I’m the type of person who can take a lot, in other words, I can put up with a lot of nonsense and bologna over a long period of time, but there comes a time when I will draw the line, when I’ve had enough. I’ve proven it over and over again in the workplace, but when I’ve reached the limit of bovine excrement – that’s it.
Because I have this trait, many people have a tendency to walk over me and think I’m a fool.
There are many who I’ve encountered over the years who start off with what they consider to be minor doctrinal errors, but when one follows up on the spiritual/doctrinal status of said people, most, if not all have sunken into a doctrinal swamp and their faith has become shipwrecked.
Error begets error. If you don’t take note of or think the source of your learning material is important, you’re going to get into BIG trouble. I’m referring to the Preacher/Teacher of your choice, who can preach and teach out of an Authorised King James Bible and still get it wrong, that much is evident because they have a tendency to ignore punctuation, they proof-text their way through the Bible, have picked up oddball/bad doctrine from their predecessors/teachers/preachers in turn, and are just propagating it.
Apart from the above, I’m not the resident Gopher Discerner. You are your own discerner who is to study to show YOURSELF approved unto God. When I went to school one of the first things I was taught was not to be spoon-fed as same turns you into a case of “monkey see, monkey do”, in other words, another mentally disabled sheep who cannot think for himself/herself – always reliant on someone else for the answer. After all, you won’t be able to blame XYZ preacher/teacher for your doctrinal foul ups one day, so blaming or trying to blame someone else at the Judgment Seat of Christ won’t cut it, you have a free will – you can believe/not believe whatever you want.
The other point is : No matter who your preacher/teacher of choice is, it’s very important to question him and not be gullible and swallow everything they tell you, but to PROVE all things – 1 Thessalonians 5:21. Proving all things and swallowing everything hook, line and sinker are mutually exclusive, and no – some ignorant article/video isn’t proving anything. It’s nothing but rank STUPIDITY clothed in sloth.
The worst combination : Unable to think for oneself and couldn’t be bothered/too lazy to change. One can normally identify it by one important hallmark, namely, “I’m saved so nothing else matters”, the other identifying characteristic is, “I just want grace and peace, no fighting, no controversy”, in other words, “Whatever, anything goes as long as we don’t argue, agreeing to disagree is totally acceptable”. (((Group Hug))).
The other identifying characteristic is “always on the lookout to see if you’re a good person”. Now I could never wrap my mind around that one, no matter how I tried, because same “good person” turns into a back-biter/back-stabber faster than you can say “Geronimo” under the ruse of, “I don’t want to gossip, but…….” or “I’m not a bad person, and I don’t want to run anyone down, but……” or “So and so is so ridiculous/bad/unfeeling/sad/depressed/bitter/twisted”, which in laymen’s terms means: “I’m such a gooooood person, I could/will never do the things THAT person does”.
The only reason I would identify someone else’s bad doctrine was because I myself learnt from it – Paul says, one has to identify those who are approved in order to follow them as an ensample – Philippians 3:17. So by identifying the wrong and where people have gone wrong you would know what is right and those who are right. It’s called learning from someone else’s mistake/s.
The times we are living in are gravitating towards this:
2 Thessalonians 2:1-3.
There will come a time, in my opinion, when it will be pointless for the Dispensation of God’s Grace to continue – “for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first,…” That day : the tribulation which would mean the end to the Dispensation of Grace, and before that day can come, there has to/will be a falling away first, and you cannot fall away from something if you weren’t initially a part of it, neither can you fall up.
One can clearly see it as the years progress – the (Pauline) truth was initially rediscovered years ago – and then it all goes up in smoke because most cannot adhere to or be satisfied with sound Pauline doctrine – there’s always got to be more, like something “undiscovered Pauline truth”, or “some rediscovered lost Pauline truth”, and a heck of a lot of scripture twisting and proof-texting goes into it, even the crossing of dispensational lines, then everything automatically becomes “trans-dispensational” because they say so, and in order to verify the schmuck that they believe.
The other side of the coin or extreme is – they remain entrenched in Stam or Baker’s beliefs, not to mention some of the other preachers/teachers beliefs who have the 12 in the Body of Christ, subtle Acts 28ers, whose names I cannot recall at this moment for the simple reason that I do not listen to their videos or read their articles anymore. I’ve lost touch with not only mainline, institutionalised Christianity’s garbage, but also that of the old time preachers of Mid-Acts dispensationalism who were wrong.
I only go there to PROVE that they are wrong, hence the reason why I do not follow them, but I am tired of always proving them and their adherents/followers wrong – it’s time to move on.
It’s your right to believe what you want – no-one can force you to believe anything, and no-one can babysit you if you don’t want to be babysat. It’s on your conscience and one day you will answer for your beliefs and how it influenced others, i.e., mostly what you preached, did it turn people to repentance, i.e., from unbelief to belief in Christ’s finished work on Calvary’s cross and His resurrection for their salvation? How did you as a member of the Body of Christ behave in your earthly body? Were you conformed to the world? Did what you believed influence people to believe wrong things and in turn propagate it themselves, thus leading to the inevitable falling away?
I’m a great believer in the law of cause and effect, also known as the law of sowing and reaping. Whatever you do has consequences in this life and the life hereafter, i.e., the Judgment Seat of Christ and the level of glory which you will receive for eternity. If you don’t pass your “apprenticeship” on this earth, do not expect too be a fully fledged “Journeyman” in heaven.
So when one believes and in turn sows wrong, it will multiply into various wrongs which will come back to “haunt” you either in this lifetime with your faith becoming shipwrecked, or in the life hereafter, where you will be judged for having no faith, for giving up the race prematurely. That’s what the Apostle Paul meant by being saved “so as by fire”.
Saved, not approved.