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  • Posted by merry2330 on May 6, 2024 at 11:04 pm

    Why do we believers easily sway with every wind of doctrine?

    We are easily discouraged,we lose sight of God even when we have this experiential knowledge of God….A house built on a rock cannot be carried away by the wind..So whats really the problem?

    mama-jt replied 5 days, 12 hours ago 4 Members · 4 Replies
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  • booky

    Member
    May 12, 2024 at 4:59 am

    First, we are humans before we became believers. We still have flesh to contend with. Apostle Paul said that the same afflictions we experience is the same our brothers in the world experience. We have been taught to believe that ‘once you are born again, you got the supernatural life inside of you and you have everything you need…’

    What we do not realise however is that there’s a need to study, read and know the truth for ourselves.

    Jesus said that “we shall know the truth and the truth shall set us free.” But take a look at the average Christian today, they don’t read their Bible talk less of reading other books for enlightenment.. All they do is listen to their pastor and that’s it. So they keep repeating what they’ve heard rather than what they have learnt. So when something else comes that looks “deep” they are easily swayed. What was Apostle Paul’s advice to Timothy? “Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” Paul read not just the scriptures, he read other books poetry and parchment. He was a lawyer and well-versed in the world of knowledge.

    We can’t be Christians who don’t read and until we start seeking and finding, many of us will be swept around by “every wind of doctrine.”

    • This reply was modified 1 month ago by  booky.
  • merry2330

    Member
    May 13, 2024 at 11:31 am

    Hmmm

    Thank you ma..may God help us

  • Unknown Member

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    May 20, 2024 at 4:52 pm

    Believers may easily sway with every wind of doctrine for several reasons, which can be understood from psychological, social, and theological perspectives:

    Lack of Strong Foundational Knowledge: Many believers may not have a deep understanding of their faith’s core doctrines. Without a strong foundation, they are more susceptible to new, persuasive teachings that appear to offer deeper insights or more appealing interpretations.

    Cognitive Dissonance: When confronted with new doctrines that challenge their existing beliefs, believers may experience cognitive dissonance, a psychological state of discomfort. To resolve this discomfort, they might adopt new teachings that seem to offer a more coherent or less troubling worldview.

    Charismatic Leaders and Persuasive Communication: Charismatic leaders and effective communicators can significantly influence believers. Their confidence, passion, and persuasive arguments can make new doctrines seem more compelling, leading believers to adopt these teachings.

    Desire for Novelty: Humans have a natural curiosity and a desire for new experiences and knowledge. This desire can make novel doctrines appealing, as they promise new insights or experiences that existing beliefs may not provide.

    Community and Social Influence: Believers are often part of religious communities that significantly influence their beliefs. If a community or a significant portion of it adopts new doctrines, individuals may follow suit to maintain harmony and belonging within the group.

    Emotional Appeal: New doctrines often come with strong emotional appeals, promising solutions to personal struggles, greater fulfillment, or a closer connection to the divine. These emotional appeals can be powerful motivators for adopting new beliefs.

    Cultural and Societal Changes: Broader cultural and societal shifts can influence religious beliefs. As societies evolve, new ideas and values emerge, and believers may incorporate these into their religious framework to stay relevant and relatable.

    Biblical Interpretation Variability: The Bible and other religious texts can be interpreted in many ways. Different interpretations can lead to different doctrines, and without a central authoritative interpretation, believers might find themselves swayed by new, seemingly valid interpretations.

    Spiritual Seeking and Growth: Believers often seek to grow spiritually and may be open to exploring new doctrines as part of their spiritual journey. This openness can sometimes lead to adopting doctrines that deviate from their original beliefs.

    Apologetics and Counter-Apologetics: Exposure to apologetic and counter-apologetic arguments can challenge existing beliefs. Engaging with these arguments can either strengthen one’s faith or lead to the adoption of new doctrines that seem to provide more satisfactory answers.

    To resist being swayed by every new doctrine, it is crucial for believers to:

    Develop a deep and well-rounded understanding of their faith’s core teachings.

    Engage in critical thinking and seek sound theological education.

    Build strong, supportive communities that encourage open but discerning dialogue.

    Stay connected to historical and well-established interpretations and practices within their faith tradition.

    By doing so, they can remain rooted in their beliefs while being open to genuine growth and development.

    Ephesians 4:14

    “Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming.”

    Colossians 2:8

    “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.”

    2 Timothy 4:3-4

    “For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.”

    1 Timothy 4:1

    “The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.”

    1 John 4:1

    “Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.”

    Galatians 1:6-8

    “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse!”

    2 Peter 2:1-2

    “But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the way of truth into disrepute.”

    Hebrews 13:9

    “Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by eating ceremonial foods, which is of no benefit to those who do so.”

    2 Corinthians 11:3-4

    “But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the Spirit you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough.”

    Romans 16:17-18

    “I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people.”

    These scriptures emphasize the importance of being discerning, rooted in sound doctrine, and cautious of false teachings and deceptive philosophies.

  • mama-jt

    Member
    June 9, 2024 at 7:35 am

    Hummmmmm ….

    Thank you ma for this

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