Over the years I have noticed many of our people having a reluctance to confront false doctrine. They want to ignore it as if it didn’t exist or get it out of the way as quickly as possible. When asked about it they universally say that they do not want to argue religion? I agree I don’t want to argue either and I won’t YET can we not stand up for what we believe without getting emotionally involved in the discussion?
It takes two parties to have an argument. Even if one gets all bent out of shape, so what. You don’t have to go there. The word of God is sharp brethren it really does cut like a two edged sword.
(Heb 4:12 KJV) For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
The scriptures that we have learned will put down any false doctrine. The Holy Spirit will guide us to answer as needed. Even if the answer does not seem apparent at the moment we all have enough resources to dig out the answer and get back to them.
Not wanting to argue is what is called a straw man argument because there is no need to argue. Let the scriptures do your arguing.
Some ministers may well disagree with me on this. I understand that and in some cases, they may be right. Yet, surely if we have studied our beliefs to understand them and defend them seems to me that we should do so being good stewards of the word of God given to us.
Now I realize that some of us have not really studied deeply or have done so so many years ago that we don’t feel confident to defend them so we try to avoid them. Realizing this I want to announce that this website will be publishing E-Courses on each of the major doctrines that we have been commanded to hold fast to.
Shortly you will see these free, on-demand courses of study coming up on the site. Feel free to try your hand. They are taken from the material we have all studied for years so there won’t be any surprises there.
In some cases, we will be adding additional material related to the subject of the course showing how the world views this topic and how to counter their views.
This site has been in a holding mode for a number of years now, it is time for us all to Rise UP and get ready for Christ. Listen to him brethren He really is knocking on our doors. When a person knocks on your door? What is he trying to do? He is trying to get our attention.
This Laodicean age of the church is no longer listening because they are satisfied with where they are and how they are doing. The question is, is God Satisfied? Apparently not. There are things that we are blind to and He wants to open our minds so we can see those blind spots and begin to see ourselves as HE sees us not how we think we look to fellow members of our group.
Rev 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
Rev 3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
Rev 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
Rev 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
So again, why is there this reluctance to deal with people who disagree with us? I am beginning to think it has to do with two things, one we have not studied enough to feel comfortable defending our beliefs and two were are beginning to adopt the world’s “Snowflake” mentality. Please read the article at the link below:
I challenge all of us to begin again to learn those things which we have been told to “HOLD FAST” to. Take a look at the Greek word translated “hold that fast”;
Here is Thayer’s Definition:
1) to have power, be powerful
1a) to be chief, be master of, to rule
2) to get possession of
2a) to become master of, to obtain
2b) to take hold of
2c) to take hold of, take, seize
2c1) to lay hands on one in order to get him into one’s power
3) to hold
3a) to hold in the hand
3b) to hold fast, i.e. not discard or let go
3b1) to keep carefully and faithfully
3c) to continue to hold, to retain
3c1) of death continuing to hold one
3c2) to hold in check, restrain
Part of Speech: verb
A Related Word by Thayer’s/Strong’s Number: from G2904
Look closely at that definition, brethren, This is not just saying to remember what you were taught it is saying that we must become Master of it to hold on to it with strength. We must rule those doctrines that are our legacy. That word is not a noun it is a verb it denotes action on our part to learn it so well that we are indeed masters of it. Then truly no man can steal our crowns and we won’t have to ever fear standing up for the truths of God’s word.