If you have followed this blog for any amount of time, you will note that there are a good number of Biblical topics discussed. A significant number of these topics focus on a particular doctrine of Christianity, such as faith, grace, forgiveness, the divinity of Christ, God’s Word, etc. In addition, there are numerous posts on some recommendations for general practises that I personally have found to be beneficial, such as the importance of Biblical context, when reading the Scriptures, prayer and the necessity of spending the necessary time to understand the whole counsel of God within God’s Word on a given Biblical subject. There are also a good number of posts that deal with the physical representation of spiritual truths that we find in the Bible such as the Tabernacle or the Priesthood in the Old Testament, as examples. Plus I have been know to identify some false teachings and doctrines that historically, from the perspective of what used to be identified as “Protestant Evangelical”, are deemed as deviating from the general orthodox understanding of God’s Word. The New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) movement would be a good example. And, lastly, if there are different schools of thought on a particular subject, I do try to provide an overview on those different schools of thought, without indicating that acceptance of one school of thought is mandatory. Old Earth and Young Earth Creationism, eternal salvation and predestination versus free will, are good examples of different schools of thought.
Generally speaking, all standard stuff. But where I have been encountering difficulty, as of late, is when I encounter Biblical related thinking on a given topic, that is clearly not in line with the whole counsel of God’s Word. That includes things like ignoring the necessity for Christians to judge serious sin within the Church, deliverance ministry topics where healings, deliverance from demons, and generational curse teachings are propagated and representations of Jesus are deemed as being “authentic” but in fact, they are not. There are others, but this will suffice for now.
Ultimately one comes to a place where a decision has to be made, as to whether there is sufficient harm being introduced into the body of Christ, so that it should and does need to be addressed, or basically one decides to just let it go. Another aspect that I see being added into this decision equation process, is the thinking that the assumed good being done, justifies overlooking those aspects that are being inaccurately presented or taught, where a clear misrepresentation of God’s written truth, that is not in line with God’s Word, is subsequently, considered as being inconsequential, in the big scheme of things.
IT IS THIS INCONSEQUENTIAL THINKING, THAT BOTHERS ME THE MOST.
Let me give you some recent examples that I have personally have run across:
It is OK to ignore the Biblical requirement for Christians to identify and deal with serious sin, such as adultery, within the Church, because in the big scheme of things, if we just love everyone, God will ultimately take care of the rest. Consequently, serious sin within the Church does not require the members of the body of Christ to actively address and deal with it, and it should be of no concern.
It is OK to teach that Christians who have God’s Holy Spirit within them, can also, at the same time, have a demon physically within them, and as such, when we see or hear of fellow Christians teaching this unorthodox Christian belief and casting out demons from fellow Christians, it should be of no concern.
It is OK to teach that it is always God’s will to heal us physically and as such, when believers are not healed, the onus is on the believers, who lacked sufficient faith. The fact that fellow believers are being taught to deal with this, should be of no concern.
It is OK to teach that generational curses, as found in the Old Testament, under the Law, which were spoken to the nation of Israel by God, are still in effect for Christians of today, even though we are no longer under the Law and God’s Word firmly tells us that we stand freely liberated from the Law, in the New Covenant that God established through His Son, who became a curse for us, by His dying on the cross for our sins. Consequently when we see fellow Christians teaching and practicing deliverance from these generational curses on other Christians, it should be of no concern.
It is OK to totally disregard and not even mention, any area of possible concern, regarding advisory consultations that are entertained and accommodated, with content that is not authentic, yet spoken of and portrayed as being the “authentic” Jesus, because the assumed good that is being done, towards the spread of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, justifies those inconsistencies. And the mere fact that anyone would have even commented on possible areas of concern, indicates that their closed mindedness is counterproductive to the spread of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and it should be of no concern.
Please correct me if you think I am wrong, but in my mind, the over riding train of thought that is being consistently pushed forward is that these false teachings, unorthodox doctrines and Biblical inconsistencies DO NOT MATTER in the big scheme of things, even to the extent that if one does register any opposition or concern, the mere fact that one raises an objection or voices concern, is used as proof, that their goal in life has shifted to tearing down rather than building up.
I could quote some Scripture verses here about turning things upside down, but I’m not going to.
I will tell you this. I don’t claim to be the end all about understanding all that God’s Word teaches us, because I certainly am not, but Biblical discernment and understanding of the whole counsel of God’s Word is sadly lacking in far too many cases by professing Christians who “feel” they are being led by God’s Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit never does anything that disagrees with God’s Holy Word. And the focus of God’s Holy Spirit is always to bring glory to Jesus, because Jesus as the Son of God, actually came here in the flesh, and that reality is the pivot point from which everything else flows. And that same acknowledgement is the test (1 John 4:1-3) by which all spirits are verified, from whence they come. Jesus said, “Without me you can do nothing”, and He was not kidding.
So if you disagree with me, so be it. I know why I do, what I do. And no, I am not about to stop. Because correction is necessary, for all of us, myself included. And correction is given because of love. God does correct us (Hebrews 12:6-7), and He does require that we correct others within the body of Christ (James 5:19-20) .
2 Timothy 3:16-17 NASB
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” (Emphasis is mine).
Something to think about.
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!