Thursday, July 23, 2009

doctrine is the enemy?

I don't know why I continue to by surprised by the number of people that fall for the timeless lie that doctrine (or right belief) is the enemy of freedom, relationships, (fill in the blank). The current world thinking is that if we are to truly love we must include everyone, we must accept the doctrines of all around us. Contrary to Scripture, they think all will be included and anything else is exclusion. They fail to see that in the end, Christ Himself will reject some.

A Facebook friend wrote, "To jump off the cliff, with arms wide and smiling face toward the sky, is the essence of faith. It's not rational - it never will be." I find that said. This is not faith, this is foolishness and a sure path toward destruction. Our faith is based on revealed truth. It has content but is more than information thanks to the power of the Holy Spirit. The following analogy (which like all analogies falls apart at some point) is a better representation of faith and freedom.

Two guys jump out of an airplane; one has a parachute and one does not. The one without the parachute mocks to the other bragging that he is free from the encumbrance of the parachute.

Which man is really free? Which one understands that laws of gravity and physics? Which one is truly free to enjoy the event with the assuredness of safety in the end?

Sometimes we fail to understand what true freedom really is.

I completely get it when Nakedpastor presents the following:

We can add to God's truth and in doing so destroy our relationship with God and with each other.

At the same time, the solution is not to reject truth. Homosexuality has become a key issue for many postmodern innovators. They have reacted to the distain presented by those who claim to know truth in such a way that they brag about including practicing homosexuals in the community of believers. They have jettisoned Biblical truth for their works based idea of salvation.

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