Truth or Doctrine

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as the church forsaken sound biblical teaching for the doctrines of men?  Have we become so involved in the things
of the world that we are overlooking the things of God?
These are very important questions to be concerned with in todays church. Most people would answer no to both of
these questions, however there are some who would say yes.
The reason for the yes answer maybe because of the leniency found in a lot of churches today.  Instead of being
transformed by the word of God, we are incorporating the laws of man. By doing so we are slowly compromising the
word.
For true believers the bible is the inspired word of God, inerrant and infallible from cover to cover. For them every
commandment found written within its pages is imperative to obtain the fullness of God's promises.
Commandments are not the only thing that Gods word has for the believer. It also contains the things that God loves,
the things that God hates, and the things that are an abomination to Him. You will also find promise after promise of
blessing and punishment.
It would appear that in some of todays churches, that the only concern they have is that of God's love, and His
blessings.  These are wonderful things to be concerned with, however, it is not a stopping place for those who truly
want to know God.
Although Gods love is the key ingredient of all churches, and His blessing a prominent factor, this is not the only aspect
of God.  We also must consider the requirements set forth in His word. God does have an expectation for all believers.
Jer. 29:11 "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to
give you an expected end."
Some may say that we only need to fill two of the commandments of God.  
Mt. 22:37-40 "Jesus said unto him, Thou
shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38 This is the first and great
commandment.
39 and the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.  40 On these two
commandments hang all the law and the prophets."  I don't think that this would be in question in any of our churches,
however, there is a remaining question.
If we love God, heart, mind, and soul, and our neighbors as ourselves, would we not also fulfill His commandments
concerning daily life issues?
It has been my experience that true love gives of itself and longs to please the one we love.  Now there's a thought, for
believers and unbelievers alike.  There is an old saying," that love is blind".  I'm sure that we could all agree to some
extent that this is true, however, it is only a temporary blindness.
Is it just me, or is not the reality of love knowledge.  What I mean is: the more you know, the closer you grow.  
Understanding the likes and dislikes of ones partner enables us to be pleasing to them.  Displaying heartfelt emotions of
love in our actions causes us to receive the same from those we love.
So Therefore, it appears that love and knowledge goes hand in hand with each other.  Without knowledge it is almost
impossible to please those that we love for great lengths of time.  After all, you wouldn't want to give someone you
loved a rose, if they were allergic to roses would you?  
So then, why would we not seek out the likes and dis-likes of God?  On a more personal note, it completely evades me
as to why anyone who claims to love God, would not want to know as much about Him as possible.
So has the word of God been compromised by the laws of man?  Has leniency become more important in our
churches than the commandments of God?  If so, I would suggest it is because these things exist in our homes, jobs,
and day to day lives.  You be the judge. After all it is your promises that are at stake. And it is your church. Isn't it?
2 Timothy 2:15 says, Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly
dividing the word of truth.  
19 says, Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal. The Lord
knoweth them that are His. And, Let everyone that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
Hmmmm, Isn't that interesting.  Study to show yourself approved to God, and depart from iniquity.  I guess I haven't
said anything that God hasn't already said.

                                   Love In Christ,
                                          
 Brother John

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