Every year Grace Community Church opens up their campus and their hearts to thousands of men from around the world to equip and encourage them in Biblical ministry. I call it an annual blessing and time of spiritual refreshment, they call it the Shepherds’ Conference. Being an enemy of Christ’s Church, an enemy of the Gospel, and an enemy of all things Biblical, Julie Anne Smith just can’t leave it alone. As is her method, she used her twitter feed to undermine this amazing ministry.
Julie Anne (aka @DefendTheSheep) and her followers are radically egalitarian, so she makes much hay of the fact that the Shepherds’ Conference is designed to train men for ministry. What is the result? A young woman, claiming to be an alumni of The Master’s College, says she’s “embarrassed about the college [she] attended.”
Criticizing a conference for being “by men, for men, and about men” is fairly mild. However, Julie Anne goes much further. She sent out a tweet suggesting that the Shepherds’ Conference is all about greed and making $$, pointing out that the registration fee is $300 dollars and showing a picture of the conference book store in the Grace Community Church parking lot. Julie Anne uses baseless accusations of greed like this to undermine Biblical ministries on a regular basis:
Over on her blog, Julie Anne turns up the heat and maligns the Shepherds’ Conference, Pastor John MacArthur, and Grace Community Church yet again. Following her lead, her friends and followers poured it on in her blog comments, and Julie Anne happily provided a place for her friends to mock the Shepherds’ Conference and celebrate throwing away Pastor MacArthur’s books and CD’s: “LOL! I took all of my Pastor John MacArthur books and CDs and tossed them in the recycling container recently…and it felt SO MUCH BETTER!”
Julie Anne posted a particularly ugly comment from someone by the name of Larry. The comment is highly critical of Phil Johnson (head of Grace to You & a GCC elder), and grossly disparages GCC and the Shepherds’ Conference with an allusion to John MacArthur being a pile of poop that idiotic flies are attracted to. This is the kind of filth Julie Anne takes great delight in putting on the World Wide Web: “Nonetheless, Johnny Mac is responsible, IMO, for the idiots who flock towards him. Flies are attracted to poop.”
As the pastor of Beaverton Grace Bible Church, I’ve been blessed to take a group of men to the Shepherds’ Conference for the last 15 years. Pastor MacArthur is the Charles Spurgeon of our day. The conference is the finest and most edifying pastor’s conference on the planet. The loving hospitality of GCC is unsurpassed. The Biblical preaching and teaching are ministry and life transforming. The worship is soul stirring. And Julie Anne, ever a reviler of Christ’s Church, tweets out accusations of it being all about money, and posts this comment describing the men who attend the conference as flies and Pastor John MacArthur as poop. Julie Anne’s blogs and twitter feed are full of these kinds of disparaging, slanderous remarks. She labors long and hard, using up her precious life, maligning Biblical churches, ministries, and men across the United States. May the Lord grant her repentance and saving faith.