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Things That Are Untrue

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Things That Are Untrue

There are lies, and then there are dangerous lies. All lies are wrong and sinful, but some lies are more hurtful, more damaging, than others. All lies condemn the liar, but some lies, believed and followed, will condemn the listener. To tell people that all snakes are the same, and imply they are all harmless, is a wicked and dangerous thing that can cause serious harm or death.

To teach that all people are the same is an evil and dangerous thing. For a child to assume that all people are as harmless as his mother or father can be disastrous.

To teach that all religions are the same is equally false, destructive and dangerous. This is the lie of pluralism and multiculturalism. Buddhists worship their ancestors. We worship Jehovah the Creator. Buddhism has influenced the civilizations of the Orient. Christianity has produced Western Civilization. Buddhism is a religion of man. Christianity originated with God. Jehovah alone can save (Isa. 43:11). Christianity is His one and only religion (John 14:6; Eph.4:4-5). All other religions are false and of no value to man (Jer. 10:14-15).

To teach that all churches are the same is a dangerous lie. This too is the offspring of sharing a spiritual platform of tolerance and agreement. It is the mantra of denominationalism. It is now being preached by the promoters of change in churches of Christ.

It is equally false to say that one church is as good as another. Christ died for his church (Eph. 5:25). He established his church (Matt. 16:18). He purchased his church with his life's blood (Acts 20:28). He saves his church (Eph. 5:23). He adds the saved to his church/ (Acts 2:47). To tell men and women that a church established by men is equal in value to the one built by Christ is not only false, it is destructive to the souls of men.

To teach that all changes are equally beneficial is false and destructive. Some are beneficial, some are harmless and some are detrimental. Those that will help us be stronger, better Christians, that will help us be more in compliance with God's will, we need. The harmless kind we can tolerate, even if we disagree. But any change to the faith, worship and practice of the church that was ordained by Christ in his Word is sinful and must be rejected (Rev. 22:18-19; Deut. 4:2).

All snakes are not the same. Some are harmless, some are deadly. This truth everyone needs to know. People are at great risk who do not know the difference. One is not your enemy if he tries to help you understand which serpent is dangerous and which is harmless. Nor is he your enemy who seeks to help you discern between those who would build up the church and those who would harm her (Lev. 10:10-11; Gal. 4:16).

—Adapted from Christianity, Then and Now

 

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