Saturday, June 21, 2014
Deluded Through Dilution
Having made that argument, I hasten to add that the great doctrines of Scripture ensure that we believe in the true Jesus, and not a Jesus that we fabricate to suit our personal tastes. Right doctrine shows us Who Jesus is, how He sees life and what He values. It provides us with true intimacy with Him by giving us access to His mind and heart much more reliably than supposed mystical experiences ever could. In short, right doctrine leads us to the true Jesus Who alone can save us.
When churches water down the Gospel by elevating experience over doctrine or by minimizing doctrine "for the sake of unity," they may fill their services. But by diluting the Gospel to "market" it more effectively (a questionable attitude toward evangelism in its own right), these churches run the risk of leading people to false Christs. And, in so doing, they keep them from authentic salvation. Personally, I find the whole matter profoundly disturbing.