true because others in authority tell us it is.  We assume that the Emperor must be wearing something because the trusted ministers and noblemen are holding his imaginary train high in the air.

Likewise, it's very natural for Christians to believe that Dr Leaf's teaching must be ok because our pastors and leaders vouch for it.  Our pastors and leaders vouch for Dr Leaf's teaching because it's been endorsed by world-renowned Christian leaders like Kenneth Copeland and Joyce Meyer.   And no one wants to say anything, because they don't want to look sheepish (or be ostracised).  Dr Leaf's ministry may look like a complete success, but only until someone finally says, "But, the Emperor has no clothes ..."

While the church may think they're adorning themselves in Dr Leaf's teaching, really they're just walking around naked, because:

  1. Science contradicts Dr Leaf
  2. Scripture contradicts Dr Leaf
  3. Dr Leafs own teaching contradicts Dr Leaf
  4. Dr Leafs own qualifications contradicts Dr Leaf

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