All good liars know you must be believable. Good guys are believable. Pastor capitalizes on this tactic by using the writings and reputations of believers who are widely respected in Christendom. He prefers men like Fenelon and Augustine, but a bigger draw is quoting from men such as A W Tozer and Jerry Bridges. The youth group names such as Francis Chan, Ray Comfort, C. T. Studd, etc., and publications like the Voice of the Martyrs. These are all good, legitimate sources, but all of these sources would reprove us for the wicked deeds we practice in our church. Deeds of putting away, lying, divorce, haughtiness, lust, cruelty, theft, covetousness, division, hypocrisy, strife.
But God says, “If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin” (John 15:22). “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works” (2 Corinthians 11:13-15). “For ye suffer fools gladly, seeing ye yourselves are wise. For ye suffer, if a man bring you into bondage, if a man devour you, if a man take of you, if a man exalt himself, if a man smite you on the face” (2 Corinthians 11:19-20).