I know that there will always be some areas of disagreement when it comes to interpreting the Bible. Yet today, I find myself standing further and further away from the teachings of the modern church. I have always been the type of person that needs to know all that can be known about a subject of interest, especially when it comes to Bible truth. My withdraw from what is presented as church doctrine should not be taken as departing from the faith, no; I believe the present church has separated from the true teaching of the Bible. I cannot in good conscience accept the flood of false doctrines that occupy the pulpits of our land today.
The contemporary church teaches that all men have an immortal soul, established not on the doctrines of holy Scripture, but upon the teachings of Plato, the Classical Greek philosopher, mathematician, and student of Socrates. In many middle period dialogues, such as the Phaedo, Republic and Phaedrus Plato advocates a belief in the immortality of the soul. The Bible clearly teaches that immortality is a gift from God, bestowed upon those who believe and are baptized in Christ, (Romans 6:3, 4, 23; 1 John 5:11, 12; Matthew 28:19). Ezekiel 18:20a, says, “The soul that sinneth, it shall die…”
Because of this false doctrine, many believe that the dead are actually alive somewhere. This doctrine opens Pandora’s box, allowing one to believe they can communicate with the dead. The “paranormal activity” paraded on TV is nothing more than an invitation into the demonic realm. The second wisest man that ever graced plant earth said, “…THE DEAD NO NOT ANYTHING…” (Ecclesiastes 9:5 emphases added). “The dead praise not the LORD, neither any that go down into silence” (Psalm 115:17). Millions of people believe that their deceased loved ones exist somewhere today. This teaching removes the need of Christianity’s core doctrine of the resurrection. Church history reveals that our Protestant forefathers collectively valued the doctrine of the resurrection of man, which would begin at the second coming of Christ. The thought that any part of man went on to receive his reward at death or entered purgatory was found within the minds of the papacy, (the system of government in the Roman Catholic Church with the pope as head). Today, Protestant church leaders teach the doctrine of Rome as factual. Paul told Timothy to “Study to show thyself approved unto God…” (2 Timothy 2:15a), yet today we prefer to seek the “approval” of man ahead of the authorization of God.
On the subject of regeneration, the modern church teaches deliverance from sin by simply quoting Romans 10:9, 10. And because of incomplete instruction many never follow the Lord’s example in baptism. The “confession…made unto salvation” (v 10b) is to be publicly made at baptism. Baptism is our identification with Christ, “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:4). Sadly, the doctrine of regeneration has been watered down (no pun intended). Without the identification with Christ through baptism one may never understand the importance of “walking in newness of life.” The contemporary church does not emphasize the importance of living a righteous life; “walking in newness of life” implies one should live a righteous life. Holiness is frowned upon as the road to legalism, yet the Word of God tells us, “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which on man shall see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14, emphases added).
Many more doctrines of the apostate church stand in question. One should become a student of the Word of God, then perhaps the anointed “eye salve” will once again allow us to experience the truth that will set us free.
I love the brotherhood of Christ, and it is this love that passionately moves me forward to discover the truth of God Word. I am not interested in living under the umbrella of apostasy, so that I can become popular among my colleagues. If denunciation becomes my course, so be it, I would rather stand before my Creator with clean hands than to be received by an apostate church.
I have heard the voice of Scripture beckoning me to “…Come out of her, [Babylon] my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues” (Revelation 18:4 emphases added). Unclean spirits abound in the harlot church, doctrines of devils (Revelation 16:13, 14; 1 Timothy 4:1), “Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?” (Proverbs 6:27). Let’s become like the people of Berea, the apostle Luke recorded that, “These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so” (Acts 17:11).