Blessed By Uncertainty – 21st Century Christian False Teaching

Are your ears unstopped and eyes open? Are you certain of God or of your belief in God? The difference between the two is life and death.

“In the realm of belief, when I become certain of my (organization or) creeds, I kill the life of God in my soul because I cease to believe in God and believe in my belief instead.”  ~ Oswald Chambers

Bible scholars strive to find certainty, to explain and define the Word of God. Many who hold doctorates in theology don’t live lives inspired by the Word but lives that analyze the words. Uncertainty of scholarship is the lifeblood of a vibrant Christian walk. The requirement to enter heaven isn’t based upon education but on childlike simplicity.

Jesus Christ says, “Except ye… become as little children…” A little child is certain of its parents, but uncertain about everything else, therefore it lives a perfectly delightful healthy life. ~ Oswald Chambers

The beginning of pain in the spiritual life of a child is the day he or she compares what a Christian parent teaches with something the world teaches and judges the world to be correct.

God’s Word is Revealed not Researched

Christians who seek the face of God in the pages of his or her Bible are frequently cautioned by scholars to check their revelation by the Holy Spirit against the opinion of those who know Greek and Hebrew. Where in scripture does is say that knowledge of human languages supersedes the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit to interpret God’s Word?

In what chapter and verse of the New Testament do we find the concepts of ordination, of licensure, of denomination? The Apostle Paul preaches against denomination and separation in 1 Corinthians 1:11-13.

There is a healthy need to include research in our Bible study time. More important is prayer time where we reflect upon the Word and how is applies to our relationship with Jesus Christ.

Mis-application of God’s Word is dangerous whether expounded by a famous evangelist or in one’s personal study. As new creations in Christ we are ever-changing and uncertain of what tomorrow holds – except for the certainty that we are held in the hand of God through Jesus Christ.

Is Your Church Guilty of False Teaching?

The final books of the New Testament warn repeatedly of false teachers in positions of theological authority and the pulpits of organized churches. It is entirely possible there is more false teaching than not in denominational and independent congregations in 2011. We are living in the end time and scripture tells us this will be the case.

“These things I have spoken to you, that you should not be made to stumble.  They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service.  And these things they will do to you because they have not known the Father nor Me.” ~ John 16:1-3

Who is responsible for what your ears hear? You are. Who is responsible for what your children learn? You are.

Many faithful members of churches are leaving the congregational family they love because the Holy Spirit made it clear the teaching and leadership was false. Do you want the certainty of human fellowship or eternal life with Jesus Christ? Sometimes the two are mutually exclusive.

Certainty and Faith

Are you certain of the rule of God or of the God who rules?  Religion is a human invention to allow many to work as one through a shared belief in either the one eternal God or a rule that served whoever was in power and wanted to control the masses.

Religion saves no one. Only a personal relationship with Jesus Christ allows entrance through that narrowest of gates revealed in Matthew 7:13.  Christians of the twenty-first century seek after Christ on a narrow path that may not be highly traveled. The well-lit and popular broadway leads to death.

Each of us must choose which fork of that road to walk. Depend on no one save the Holy Spirit for truth. Be certain that your goal is the narrow gate and not on your ability to read those neon-blazoned signs giving false direction.

The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. ~ John 10:3

Will you follow the certainty of your Shepherd’s voice or the uncertainty of signposts erected by man?

 

 

 

Comments

  1. Roger Williams:

    “Many who hold doctorates in theology don’t live lives inspired by the Word but lives that analyze the words.”

    And it’s amazing the influence they have upon today’s church isn’t it, Lynn.

    Martin Luther once said to a religious Bible critic, “The problem with you is you sit above the Bible and judge it. I sit under the Bible and let it judge me.”

    “God’s word is revealed not researched” … I love that.

    Thanks for the very clear directions you’ve posted for us all here, Lynn.

    Roger

    • Lynn:

      Thanks, Roger. Your Luther quote is going into my file! As Solomon said, ‘There is nothing new under the sun” and the pathway of relationship between humans and God have seen the footprints of many, many saints before us. Scholarship and study have a very important place in our walk, but the temptation is to grant authority to some credentialed human over that of the Holy Spirit.

      DIetrich Bonhoeffer’s testimony played a major role in my understanding this point, as did the works of Frances Schaeffer. Bonhoeffer, one of the most influential Christian martyrs of recent history was a prodigy as a theologian. Imagine his surprise when he discovered he had never become a Christian until he traveled to the US from Germany after receiving his doctorate. The scholars of his day thought Bonhoeffer’s position that God speaks to individuals through the Bible was dangerous and extreme, if not heretical.

      Last year I met with a highly positioned theological scholar and historian. He told me that he was a born-again Christian until he began to earnestly study the word. The more education he got the more he realized his faith was false. The wisdom of men killed his faith in Jesus Christ. Yet, he continues in academia and scholarship to this day.

      Blessings,
      Lynn

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