"We are called to peace as God's people. We are called to war as God's people. We are called to peace with those who are like-minded in the gospel of Jesus Christ. We are called to war with those, to contend for the faith against those, who oppose the truth of the Word of God."
I once heard "Religion Tolerance is an act of terrorism on the truth", and I have to agree 100%. How can we compromise the truth for the sake of Tolerance. The problem is truth divides, the bible speaks of it. Doctine should be enbraced instead of being feared. We should want to study it, speak about it and apply it.
ALL Scripture is God breathed and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work (2 Tim. 3.16-17).
When I hear people speak of tolerance, when discussing the Word of God, when people say, "Well we need be tolerant and watch the words we speak, just in case we offend someone." I say, "Phooey!!!" No mater how loving you talk about the truth of God, if the other person is not regenerated, they will be offended! The Truth offends and it divides! Biblical love will never minimize how import Bible Doctrine is.
We should not fear doctrine, we should embrace it, and we should want to discuss it. That's what mature Christians do as they seek to grow up in the faith. A church that is will grow and thrive on doctrinal discussions, and the results will be believers who understand the mind of God better, and who love one another more through the process.
(Revelation 3:15-16) "I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth."
There are too many churches out there that are sacrificing the Word of God in the name of tolerance. The Purpose Driven Life is a good example of that. If you go the Lighthouse Trail site you can read up on it and so much more. I would encourage you to do so...
Getting back to Tolerance, you hear about and see it so much in the churches now a days. People will be first comers and I hear members say to one another, let's take this slow we don't want to scare them away. Phooey again!! This may be the only chance that you may get to share the gospel with that person.
I am amazed at the lack of knowledge folks have concerning the Word of God. (I'm not saying I know it all, because I have so much to learn yet) My husband taught at the last church we we were members of and I was amazed when he taught about the "Doctrine of Grace" how some of the folks were offended by the fact that God elects. They came a couple of times as Jim taught through the Doctrines of Grace and by the time he got to "Limited Atonement" they never returned. Again, because Jim did not give them the answers they wanted and tolerate their unbelief, doctrine divided again, with even christians???
If we truly love a brother or sister,we will not tolerate their ignorance of the Word. We will do our best to help them understand and turn it over to God. God is more than able to open the persons heart to understanding, but then He uses His own also to help. True Unity never come at the expense of Truth. True unity can only happen when we can function together in the truth. (Eph. 4 1-6) The ones that hold back on unity are the ones that do not stand obidient to the Word Of God. When doctrine becomes the problem, truth must prevail!
Good Quote.."... The response to these people? 'Turn away from them' ... We as believers are to pay close attention, to watch out for, those who are causing dissension and hindrances by teaching contrary to the Word of God, and we are to turn away from them. Have nothing to do with them ... Anyone who advocates doctrine contrary to the Word is creating conflict within the body of Christ ... And dissension/division is always the result ... We must carefully, carefully evaluate the content of what is being presented. There is no other way to discern evil.
Tolerance is not something a christian should ever do to go against God's Word. The more we become tolerant the more we are going to see the building and the growth of The ecumenical Church. We are at war with the world and the more we don't water down the Word of God, the stronger the battle will be. Satan is cheering for the tolerance the churches are practicing today. We need to put the full armor of God on and fight the good fight! Get the true Gospel out there!