Is Correction Acceptable Today?
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.... of selfish desires. There is always the possibility they do not want to be corrected or understand truth because their ways would have to be changed or they would have to admit they are wrong.

Rejecting truth and/or following false teaching is very dangerous. Again, I want to say that correction is healthy. When God shows anyone truth and it is declined, for whatever reason, God, Himself, will cause that one to continue believing lies and be damned. Why?

  • "......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." (II Thess. 2:10b- 12).
  • I don't even want you to just accept what I write as the truth without checking it out in the Scriptures; without rightly dividing it by God's truth. That is why I use so much Scripture in everything I write or teach.

    Is correction acceptable today? Many times when we read something or hear something that goes against what we believe, the very first thing that happens is, our old carnal nature flares up, our pride gets wounded and right away we get defensive and angry. So many Christians cannot sit down together and study the Scriptures and then agree on what is true. It shouldn't matter who is right or who is wrong. The important thing is, you have learned truth from the Word of God and hopefully agree on what God said. Pride should never be a factor when our spiritual destination hangs in the balance. That is why the old nature must die, so we can be led of the Holy Spirit and be conformed to the image of God's Son. Then we will all be led into the same truth of God's foundational doctrine.

    Sure, some are going to disagree on a few things in Scripture, but they will be, or should only be things that are not vital to our salvation or our walk with God. Don't let tiny disagreements over things that are of lesser importance, destroy friendships with brothers and sisters in the Lord. Some years ago and yet today, people have disagreements about dresses or pants for women, about jewelry, haircuts or hair styles, makeup, etc. Disputes like these are what caused so many denominations and different beliefs within denominations causing yet other branches of the same denomination.

    For example, within the Baptist denomination, there are Northern, Southern, Freewill and Fundamental, etc., in Pentecostalism there are Assembly of God, Church of God, Pentecostal, United Pentecostal, and Full Gospel, etc. The entire corporate body of Christ, the Church, should agree on the doctrines of Jesus Christ, which governs our repentance, redemption, baptism, our Christian conduct, our obedience to God and our eternal destination, and will, if each of us ask God for the truth and are led of His Spirit, regardless of our past teachings.

    I do know that we do not get anywhere with God until we admit to Him that we know nothing. Even God cannot teach those that already know everything or refuse to acknowledge they could be wrong. Remember, Heb. 12:5-6 says the Lord rebukes, chastens, scourges and gives correction to those He loves.

    The Lord said,

  • "Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled". (Matt. 5:6).
  • Only if we are hungry and thirsty for Him, His righteousness and His truth will He feed us. He will not force feed anyone.

  • "Shew me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths. Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day." (Psalms 25:4-5).

  • "The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.” (Psalms 25:9).

  • "What man is he that feareth the Lord? him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose." (Psalms 5:12).


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