(In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower regions, the earth? He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.) And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. Ephesians 4:9-16
Ever watch dandelion seeds in the wind? The wind blows and off they go. Then the wind changes and off they go in another direction. Another wind change and off they go in a third direction. Now this is a great method for dandelion seed to find a home, but it is a bad way to do church doctrine. Yet, too often we see Christians chasing after the latest doctrinal fad.
The problem is the these fads usually take us farther from God’s word and teaching then bringing us nearer to Him. We must examine every doctrine to see if it agrees with God’s word. If a doctrine does not agree with God’s word then we first need to try to correct the false teaching. If we are unable to cause the person to turn from false doctrine then we need to distance ourselves from the false teaching all the while trying to make the brother see their error but doing it in love.
What about churches that teach false doctrine? If you find yourself attending one then you need to find a church with sound teaching. You can engage individual members to try and teach them God’s truth but you need to distance yourself from that body.
Now today I am writing about core doctrine of the Christian Church, those that deal with the nature of God and salvation. These are doctrines that cannot be sacrifices on the altar of expedience or causing discomfort in others. Such as the doctrine of the Trinity, Jesus’ as fully man and fully God, Jesus’ atoning death on the cross, His virgin birth and resurrection and the Bible as God’s revealed Word. These cannot be compromised they are based on the entirety of God’s Word. But churches have many minor doctrines, many based on a single scripture that we can agree to disagree on. For example, whether or not to have music in church or the use of spiritual gifts. When we differ on minor issues we need to stress the major doctrines we agree on and move forward to bring God’s Word to the world. But we need to always stand up against those they would teach false doctrine. Letting others know the truth.
Have a blessed day,