Welcome to “In the hedge”
In this blog, I deal with issues facing the church today. These issues range from teaching, false doctrines, politics, false prophets, and errors taught in the church today.
I also want to uplift Jesus and teach the truths about the Christian faith. I want to teach on a level that is based on sola scriptura, on a level that is easy to understand, teachings for new Christians, and teachings for Christians who walked with Christ for years.
Some of my topics will be viewed as offensive to some people, but there are times we must call people in error out by name and appeal to them using the Scriptures.
Galatians 2:11-14 (NASB)
2:11 But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned.
12 For prior to the coming of certain men from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he began to withdraw and hold himself aloof, fearing the party of the circumcision.
13 The rest of the Jews joined him in hypocrisy, with the result that even Barnabas was carried away by their hypocrisy.
14 But when I saw that they were not straightforward about the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas in the presence of all, “If you, being a Jew, live like the Gentiles and not like the Jews, how is it that you compel the Gentiles to live like Jews?
In the above text, Paul called out Peter’s error in public in front of those following this error and anyone else who was around to hear it. Like with Paul’s example, I will try my best to deal with these errors in love and truth. Contrary to what many Christians want to believe, we are obligated to warn our fellow Christians about errors and false teachings.
Romans 16:17-20 (NASB)
16:17 Now I urge you, brethren, keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned, and turn away from them.
18 For such men are slaves, not of our Lord Christ but of their own appetites; and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting.
19 For the report of your obedience has reached to all; therefore I am rejoicing over you, but I want you to be wise in what is good and innocent in what is evil.
20 The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.
1 Timothy 1:18-20 (NASB)
1:18 This command I entrust to you, Timothy, my son, in accordance with the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you fight the good fight,
19 keeping faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and suffered shipwreck in regard to their faith.
20 Among these are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan, so that they will be taught not to blaspheme.
I do not call people out with malice, I am pleading that they refer to the Scriptures and truly study the issues in question.
I am not claiming to be correct all the time and perfect. I’m just striving to teach the Gospel and share my thoughts about the Bible and issues today.
Defending and contending for the truth is not always a popular thing to do. When exposing errors and false teachings, it creates some problems that must be confronted. In the Bible Jesus told us that He would cause division. Today many false teachers and false prophets rely upon unity and diversity in order to distract us from pointing out their errors. To many a sign of God’s blessings are in the form of success, the number of members, and good works. When dealing with doctrines the only thing that matters is the Word of God. Having financial success, large numbers of members, and performing good works does not pardon false doctrines and sin.
Matthew 10:32-36 (NASB)
10:32 “Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven.
33 “But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.
34 “Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.
35 “For I came to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law ;
36 and a man’s enemies will be the members of his household .