This is the final installment of my Heart to Heart series. I may post a follow up article later.
We live in a day of confusion and deception over several vital doctrines. The Gospel is under assault today just as it has been since the first century. It is, therefore, crucial that men of God, called by God to the ministry, declare God’s Word and resist assaults on the truth of God’s Word.
It is foolish to dismiss doctrinal deviation simply because its source is a previously trusted friend, fellowship, or institution. Fidelity to biblical truth is the greatest expression of love. When a man’s doctrine is brought into question and that question is based on published statements he has made, is it unreasonable to ask that man to clarify his doctrine and expect a clear, unvarnished answer? Is it unreasonable to search the Scriptures to determine the soundness of a man’s theological position?
The teaching of the “Crossless” gospel cannot be ignored. Even for those who have personal friendships at stake, fidelity to the Word of God must take precedence. The Psalmist wrote, “I am a companion of all them that fear thee, and of them that keep thy precepts,” (Psalm 119:63).
The Apostle Paul wrote, “And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed,” (2 Thessalonians 3:14).
The Bible plainly teaches that we are not to keep company with those who do not keep the Word of God.
What If You Have Been Wrong?
You may be an individual who has already adopted the teaching of the “Crossless” gospel. You may be on the fence about the issue. It is possible that after having read various articles at this blog you may feel that you made a mistake, or are about to make a mistake in regard to the “Crossless” interpretation of the Gospel.
It is my hope and prayer that if you are having reservations about the “Crossless” gospel, if you are having doubts about what you have been exposed to, you will take it before the Lord and search the Scriptures once again. Can a gospel message that eliminates the need for a lost man to believe in the finished work of Christ be the Gospel? Can a gospel message that strips the Lord’s titles (“the Christ” & “Son of God”) of their Deity be the Gospel of Jesus Christ?
Admitting you were wrong on a particular doctrine is one of the hardest things for a believer to do. It takes a high measure of belt-tightening and swallowing of pride to make an admission like that, but it is a sign of genuine character. It shows a teachable, humble spirit, and demonstrates your loyalty to Scripture. Christians who genuinely love and care for you will rally to your side and appreciate your candor and humility.
Please proceed to the final part in the series, Aftermath: Heart to Heart Series.
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