by Dr. Charles Stanley
Wednesday June 28, 2006
Being Christ’s Church in a Deceitful Society
As has been true of every age, erroneous thinking is prevalent today. For the church to be able to withstand the bombardment of false teaching, we must have:
Strong Convictions. Teachers of incorrect doctrine can be very persuasive as they lead unsuspecting listeners into wrong thinking, confusion, and discouragement. In contrast, true doctrine strengthens and encourages. For example, since salvation is by faith in Christ alone, works are an expression of faith, not a requirement for heaven (Ephesians 2:8-10); there is no condemnation for those who belong to Jesus, because the penalty for our sins—past, present, and future — has been paid (Romans 8:1; Colossians 1:14 NLT); and our adoption into the heavenly Father’s family is permanent (Ephesians 1:5).
A deepening relationship with Jesus. To hold firm to the truth of the Gospel,we must be settled in our understanding of who Christ is. Though some claim Jesus was a good person or perhaps even a prophet, we know He is fully God, who existed before Creation and came to earth to rescue mankind. Others will argue that Jesus is not the only way to the Father. But they fail to understand that reconciliation with God requires that sin’s penalty be paid in full by one who is sinless. Only Jesus, the perfect Son of Man, could meet God’s requirement. That is why Jesus called Himself the “door” through which we enter God’s family (John 10:9).
A clear understanding of Scripture will enable us to distinguish truth from error. How firmly grounded are you and your church family in the Bible’s key doctrines?
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