Questioning religious teaching
This is a topic that must be embraced if you are to truly understand the things of God.
I’m not suggesting that you be rude to anyone, or to sow discord among brethren. I’m simply advising you to prayerfully test everything that religion presents to you against the king James bible. Hey, if you don’t question what you’re hearing, then how will you know if you’re being taught truth or heresy?
As God opens the eyes of your understanding, you’re going to see the religious mind for what it is. Most religious people wouldn’t openly say that someone’s morality is the way of salvation, but the religious mind secretly believes that. Only the Lord can reveal the peace & knowledge of what it means to rest in the finished work of Christ.
Moreover, a few examples of some of the religious false teachings out there is religion’s “isms” (systematic theologies). “Isms” such as calvinism, dispensationalism, arminianism, and preterism. What religion does is, they set up schools that promote their pet “ism,” and then they put those doctrines on top of the word of God, and make the bible subject to man’s reasoning. Which is of course heresy and religious idolatry.
If you’ll simply study your king James bible independent of the influence of any religious “ism,” you’ll clearly see that every one of man’s concocted systematic theologies is full of holes. Every single one of them can easily be overturned by a large volume of scripture. The fact is, scripture is full of paradoxes that we will never fully understand this side of glory. So what we should do is respect the tensions in scripture, and accept that we don’t know everything, and that God is bigger and smarter than we are. Childlike humility, (not a know-it-all mindset), is the proper way to think when dealing with the things of God.
I can remember back in the mid 1980s when I was a young adult, I was immersed into the charismatic scene for a year or so. And if you were to ask me back then what being a Christian was all about, I would probably have given you a pentecostal-type answer. I had a lot of zeal, but I also burnt out and abandoned God for decades. Why is that? It’s because my foundation wasn’t right, all I had was false religion. I blindly accepted whatever I was taught, and I didn’t truly understand the gospel. I wasn’t truly resting in the finished work of Christ back then. So decades later, (after I knew for a fact that God had saved me), I went back to visit my old charismatic church to see how they were doing things, and that experience was very interesting for me. I sat there as a spectator this time, listening to the very same preacher preach, but this time what I heard him preach was blatant heresy, (the same heresy that I was utterly blind to decades earlier). Additionally, it’s also worth mentioning that charismatic and pentecostal-type preachers are frequently narcissistic in nature. They love to manipulate and/or control people, and they take great offence at anyone who dares to question whatever they do or teach, (which makes sense for false prophets to do). Misrepresenting scripture is all they do, and they count on their followers to lack meaningful scriptural discernment as they wrest scripture to their advantage. So please don’t follow those ravening wolves, get away from them.
And similarly, all of the mortal super-star religious figures that are walking around today are also wolves in sheep’s clothing. You’ll find that one of the common denominators among false prophets is how they showcase man, (be it their self, or you).
But please don’t think that gross religious heresy is limited to the charismatic or super-star religious personalities. I’ve also personally experienced spiritual darkness in mainstream religion as well. I’ve personally sat under teaching in mainstream religion that violates the law of God by putting Christians under the law, mixing law & grace, not teaching anything about resting in the finished work of Christ.
Mainstream religion also frequently speaks double-talk. Teaching that salvation is a free gift from God by grace through faith, while at the same time teaching that someone must repent “of their sins” to be saved. As well as teaching blatant heresies such as “progressive” sanctification. (A huge amount of religion is a land of confusion).
[See chapter 1 for more information about “repentance,” chapter 2 for more information about “resting in the finished work of Christ,” and chapter 7 about “sanctification” please].
So I now conclude this section about questioning religious teaching with appropriate scripture for your consideration that warns us about specific dangers within religion.
(A warning against division, and a warning about being identified by anyone other than the Lord Jesus Christ, (which would include religious denominations)
1 Corinthians 1.10-13
10 “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
11 For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you.
12 Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ.
13 Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?”
1 Corinthians 3.1-7
1 “And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.
2 I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.
3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?
4 For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?
5 Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?
6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.
7 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.”
(Here’s a warning against listening to anyone who teaches another gospel. See chapter 1 for much more information about that)
6 “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.”
(And here’s a warning against legalism)
Colossians chapter 2
1 “For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh;
2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;
3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
4 And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words.
5 For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ.
6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:
7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:
17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
18 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,
19 And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.
20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,
21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not;
22 Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?
23 Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.”
Thank you for considering this topic with me about questioning religious teaching.
All glory to the risen Lord Jesus Christ, and no glory to us whatsoever.