Saturday, August 2, 2014

Negative Doctrine

Why do I choose to be so "negative" with my blog? Surely I'd be more effective if I'd stop criticizing trends and people in evangelical churches with whom I disagree, instead channeling my energy into more "positive" posts. After all, young Christians (and even non-Christians) may read this blog? What will they think if they see me shooting down well-known evangelical teachers? Doesn't my behavior cause division and discredit the visible church?


Over the next week, let's ponder these important questions. The points they raise deserve attention, but the slowness of typing with a headstick simply doesn't permit me to deal adequately with each issue (and other related issues) as adequately as I'd like in one fell swoop.

And no, I don't want to use my disability as a way to dodge questions. Doing so, admittedly, really tempts me, but I refuse to cheapen myself, and my concern for Scriptural integrity, by hiding behind my Cerebral Palsy. Yes, typing takes longer for me than it does for most bloggers, but I can still give reasoned accounts for my convictions. It just means several short posts as opposed to one lengthy one. And it means I will not allow my physical limitations to offer me a way to avoid those who challenge me.

I believe that sound doctrine, while it divides those who have a passion for truth from those who have a desire for spiritual experience, does unify the Body of Christ. That belief runs counter to conventional opinion, but I see the principle in Paul's letter to the Ephesians.

11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 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, 14 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. 15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 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 4:11-16 (ESV)

According to the apostle, a correct understanding of the Bible's doctrine (or "teaching") unifies Christians against the various false teachings that constantly worm their way into the church. Unless people correct these doctrinal aberrations, the Body of Christ sustains so many compound fractures that its disabilities far surpass mine!


Therefore, if I call out trends and teachers who detract from Scripture's purity, I do so because I love truth. I may come across as "negative" and I may offend people. Assuredly, I won't make a huge difference, turning the tide and rescuing massive amounts of evangelicals from deception. But I want to  faithfully stand for truth.

3 comments:

  1. I'm anxiously awaiting your next post! Not only do you show your love for truth, you encourage others.

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  2. Trying to get caught up on your blog entries...I've been busy and went out of town. I listened to a John MacArthur YouTube video with Phil Johnson in a Quick and A format. Pastor MacArthur addressed the accusations against him for his lectures in the Strange Fire conferences. It is excellent...I'll post it later today (I hope)

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  3. Q&A (have trouble with spellchecker on my tablet)

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