When a man does terrible things he has to live with himself, but when a church leader does terrible things others have to live with what he has done. One such terrible indictment is false doctrine, or the lack of doctrine, infiltrating our churches today at such an alarming rate and has become so prevalent in our culture, truth has become a free for all. The “whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:27) is fragmented as church leaders strive to be relevant in our society rather than defending and proclaiming the faith. Deception prospers when preaching is patchy and the Gospel message is diminished. Many today go to great length to avoid publicizing the full truth of God’s Word being more occupied with making the church seem cool to unbelievers they can’t be bothered with whether or not their doctrine is wobbly.
“The only infallible interpreter of what we see in nature or know innately in our own consciences is the explicit revelation of Scripture. Since Scripture is also the one place where we are given an infallible account of Christ, the Bible is the touchstone to which all truth-claims should be brought and by which all other truth must finally be measured.“
– The Truth War/John MacArthur
The gospel has been cheapened today to the point where truth isn’t even on the back burner, it’s been taken completely off the stove and the majority don’t care so long as their “felt needs” are met. Sensationalism has so permeated the church that those who hear the Berean call are now suspect by the church. It is those who search the Scripture for truth and question the faulty teaching of church leadership who are pushed out. Church leadership has developed a ministerial immunity as they project all sorts of strange doctrine but lack in having any realism in the Scripture. One such example is Bill Johnson in an article he wrote called “Apostolic Teams” (www.bjm.org) where he states, “There are major changes in the “wind” right now. For the last several years people have started to gather around fathers instead of doctrine.” In his view, doctrines only has a measure of success but is not proficient to bring unity. To Bill, unity of this nature is based upon uniformity, today, God is saying something new. Though Bill believes doctrine is divisive, good doctrine, sound doctrine is not the problem. When division in the Body of Christ occurs over doctrine, it’s not the fault of doctrine itself, it’s our perception of said doctrine. All that God wants to say and has said is discovered in Scripture, there is nothing new. It’s the “new and the fresh” revelations which are causing division, not doctrine.