Posted by: Yvonne | March 18, 2009

At the Morning Watch…Doctrine Divides

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Do not think that I [Jesus] came to bring peace on earth.  I did not come to bring peace but a sword. ” 
Matthew 10:34

Jesus’ words could be no truer today!  The ‘sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God’ (Eph. 6:17) will divide Truth from error.

It would seem, by the evidence of my ‘morning watch,’ that doctrine is a hot topic.  The Pilgrim writes at Defending. Contending. –”  Allow me to submit for your consideration, that “doctrine divides” is actually a good thing–a positive thing.”   You can read his ‘positive’ list of reasons here.

Question-Did Jesus experience God’s punishment for our sin on the Cross?

Apparently, William Young, author of The Shack, does not think so.  The doctrine of ‘penal substitutionary atonement’  is rejected by Young in this short YouTube clip of an interview discussing the Cross of Christ. 

Evangelist Mike Gendron, of Proclaiming the Gospel Ministry, tackles this same doctrinal issue of Christ’s perfect sacrifice in his latest newsletter.  He points out that “There is no mention of Purgatory during the first two centuries of the church.”   Titled “The Fatal Fable of a Sin-Purifying Fire,” the Catholic concept of Purgatory is historically explained and biblically debunked. 

Lastly, at Slice of Laodicea, Ingrid Schleuter points out that many pastors have taken on the role of Holy Spirit in their attempts to woo unbelievers.  She discerns that  “it requires endless new marketing strategies to keep up with the latest “branding” techniques, the latest fads, tastes and interests of the unregenerate.”   Obviously, the doctrine of God’s sovereignty in salvation needs to be reviewed by many leaders. 

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“Preach the word!  Be ready in season and out of season.  Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.” 
2 Timothy 4:2-4 

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