Introduction: Joel

(Joel) #1

Hi everyone

From past few months am baffled about the thought on too many false teachings in our community which has interviened. Some saying there is no Hell. Some saying we live in Heaven which is the Earth. Some saying there is no rapture etc…

My concern is many of our Brothers and Sisters in Christ are in great confusions because of false teachings and many Spiritual men are trying their best to rectify doctrinial isssues within themselves…

When are we gonna spread the good news, when we our selves got messes to clean up… The world is still dying without knowing our Savior Jesus.

How to get this sorted out…??
Correct me if am wrong.

(SeanO) #2

@Joeljjohnson Welcome! I think I would point out that not all doctrine is equally important - sincere believers in Christ can disagree about the rapture or the exact nature of the final judgment and still be devoted followers of Christ.

Not all doctrine is equally important. Some beliefs are at the very center of our Christian faith and to deny them is to deny Christ. Other beliefs are important to how we practice our faith and are therefore the cause of disagreement between many denominations, but these beliefs do not place us outside of Christ. Still other doctrines, such as eschatology, are difficult even for very learned and godly people to understand clearly and are therefore a matter of opinion.

The below article offers a fuller explanation of levels of doctrine and gives a helpful summary list of 4 levels of doctrine.

  1. absolutes define the core beliefs of the Christian faith;
  2. convictions , while not core beliefs, may have significant impact on the health and effectiveness of the church;
  3. opinions are less-clear issues that generally are not worth dividing over; and
  4. questions are currently unsettled issues.

Where an issue falls within these categories should be determined by weighing the cumulative force of at least seven considerations:

  1. biblical clarity;
  2. relevance to the character of God;
  3. relevance to the essence of the gospel;
  4. biblical frequency and significance (how often in Scripture it is taught, and what weight Scripture places upon it);
  5. effect on other doctrines;
  6. consensus among Christians (past and present); and
  7. effect on personal and church life.

(Kathleen) #3

Welcome to Connect, @Joeljjohnson! We’re glad that you’ve joined us here and pray that this community will be a place of encouragement and challenge as we all wrestle with the deep things of life. I share your passion for correct thinking, but agree with @SeanO that there are some things that we Christians can disagree about and remain each in the faith. For example, we can debate the nature of Hell or what the end of days will look like, but what’s not really up for debate is that there will be a final judgement. We may not know for sure what it looks like or how it will go, but we do know that we will all have to stand before God and answer to Him for our actions. What are some things that you would class as (what Sean referred to) as non-essentials? Do you believe there is such a things? :slight_smile: