If I had a dollar for every email (or comment) that I’ve receive admonishing me to “stop causing division” or recognize that “the only thing that matters is that we love each other”, then I could retire and blog full time.
Alas, I can’t continue to chuckle to myself when confronted with such simple retorts. I am compelled to dig through the Word of God to stress the importance of following sound doctrine and the TRUE Gospel, not the candy-coated stuff that is satisfying the appetites of the immature today.
Below is a video posted by Lane Chaplin (another of my favorite youtube evangelists). This video is part of a series entitled “The Sovereignty of God”. Below, Mark Kielar (the host) lays out the case for the importance of sticking with sound doctrine verses the “can’t we all just be friends” outcry:
“Sound Doctrine Just Divides… It’s Love That Matters!”
I love one of Mark’s quotes from the video (my emphasis in bold):
“Ah, we need to forget about the differences in our doctrines, and we just need to love one another.” as though those two are consistent goals. Surely they haven’t come to realize that the only way we can love right is to live right, and the only way we can live right is to believe right.
The seeker-sensitive, emergent, , ecumenical, “inclusion” peddling, relevant church proponents don’t want to get into deep discussions on biblical doctrine because it scares too many people away from the “friendly church model” they try so desperately to market to fill pews.
If sound doctrine didn’t matter, then why would God so painstakingly lay down His precepts through His inspired Word over and over again? Wouldn’t it just be simple to let everyone do what they wanted to do according to their own “moral center”, thereby ensuring that EVERYBODY was right?
Thank God through Jesus Christ that His Word clearly dileneates His idea of true love (my emphasis in bold):
1 John 3:18-20 (New American Standard Bible)
18 Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.
19 We will know by this that we are of the truth, and will assure our heart before Him
20 in whatever our heart condemns us; for God is greater than our heart and knows all things.
We exhibit our love for God and man by adhering to God’s truth, not by “getting along with everyone”.