"I Thought" PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wayne Teel   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 00:00

In the last article we discussed the danger of jumping to false conclusions. In my limited space I cannot go into a great deal of detail but must be as brief as possible. Brevity is often a good thing. Sometimes we get too long winded and so we should be able to say what we want to say in as few words as possible. There is an art to that.

 

Everyone can be guilty of making false assumptions if they are not careful. Even Saul of Tarsus (apostle Paul) was guilty of that and he admitted it publicly. He persecuted Christians and put them to death thinking they were a false religion, so he said, “I verily thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth”(Acts 26:9-11). But he thought wrong! Think what a burden he would have to bear for killing Christians under a false assumption.

 

Many religious leaders have based their teachings on false assumptions today.  Because of this, untold numbers of people have been led astray from the truth by following them. Once a false doctrine gets a foothold in the minds of men, it is nearly impossible to stop it.

 

It seems the “Faith Only” doctrine is believed and practiced by many denominations today. The trouble with this doctrine is; it is NOT found in the Bible. The adherents of this doctrine have reached a false conclusion based upon what they “feel” and what they “want” the Bible to say, and not upon what the Bible actually teaches.

 

The Bible teaches we are saved by many, many things. Why do some people want to pick out only one of those things (faith), at the exclusion of all others, and base a false doctrine upon it? This kind of thinking is what leads to religious division and there is no justification for it!

 

Here are just four of the many things the Bible teaches saves us: grace and faith (Ephesians 2:8), repentance (Luke 13:3, 5), and water baptism (1 Peter 3:21). Some folks will gladly pick the first two but deny the last two. But are they not also taught in the Bible? I have been told by “faith only” adherents that 1 Peter 3:21 doesn’t mean what it says. Someone please explain away this verse to me.

 

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