Do not participate in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead even expose them; for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret. But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light. Ephesians 5:11-13 NASB
Did you know that any work of darkness is unfruitful? It does not bear the fruit of righteousness or goodness. We as Christians are called to expose these works. And this exposure isn’t so we can beat our chests and rejoice in how holy or righteous we are, but so that darkness can be transformed into light. Light exposes, and this exposure brings change, good change, righteous change. The verses before these say that the fruit of light consists in all that right, good, and true. Which means that since we are light in the Lord, our work and words will produce righteousness, goodness, and truth all around us.
The reason I write about ministries such as Bethel is not because I’m hunting for faults and nitpicking words, looking for a chance to attack anyone who makes a mistake (that is more in line with the Pharisees), but because I care about the truth. I care about God’s name and glory.
When a ministry claims Christ and His Spirit, they are automatically under a stricter judgement. They will answer to God for what they teach concerning Him (think about Job’s friends who sinned against the Lord by speaking what wasn’t true of Him). As believers we must be willing to expose the darkness, for the sake of God’s glory, the sake of God’s kingdom, and the sake of God’s people.
Many are being led astray in this day and age because we have been unwilling to expose the works of darkness. Let us desire to be faithful to Christ and His Word, out of love sharing the truth with our neighbors.