Thursday, March 24, 2011
Doctrine or Opinion? Your Thoughts...
We read scriptures in the Bible where God speaks to His people saying, "Thou shalt not" and His people, instead of obeying, decide to go ahead and follow their own heart and do whatever they please. (Jeremiah 6:16 - "Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.")
One thing that is becoming rampant amongst the Christians of today is the refusal of true doctorine and the wholehearted acceptance of personal beliefs. Instead of dilligently searching the Scriptures and taking the Bible as a whole, many pick key verses to base their doctrine around. That should not be so.
The list below are issues that have come up within the last few weeks and it has burdened my heart to see the people of God - the chosen, set-apart, sanctified people - lax and lenient with these basic subjects in Scripture. Making excuses to blanket sin, and making excuses to lower the high expectations of a Holy God, far too many excuse themselves from "this or that" and refuse to take a literal God as...well....literal.
So the below list are issues that have caused debate. Before I give MY take on each one, I'd like some feedback on YOUR take. And please, do not base it around opinion. We, as God's people, should be after doctrine. His doctrine. So use verses and passages straight from the Word of God to prove your point.
Drinking. Is it right? Is it wrong?
Living with someone before marriage. Is it right? Is it wrong?
Divorce. Is it right? Is it wrong?
Divorce and remarriage. Is it right? Is it wrong?
Listening to ungodly music. Is it right? Is it wrong?
Watching or reading unholy things. Is it right? Is it wrong?