1 Corinthians 11:19

For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.

manifest – clear or obvious.

Brother Dean told me once that a good way of testing one’s doctrines and/or beliefs is by checking out what other Mid-Acts Right Dividers believe – it’s one way of learning.   Seeing what they believe and how they reached their conclusion/s.

If you can see where they go wrong, you can avoid falling into the same hole as they have.

He pointed out the subtility of some deception/heresies.   It’s mainly the truth with a lie or two added – in the case of right division, it’s the truth with some of Israel’s doctrine added to the mould.   Most heresies seem non-threatening, non-invasive because they are so subtle, but when someone dumbs down the gospel – it is a serious matter.  A good example of a subtle deception is the dividing of the Gentiles in Paul’s epistles, which basically takes one down the hyper-dispensationalist, Acts 28 path, and if one looks at their doctrine, one wonders if these people are in fact saved because they reject Paul’s pre-prison epistles as being applicable to the body of Christ today.   What is contained in Paul’s pre-prison epistles – namely the gospel and the catching away to name but two important doctrines.

It goes without saying that Brother Dean’s advice was more valuable than gold.


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