Thursday, August 18, 2005

New Poll


Over the next couple of weeks I would like to feed my own curiosity. For the first time ever I have put a poll on “CupofCoffeeTalk.” I am interested to see what you view the most dangerous movement in the Church to be. I will not give you my answer; quite frankly I don’t know what I would answer. Don’t feel offended if you made the list. I tried to include quite a few different perspectives with some broad-stroke labels. And just in case I left anyone out I included an "other" category. If you choose "other" leave a comment somewhere to let everyone know what that other is. We all need to have our spiritual antennas up, but what are we looking for.

The question is...


"...which movement within professing Christianity is the most dangerous right now to the true Church?"

4 Comments:

Blogger Morgan said...

Good question Paul... that was a hard one to pick.

18/8/05 7:37 PM  
Blogger Sue said...

I am the one who picked "other." The "other" I wished was on the list was "Division." All of the items on your list were based on individual interpretations of Scripture. Jesus never said "Believe in Me and have all of your doctrine right." He said "Believe in Me and love one another." That's the most dangerous thing in churches today - that we believe we're the ones who have it right, and if you don't agree with me, you're a heretic." I promise you, Jesus is horrified.

19/8/05 8:40 AM  
Blogger Paul said...

Sue,

Division is definitely a problem. We could just find a way to love as Christ loves, find a way to see things from Christ's perspective. So a agree with that. I would be careful though, part of loving how Christ loves, and seeing thigns from Christ perspective involves understanding things How Christ understands them.
Unfortunately because of sin we have all of these doctrinal differences. We it were not for our fallen minds we would be able to understand Scripture. It is important to understand this so that we can live with our brothers and sisters who see things from a different perspective.
But we must also have our spiritual antennas up so that we will not be led away by the inds of false doctrine. We must be careful because there are some out there teaching a gospel that does not represent God's Grace very well.

Blessings,
Paul

19/8/05 9:01 AM  
Blogger Sue said...

Paul, no question that's true. But it is my belief that people tend to be objectionists more from a position of pride than love and discernment. The warnings in the bible about false prophets and teachers tend to center on legalism, false gospel (as opposed to false doctrine of secondary issues like the rapture, dispensationalism, tongues, etc.), end-times prophesy, believing in Jesus as resurrected Son of God, and those sorts of things. Jesus said we would know each other by our fruit. He didn't mention anything about our understanding of secondary doctrine. I think He left that out because He knew we were fallen and that we'd only have the whole truth when we are like Him because we see Him for who He is. I think we, as a fallen Christian society, tend to get bogged down in the insignificant doctrinal issues while ignoring the bigger commandment to love one another. (Would Jesus call us hypocrites? White-washed tombs?) We are still a people looking for reasons to 'best' one another rather than ways to unite in Him. It's quite heart-breaking, actually. Thanks for the opportunity to speak out. Sue

23/8/05 3:04 PM  

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