God and Jesus never change, it's only humans who flip and flop,
That’s true.....but unless you understand who “flip flopped” in the first place, a correction will not seem like one.
If what is false was presented as truth from our infancy, then someone comes along and shows you the real truth, what will be our first reaction?
Go back to the first century and see that Jesus ministry was one of correction.....he roundly denounced the religious leaders of his day and exposed their teachings as twisted and invalid. (Matthew 15: 7-9: Matthew 23:33) What was their reaction? They did not want to repent....they wanted to kill the one who was wounding their pride...to silence him in order to continue on in their wickedness.
hence these warnings..
"If anyone preaches a perverted gospel they're accursed" (Gal 1:6-9)
"Beware men who spoil you with enticing words, deceitful philosophy not after Christ" (Col 2:4-8 )
"Ignorant people distort things, to their own destruction" (2 Pet 3:16/17)
"Some shall believe seducing spirits and doctrines of devils" (1 Tim 4:1)
"Little children, let nobody lead you astray" (1 John 3:7)
"Ungodly men have slipped in among you" (Jude 4)
"Don't get carried away by strange teachings" (Heb 13:9)
"They want to win you over and alienate you from us" (Gal 4:17)
"False prophets will bring damnable heresies and false teachers" (2 Pet 2:1)
"For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear" (2 Tim 4:3)
"Many deceiving antichrists are in the world" (2 John 1:7)
Jesus said:-"Many false prophets shall arise and deceive many" (Matt 24:11)
Please apply these verses to Christendom.....which came into existence after Jesus and the apostles died, gradually bringing in beliefs and practices not known to the first Christians. This is what these verses were warning about because it was already happening back then. The “weeds” of Jesus’ parable were not sown recently. The great apostasy was already at work.
So, the deception took place a very long time ago. It was only at “the time of the end” that a cleansing was foretold for God’s worshippers....those who accepted the cleansing would be refined and impurities removed, but the “wicked” (those who rejected the cleansing to continue teaching the old lies,) would be given no insight or understanding. (Daniel 12:4, 9-10)
You have no idea of the number of beliefs and practices held in the divided churches of Christendom that have their origins in paganism. You were taught by your own teachers that these were legit. There is no such thing as “non-denominationalism”.....because that is just a convenient excuse to hold whatever beliefs you want....it doesn’t mean unity.....you just don’t openly fight over them.
And Jesus reminds us-
"Call nobody teacher except me" (Matt 23:8-10)
And yet Jesus himself appointed teachers.....I wonder why....? Could it be that without teachers to guide the flock, people would just believe whatever they wished. Since when has God ever left his people without teachers and shepherds? These were to keep the congregations united in one truth. (1 Cor 1:10) Are non-denominational Christians united in their beliefs? Do you all just read the Bible and come to your own conclusions? When has God ever said that this is the way to worship him?
Without the standard of one truth, people can believe whatever they like.....but it doesn’t make Joe Bloggs any more correct that Fred Grundy....because if they are both wrong, what was the point?
Agreeing to disagree is not Christianity. The truth is lost in a maze of opinions and “man made traditions” that have no meaning to God and are completely absent from scripture......but it seems to be preferred to adhering to things you don’t like, or don’t want to accept. This is the basis for our judgment.....we will all have the same judge who is looking for those who don’t deny the truth when they hear it.
Correction is hard because no one wants to admit that they might be wrong......it takes humility to accept something that is plainly revealed and to make an adjustment to what you believe. The opposite of humility of course, is pride, and humans are really bad at fighting it. What they
want to believe becomes more important than what God
wants to teach them.
There are only two roads, Dropship.....and we are all on either one or the other. (Matthew 7:13-14)