Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Doctrine Divides . . . thank God!

Often these days, in this post-modern, politically correct, anything goes mish-mash culture . . . you will hear even a so-called "Christian" chidingly assert "doctrine divides" . . . if you contend for certain Biblical teachings--the "hard" ones.

And I am inclined to reply, "yes, doctrine divides. . . . It divides the goats from the sheep; the lambs from the wolves in lambs clothing."  Nevermind the contradiction in someone who argues that "doctrine divides; we need unity" . . . as their assertion that we "shouldn't argue about doctrine" IS a type of doctrine itself.

Above all, I understand that it is repentance and being born again into a real, trusting relationship with the Lord that is what counts . . . and that there are plenty of scholars and experts and dogmatics who know scripture backwards and forwards . . . who are nevertheless not really saved . . . but I find that what separates Biblical Christianity from all the other "isms", philosophies, cults, beliefs etc., IS, in fact . . . doctrine.

Is it really just as simple as saying, "I believe in Jesus, so I am saved"? . . . or does it matter if you believe in the correct Jesus?  Mormons have a different Jesus, for instance.  And a whole set of doctrines that differ radically from Biblical Christianity . . . yet they consider themselves "Christian".

Same with Jehovah's Witnesses . . . the Moonies . . . Roman Catholics . . . 7th Day Adventists. . . . 

They all claim to believe in and follow Jesus; but what differentiates them from the born again, BIBLE believing Christian?  Doctrine.  Correct, TRUE doctrine.

Doctrine does divide . . . and it should, I say!  In each of the above examples . . . what you have, and what you always have when you start getting a cult . . . is that some charismatic leader and then his/her subsequent institution . . . adds, subtracts or contorts what the Word of God says.  And I dare say. . . that in every case . . . what is happening is that the cult leader or institution . . . teaches something that ELEVATES the human in comparison to God.  The fallen, carnal nature is constantly seeking for ways to justify, magnify, elevate itself in relation to the Creator.

More than ever, I am realizing just how incredibly magnificent, huge, ominous, awesome, terrible, holy, omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent . . . GOD is!  AND how small, pathetic, wicked, devious, conniving, guilty, wretched we are . . . in comparison.  I think we have such a limited, myopic, self-centered view of Reality, of God . . . compared to His incomprehensible, astounding reality . . . that the closest we ever get to even approaching it . . . is when we fall flat on our faces, wanting to hide, ashamed, terrified, groveling, all bold claims and yapping violently shut in the mere effulgent edges of His holy light. . . .

In fact, I am becoming convinced that we are nothing . . . but witnesses . . . to all He is and does.  I think our notions of having "free will" and "autonomy" . . . are desperately childish, foolishly vain, wickedly imaginative.  Yes, we live . . . move . . . and have being . . . BUT only "IN HIM we live, move and have our being!"  -Acts 17:28

Why is this so hard to accept?  Why do people fight it, desperately wanting to assert some separate authenticity--some contending will apart from God?  Why do we feel entitled, owed, resentful, rebellious, assertive?

Because our hearts are "desperately wicked."  And "NO ONE does good--no not one"!

I am more convinced than ever . . . as a matter of doctrine . . . that we have nothing, do nothing, are nothing, will be nothing APART from . . . and EXCEPT FOR . . . the complete and utter grace of God!  He owes us nothing.  All is a gift. . . .

So, I say, doctrine matters . . . and the Truth sets you free. . . . I am glad to be "set apart" . . . made holy . . . in the Truth . . . divided OUT of the kingdom of lies and blasphemies, praise God!

4 comments:

Lee in TN said...

Bro T,
Amen! Each man-made religious wing, sect, denomination or 'cult' does not equal 'all the same in the end' or 'it's all good'. The whole 'Coexist' mantra just annoys me and when you point out that it is NOT all the same or all good - they hate you for it!

Thanks always for the hard Truth!

Blessings - Lee

val said...

A gift for you....truth.
The true Gospel is now delivered to you from the wilderness Rev 12:6 as a witness Matt 24:14.
Our heavenly Father will NOT put any child of his into a hell fire no matter what their sins. Sin doesn't scare God! He created it Isa 45:7 to teach us all the knowledge of good and evil Gen 3:22 for our eternal placement in his coming kingdom. Throwing a child of his into a hell fire has never entered the heart or mind of God to ever do such a thing Jer7:31, Jer 19:5. Anyone preaching a hell fire for any child of God has been deceived into teaching lies. The whole world has been believing in a god of hate murder and revenge (The devil Rev 12:9). The true word of God John 1:1 is now delivered Rev 12:5 here http://thegoodtale.blogspot.com/

God chose a woman Rev 12 to be the prophet like unto Moses Num 12:3 and Elijah Matt 17:3, Acts 3:21-23, Luke 1:17 proven by the word John 1:1 delivered Rev 12:5. Refusing to hear all Acts 3:23 is refusing the word of God, I have written what I was commanded to write.

A righteous judge gathers ALL evidence BEFORE making any judgment.
Prove ALL things 1 Thes 5:21. Satan has deceived the whole world Rev 12:9 until now. Turn your heart to ALL the children of God for a better placement Ezek 37:26 in God's coming kingdom in the New World Rev 21.

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Antbrother said...

Hey Brother, been a while as i have been technologically challenged.

In a word or two, Jesus said that we are to Know Him, as a Bride knows the Bridegroom. In this level of intimacy with Jesus, all other decrees, denominations, segregations, and separations of man are only of this world and an act of deception and distraction from our real purpose - To Know Him, Yeshua, that gave His life to save us from the sin we were born into.

Thank you for your continued searching and posting and educating of those out there that are willing to listen. We only need to be still and Know God, Jesus, and The Holy Spirit!

Love and God Bless,

~ antbrother

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