“…we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting…”
Ephesians 4:14 NKJV
Christianity is a historic faith with a definite origin. For the integrity of the gospel to be preserved, the message must be unadulterated. While the presentation of the message might differ in delivery, the truth of the word should remain the same.
If Jesus is the same today as He was yesterday, then the message must be the same today as it was yesterday.
Why? Christianity and by extension, the Bible is God’s promises revealed by the prophets (Hebrews 1:1), fulfilled by Christ (Matthew 5:17, John 5:39), explained by the apostles (1 John 1:2), and passed down to us (Galatians 1:8-9, 2 Timothy 2:2).
Therefore, you should honour the written word and value it for your growth and that of others also. As our anchor scripture says, a good sign of growth is that you’re not “tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine.”
In your honour for the word, your response to wrong doctrines is to vehemently fight against it. This is how we contend for the faith! (Jude 1:3)
Paul was not tolerant of people who preached wrong doctrine. In Philippians 3:2, he referred to them as ‘dogs,’ ‘evildoers,’ “those who mutilate the flesh.” He warned Timothy further in 1 Timothy 6.
“If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing.” -1 Timothy 6:3-4B ESV
Dear believer, grow in the word. Be mindful of the company you keep and guard your heart against error. Stay true to the word. Contend for the faith. Preach the same message Jesus and the Apostles preached.
Bible Reading Plan:
Luke 14:1-14, 1 Timothy 3:1-10, Proverbs 4, Ezra 6