A Brief Statement of Purpose

The great­est dan­ger fac­ing Chris­tians does not come from pub­lic edu­ca­tion, the king­dom of the cults, or world reli­gions. To put it anoth­er way, the great­est dan­ger does not come from sci­en­tists, Chris­t­ian Sci­en­tists, or Scientologists.

It comes from with­in the church!

What is this dan­ger? It is the sup­plant­i­ng of the cen­tral­i­ty of the Lord Jesus Christ and the pri­ma­cy of the Word of God in wor­ship. Rather than go to the Lord and His Word, the tra­di­tions of men are brought into the church­es, taught as dog­ma, and forced into the Word of God as if it should have been there to begin with.

These com­mand­ments and doc­trines of men sound like this, “Do not touch, do not taste, do not handle,”:”(Colossians 2:21.)”: but such reg­u­la­tions have only the appear­ance of wis­dom. Think about that for a moment. That means that these false teach­ings will seem like bib­li­cal teach­ing, but the resem­blance is only sur­face lev­el. This “wis­dom” will find its strength in self-imposed reli­gion, false humil­i­ty, and neglect of the body,:”(Colossians 2:23.)”: but it in no way is glo­ry­ing to Christ.

In Paul’s day, the prob­lems includ­ed such things as the for­bid­ding of mar­riage and absti­nence from meats;:”(1 Tim­o­thy 4:3.)”: the peo­ple teach­ing these things — which Paul describes as “doc­trines of devils”:”(1 Tim­o­thy 4:1.)”: — like­ly were using pas­sages from the Old Tes­ta­ment to add sub­stance to their man-made reli­gion. This same kind of thing is still trip­ping of Chris­tians today; a notable dif­fer­ence is that now peo­ple have twen­ty-sev­en more books of the Bible:”(The New Tes­ta­ment.)”: to mis­use in sup­port of their own agendas.

We cer­tain­ly have such issues today; for example:

  • The King-James-Only Move­ment, which pro­motes the King James Ver­sion as the only god­ly trans­la­tion of the Bible in the Eng­lish lan­guage. That this is a man-made doc­trine is evi­dent in the fact that it would have been impos­si­ble to main­tain in, say, the year 1610. There are numer­ous argu­ments that adher­ents to this move­ment use and I believe Chris­tians ought to be aware of them and how to reply to them biblically.
  • The oppo­nents of Con­tem­po­rary Chris­t­ian Music, Chris­t­ian rock, or oth­er forms of non-tra­di­tion­al Chris­t­ian music would have Chris­tians to believe that cer­tain styles of music are inher­ent­ly sin­ful and that adding Chris­t­ian lyrics to these styles is blas­phe­my against God. Chris­tians should be aware of their rea­son­ings and know how to refute them scripturally.
  • Believ­ers in the­is­tic evo­lu­tion, the Gap The­o­ry, and oth­er such vari­a­tions on the actu­al words of Gen­e­sis assume and teach that based upon what sci­ence claims we are able to arbi­trar­i­ly cre­ate divi­sions in Gen­e­sis, denot­ing some chap­ters to be fig­u­ra­tive while oth­ers are lit­er­al. Such an approach cer­tain­ly has the appear­ance of wis­dom, but it destroys the integri­ty and foun­da­tion of the entire Word of God. As with the pre­vi­ous two exam­ples, some­thing oth­er than the Word of God is made an author­i­ty, and so it is impor­tant for Chris­tians to know how to counter adher­ents to com­pro­mised teach­ings regard­ing Genesis.

Such issues per­me­ate fun­da­men­tal church­es, though I’m cer­tain­ly not try­ing to “attack” such church­es. I count myself a fun­da­men­tal­ist in many ways. How­ev­er, these teach­ings like all oth­ers are sub­ject to testing.:”(1 Thes­sa­lo­ni­ans 5:21.)”: This means that As the Bere­ans did,:”(Acts 17:10,11.)”: so must we Chris­tians of today do.

Tim­o­th­y’s Bur­den is all about stay­ing true to the doc­trine com­mit­ted to us in the Bible. In a world where peo­ple are seek­ing teach­ers who will ful­fill their own desires (for tra­di­tion, for glo­ry, and so on), it is vital­ly impor­tant to remem­ber the thrust of Paul’s advice:”(2 Tim­o­thy 4:2.)”: to Tim­o­thy con­cern­ing such a situation:

Preach the Word!

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Rick Beckman