Recently, there was a major Earthquake in Nepal. A wonderful Evangelist and theologian, Tony Miano, who I will be praying for, has been receiving much fire for a recent tweet about said earthquake.
Many people responded hatefully telling him things such as, "You represent everything wrong with Christianity," and, "I really hope that ISIS kills more Christians and destroy every Church." People would continue to twist his words, eventually saying that he "hated" them and he considered them "inferior", and saying he believed their sin caused it. He stated he didn't "Pull a Pat Robertson" and that he doesn't know why God allowed or caused it.
Certain Believers came out in his defense. Many shared the gospel, including myself, with opportunities God created with this. Woodland Baptist Church Tweeted, "Tony we too are praying for lost souls in Nepal and for paganism to diminish and Christ increase and Nepalins." Seth Dunn Tweeted, "I am sharing the gospel right now off of the thread @TonyMiano started about pagan temples. The gospel is being proclaimed." Even some blog posts have already been made about this, including one at Pulpit and Pen and another at Entreating Favor.
Many people who profess to be Christian are enraged as well, calling him, in his own words, "everything but a child of God." He continued to preach the gospel to them and link to them a V-Tract known as "Are You Ready?" (Linked Below)
Many people voiced their opinions against his call to repentance, comparing him to Westboro Baptist. There is a big issue with that, though. Westboro Baptist is definitely and entirely against repentance. They do not want people to repent. They want people to go to Hell. They do not have a heart for the lost, and, and Charles Spurgeon said, are not saved themselves. They have no concern for the salvation of others, and, as Ray Comfort says, that means we should be concerned for theirs. Tony, on the other hand, wants the people to repent, as was said in the initial tweet. He doesn't want them to continue in their idolatry. It must also be noted that Shirley Phelps-Roper confessed that you must keep the commandments in order to be saved in an interview with Todd Friel. Tony avidly opposes this teaching known as Legalism. Tony preaches the Biblical Gospel, partnered by the law, while Westboro rejects both in favor of slander, name calling, hatred, and Wrath-Only-Preaching.
"Suppose a man were in the mouth of a lion, and another should shoot the lion and save the man; would he not be thankful?"
In the end, man's opinion doesn't matter. What matters is what the Word of God said. Is what Tony did Biblical? Absolutely. If you don't believe me, let me avert your eyes away from Tony Miano, Thomas Watson, Seth Dunn, Landon Chapman, JD Hall, and myself, and towards Luke 13:1-5.
"There were some present at that very time who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And he answered them, 'Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.'"
Jesus used the persecution of Galilean Jews, even possibly elect, and the collapse of the Tower of Siloam to call people to repentance. What Tony did was not Counter-Biblical, UnBiblical, UnScriptural, or any other word you can think of that goes along with it.
If our Lord did it, it would be a great mistake to call a brother wrong for doing it. I would say it would be close to blasphemy, if not already there. I encourage you to stand by Tony, but to, more importantly, use this to preach the gospel and glorify God.
"Pray for Nepal" By Suraj Kasula
"Supernatural Lessons from a Natural Disaster" by John MacArthur
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