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Friday, September 20, 2002

Edifier du Jour-This came from our Bible study last night-1 Timothy 4:1-6(NASB)
1 But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, 2 by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron, 3 men who forbid marriage and advocate abstaining from foods which God has created to be gratefully shared in by those who believe and know the truth. 4 For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with gratitude; 5 for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer. 6 In pointing out these things to the brethren, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, constantly nourished on the words of the faith and of the sound doctrine which you have been following.
Heresies don't always come from the liberal side of the aisle. Some heresies take away from the Gospel, things like the divinity or atoning death of Christ or God's omnipotence or omniscience, but others add to the gospel. Those additive heresies might be in good Bible-preaching churches who have turned a good thing into a requirement of salvation or taking an optional thing and turning it into a requirement or a sin. The believer is supposed to be able to tell the difference between an real Gospel and one that has been either stripped away or burdened with extrabiblical doctrine. We're also supposed to point those out to our brothers. It sometimes isn't pretty, but it's needed.

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