Monday, August 21, 2006

TOLERANCE

"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!

Cristina

6 comments:

christovich79 said...

There surely is a battle raging. Satan and his followers want to steal our opportunities for happiness, and they want to replace them with misery.

We can fight back if we have uncompromised truth in the forefront of our minds. I am happier because of Jesus Christ, and I know others will be happier if they have a relationship with him.

Keep up the good work. Save as many as you can.

Anonymous said...

Hi Christovich,
Yes there is a battle, but we know it is already won and satan and his followers can not replace it with misery when we have Christ. You said "Save as many as you can",
That's not my job, Salvation is of the Lord.
Bill

Baptist Girl said...

Hello Christovich79 and Bill,

Yes,we have won the war and know the outcome but the battle is still here and we need to defend the truth. And I agree Bill, we don't do the saving.

Christovich79, I was wondering, what denomination are you? I see a few blogs on your iste that identify with Mormonism?

Cristina

Sherry said...

Hi, I saw your post on my site and thought I should respond and reach out to my fellow christians. I have been trying to find alot of people on blogs to reach out and get some kind of communication going with people.

Satan has not, won't, nor ever will be victorious over Christ!

I was never taught by man on how to read the Bible. Why? Because I don't trust ANY man in the flesh to tell the entire truth about Christ. I literally depend on, rely on,& trust with all faith in Christ by his Holy Spirit to teach me. He is the ONLY one. People tell me, you must be fed. So I say "What can a pastor teach me that Jesus Christ can't? Just because you can't see him does not mean that his holy spirit isn't there." After reading the Bible, I understand what was written. I just hope that others will always let Christ lead them in their daily lives.

It's that old saying, move over and let Christ take the wheel.

Your sister in Christ and God Bless you Baptist Girl!

Baptist Girl said...

Sherry,
Nice to meet you and well said!!You are 100% right Satan lost the battle long ago. Christ reigns! And yes we have the Holy Spirit to teach us :)

14:26 But the Comforter, [which is] the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

I am also seeking like-minded christians to share with and grow together with. I am enjoying blogging. It helps me get a lot of feelings out. Hope to hear from you again

In Christ
Cristina

Sherry said...

I just added you to my list of blogsites. I hope you will do the same. Your sister in Christ!