by Bob Dasal
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears, and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables” (2 Tim. 4: 3-4).
When the Apostle Paul wrote these words to Timothy he knew the struggles and trials the church would face could be devastating. A recent event in the Episcopal Church, that dominated the news media for a week in August, is only the latest in a list of ongoing things working to destroy the biblical foundations of Christianity and Jesus’ Great Commission to take the gospel to the ends of the earth. Some in places of authority in churches and denominations practice heresies, teach false doctrines, are involved in scandals of all kinds, and encourage a culture of open rebellion to God and His Word.
Conservative Anglican pastor Robert S. Biermann recently said, “It seems that the very nature of the church is being re-invented to suit the desires of people, rather than the desires of Almighty God. Currently many once-great church bodies in our nation (and even the world) find themselves in a theological crisis that threatens to rip them apart. This systematic secularization of the sacred is no more than man’s feeble attempt to become an authority greater than Holy God.”
His statement reminds me of an old saying, “The water outside the boat may toss it, but it’s only the water in the boat that can sink it.” Attacks on Christianity by outside forces are not the greatest danger. Attacks from within are Christianity’s greatest danger. In this light we must give heed to the words of Jude: “Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints” (Jude 1:3).
Christianity is not defined by what we may think or believe, but by what the Bible says. True Christianity is biblical Christianity. Biblical Truth will always reveal error and will result in what Paul says to Timothy: “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness; that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works” (2 Tim. 3:16,17). Genuine Christians are willing to be corrected and instructed, and MUST separate themselves from those who claim to be believers, but who openly and unapologetically embrace evil and heresy.