As promised last posting, I am going to look at things that have changed, and not for the better.
I actually was going to post yesterday, I am having a bad sinus problem and also my thoughts were running wild. Where to start? So much has change and is changing faster than we can even think.
My thoughts ran to church. Churches. Preaching vs. teaching. What has happened to Biblical Christianity?
I will share where my mind went and will need to take more posts to explain all that I will say here.
I was sheltered for a long time. My first husband was a pastor who exegetically expounded the Word of God. Biblically, this is what a pastor is to do, and He did it well. He knew his Greek and Hebrew and studied the Bible in the languages it was written in. He knew the rules of interpretation as well as tried to teach us how to understand and use the rules.
I learned how much you need to pay attention to context, to who was saying what and to who it was being said to in order to know how it applies to us today.
Getting the Word and knowing how to read it and understand; the importance of it in my living out day to day life; knowing that some things we just do not understand yet, but it does not rock my faith or change the rest of the Word as truth, became a part of me. Sheltered from what was going on in the outside world of “Christianity”, until August 1999.
In August of ’99 my husband went home to the Lord. I went through an awful lot, most of which I am not going to discuss here, but I found out later I was in shock and went into post traumatic stress disorder. (found out much later!)
Part of all that happened to me was the change in what was being preached. Preachers were called in and were giving “devotionals” or as one pastor since put it, “sermonettes for Christianettes”.
I went from church to church searching, but not sure what for. I really had not had the ability to connect what was missing. I did know there was no meat of the Word, just talking with a Scripture here or there.It took some time, but I began to see that pastor’s were not preaching the Word, and that it was widespread.
In 2005 I remarried. My husband was on the staff of the church and so my searching was over, for better or worse this was my church. (NO, he was not the pastor, but the building administrator)
It did not take long to see that the preaching was off base. Rules of interpretation were ignored, context ignored, entire Biblical teaching was twisted. His agenda was clear and was far from Biblical. I was hungering and thirsting for the pure Word of God, the meat and it was not there.
Books were being exegetically expounded on, but not books of the Bible. The Bible was a verse here or there, even if pulled out of context, to “prove” what the other book was saying or what was his agenda.
My husband and I fought. He was so raised in this type of “preaching” that he did not see that is was not Biblical.
This pastor actually made the statement that “we do not teach doctrine here, doctrine divides, we teach what unifies”. Sounds nice, but what does the Bible say? (Spoken to a young pastor)
holding fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching, so that he will be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict.
But as for you, speak the things which are fitting for sound doctrine.
Furthermore, doctrine is meant to divide to keep out false teaching:
As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming;
1 Timothy 6:3
If anyone advocates a different doctrine and does not agree with sound words, those of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the doctrine conforming to godliness,he is conceited and understands nothing; but he has a morbid interest in controversial questions and disputes about words, out of which arise envy, strife, abusive language, evil suspicions…
1 Timothy 4:1
But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons…
If doctrine is not preached, Biblical doctrine, than how will we know what false doctrine is and if it is infiltrating our church?
While sitting in the church and hearing the Word pulled out of context I asked myself why no one was seeing that what was being taught was no Biblical?
God answered, but that will be the next post.