IS YOUR EYE ON THE DIRTY BATH WATER OR THE BABY?
Today’s topic, could be added to yesterday’s blog, “Some thoughts about being part of a local church”, but has a much broader application as well.
I had a dear friend who was an International Bible Teacher (he has since passed away) and he would often say “Make sure you keep truth in balance”. I must admit I have failed to do this numerous times over the years, but I am at last learning to seek to keep truth in balance.
There is a German saying which I understand Martin Luther often used.
“DON’T THROW THE BABY OUT WITH THE BATH WATER”.
We have sure learnt from Church History, that many Believers and even denominations have taken truth to extremes and have produced unbalanced teaching. So we must ask ourselves this question and search the Scriptures to make sure we are keeping truth in balance. If you have a trusted Bible teacher or Scholar seek out His wisdom on the matter,as well. I am very thankful I have a Bible Teacher/Greek Scholar who I regularly turn to too seek his wisdom
As the German saying goes, we can so easily get caught up with the “dirty bath water” (extreme teaching & practice) that we throw out the baby (TRUTH) as well.
Most of my readers would know there are many different Theological Schools of Thought, and we can get so “doctrine centred) and thus even blinded to truth. I read recently a statement made by a person in a particular school of thought, he said that to believe the opposing school, that person couldn’t be saved!!!!! One of the two Schools are held by all the major protestant denominations!!
Many Christians won’t relate to some Believers because they believe differently to them, how sad, I find no reference in the Word of God that there are different Theological sections in heaven!!!!!
I will say again, we must search the Scriptures, and have a teachable attitude, and let us never forget John 16:13 KJV 13 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.
Are you willing to be led into all truth, surely you have had the experience in the past of the Holy Spirit giving you a “LIGHT BULB MOMENT” when it comes to truth? We must let the Holy Spirit QUICKEN His Word to us.
Lord help us to be open to Truth and not simply blinded to a doctrine that you had previously embraced.
There are I guess millions of Believers around the world, that have experienced the Lord leading them into all truth, and because their “home” church rejected the truth (or had it all out of balance),, they are now “planted” in a church that does believe that truth and holds it in balance.
I trust what I have written is clear, if anything needs clarification, please feel free to email me on [email protected] or place a comment or question in boskoteachingandmentoring,com