There are seemingly quite a few who are offering us – a more updated version of Christianity.
Challenging some of the fundamentals of the faith – confusing the fundamentals with the newly re-contextualised fundamentalism label.
Because there exists dogmatic Pharisees who want everything conformed to their image – they assume that those who hold fast to that which is good, has been good, and always will be good, are dead traditionalists/‘fundamentalists’.
…Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
That which is good is the articles of faith – long established and present in many Christian churches, from which we are never meant to depart, as per the charge of the gospel of Christ.
Those searching for a broader outlook. Those searching for a so-called more ‘enlightened’ approach – are apt to use the fact that we all cannot know all mysteries, and therefore this is a reason to alter, annul and eventually dismiss what is sound and cannot change, and has been established for centuries.
They do this act of watering down – in the name of tolerance, open-mindedness, and all-embracing love. And consider it theological progress.
The result is that they see so many sides to things that nothing ever becomes sure. But at least they reason we can ‘all get along’.
Soon they lead us to the ‘many roads to God approach’ – again in the name of tolerance and being nice.
And then slowly but surely we are meant to embrace every religion under the sun, in the name of tolerance and understanding of how the other half lives. As we partake of the ecumenical soup.
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. There is no other name under heaven whereby we can be saved and delivered from this corrupt generation. The God of the bible is called Jehovah and His son Jesus Christ The Lord. There is a heaven and there is a hell.
Pretty straightforward and dogmatic – but absolutely true.
To hold to this does not automatically make me an intolerant bigot, out to be rude and denigrate everyone who thinks differently.
The latest truth being tampered with – is the fact that there is a hell, there is a Gehenna.
Some so called ‘progressives’ consider the best way to get rid of hell is not to believe in it.
That way everyone is ok and marching to the promised land of heaven, regardless of what they believe or what lifestyle they practice or what god they serve.
Pan-everything-ism is the new (no, not really new – just rehashed) ‘enlightened’ way, they would have us believe.
And when someone makes a statement like my last paragraph they are perceived as dogmatic stick-in-the-mud fundamentalists who want to condemn everyone to hell. However there is only One who has the power/right/authority to do so –
But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him!
I believe in enlightenment/inspiration, or better put, revelation – but within the guidelines and confines of The Holy Bible.
As a painter/poet/preacher ‘etc’. I like to think I have some imagination. And I am open-minded enough to at least listen to those who have another slant on things other than my own.
I’m aware of dogmatism out of a heart bound-up with bitterness in the name of religion.
I’m aware that there are those who stand with Christ in doctrine, but with the devil in attitude.
But I’m also aware that there is such a thing as truth and error.
The bible is full of warnings (do a study on it – see how many you can find).
If there is no need to warn God’s true people – then there are no dangers.
Here’s a tip – Go for ‘sincere’ in people – rather than ‘nice’. And go for the bible and what it says even more than the preaching of it.
By that I mean – the words themselves, because:
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on EVERY word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
Notice the EVERY word aspect.
Regardless of whether we have experienced Revelation on every word – the revelation we have already received convinces us that the potential for further revelation comes through every word of scripture.
What has been established by revelation is to be adhered to. For example ‘justification by faith’ as revealed to Martin Luther. Does that mean that he is an infallible guide because he received revelation? No – but the bible is.
Sometimes we must take the word exactly as we find it, not blindly, (i.e. without a quickened understanding) but in trust – first. This leads to more revelation of what we are reading, as God has promised to lead us into more spiritual understanding:
However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.
We take it on board first, and then we are free to ask God what it really is saying.
The truth has been established of old. Jesus is the Only Begotten Son of God, He needs-must die on the cross to offer mankind a way back to relationship with God, there is a Gehenna to escape through Christ, there was a virgin birth and so on…
The exaltation of the intellect of man over the inspiration of scripture will produce all kinds of theories and unbiblical conclusions.
30 Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves.