Wednesday, March 12, 2008

We're Not About Doctrine

From Monday's Pittsburgh Post Gazette:

Patricia Sheridan: Historically, religion has been used as a tool for war. You know, "My God is better than your God" sort of thing. How is your church different?

Joel Osteen: We try to focus on what we have in common rather than what we disagree on. We don't claim to know it all. We believe what we feel in the Bible is the truth. We're not about arguing and debating doctrine.

Well Joel, if you believe what you feel is true, and since feelings are notoriously unreliable and are no measure of truth, then your beliefs about the Deity of Christ, salvation, etc. may change in the future, correct?

As for not arguing and debating doctrine, what happened to Jude's admonition?

Jude 3-4: "Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt I had to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints. For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord."

What do you do with Paul's statements?: "As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain men not to teach false doctrines any longer 4nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies....Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers." (1 Timothy 1:3 and 4:16)

I know - you probably don't feel that it has been interpreted correctly.



At March 12, 2008 5:36 PM, Blogger Pastor Kent R. Schaaf said...

C'mon HH! Don't you know its about the right hair and having great looking teeth? Doctrine is for old, dusty theologians who think God works through things like Sacraments and even His own Word found in Holy Scripture. Get a grip, get a reality and get on board with the wide path.

At March 13, 2008 11:42 AM, Blogger Bob Hunter said...

I know, I need to repent in sackcloth and ashes.


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