26
Jul
16

In a twinkling of an eye…

As a keystone in ministry, the Ephesians Chapter Four mandate compels us to teach the Bible and doctrine as expounded in verse 12,

unto the building up of the body of Christ: (ASV).

So you can imagine my heartbreak to hear another brother declare almost proudly, “I don’t know anything about doctrine!”

It also surprised me when a longtime associate recently voiced a changed opinion about an “endtime” event.

There are three commonly held opinions about the timing of  the “catching away” of the church: pre-tribulation, mid-tribulation, post-tribulation, as well as the belief that there is no rapture. Strangely enough, each position has verses of Scripture to back them up!

This makes it confusing and difficult for ministers to equip mature saints for God’s work

Eph. 4: 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith,

Since this is not a salvation issue, it is divisive to be overly insistent about your preferred viewpoint. One time a very upset Christian contacted me overseas when a visiting preacher called any belief that did not agree with what s/he was teaching blasphemy. That does not mean that there are not areas where you cannot bend. There are and should be when it comes to someone’s eternel destiny!

Give diligence to present yourself approved by God, a workman who doesn’t need to be ashamed, properly handling the Word of Truth (2Ti 2:15 WEB).

John Wesley used four sources to come to theological conclusions: Scripture, Tradition, Reason, and Experience. Used in combination you can evaluate the principles in question to form a solid foundation…

that we may be no longer children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, Eph 4:14 (ASV).

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