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Just How Dangerous Is Religious Error?
Just How Dangerous Is Religious Error?
Can we safely say that religious error exists? The polite gesture is, "You practice and teach what you believe, and we'll do the same. And we'll all get along, focusing on what we have in common, and ignoring where we differ." This is extremely dangerous!!
If one can be proven to be religiously in error, just how dangerous would it be?
2 Thessalonains 2:10-12 – "And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” Believing error, ("the lie" in this passage), results in condemnation for all eternity.
2 Timothy 2:16-18 – "But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. And their word will eat as doth a canker: Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.” The word of ungodliness, labeled "worldly and empty chatter," leads men astray from the truth, upsets the faith of others, and causes cancer within the Lord's body.
Matthew 7:21-23 – "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” Engaging in erroneous works, that we think are appropriate but do not have the Lord's approval, will cause the Lord Himself to order our eternal departure from His presence.
One cannot help but notice how Jesus dealt with others deemed to have been in religious error. Jesus labeled the Pharisees as "blind" and headed for the "ditch" - both they and those who followed them (Matthew 15:14 – "Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.”). All this began with a discussion comparing God's commands with man's traditions (Matthew 15:1-9 – "Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying, Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread. But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death. But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition. Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.”
When it comes to many things in life, being wrong doesn't carry significant consequences. We've all made bad investments, made a wrong turn, etc. Disaster in some degree may have come upon us, but we lived through those times. However, when it comes to our most precious asset - our soul (Mark 8:36-37 – "For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” - we absolutely cannot afford to be wrong. Being wrong in this area is extremely dangerous for a long time...forever!
1/17/10 - PM
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