Is Correction Acceptable Today?
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.
- "......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
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."
- "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
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