"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears from the truth, and be turned aside to fables." (2 Timothy 4:3-4 NKJV)
"Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves." (Acts 20:30 NKJV)
"God is Spirit, and those who worship Him just worship in spirit
." (John 4:24 NKJV)
"...endeavoring to keep the unity
of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit
, just as you were called in one hope of your calling..." (Ephesians 4:1-6 NKJV)
"...they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so
." (Acts 17:11 NKJV)
"...if you receive my words, and treasure my commands within you, so that you incline your ear to wisdom
and apply your heart to understanding
...then you will understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God
. (Proverbs 2:1-5 NKJV)</small>
You need truth AND
unity. Having only one (doesn't matter which one it is) is bad.
The Bible makes it very clear that unity is very important in God's church. But is unity so important that we should conform to other doctrines for the sake of getting along?
Truth is truth, and the amount of individuals that believe it is not what makes it true (blood isn't red because we believe
it's red. It just is red.) Does the fact that thousands of denominations believe different things mean that all those things are true? Most of the doctrinal differences are direct contradictions to each other, so how can they all be true? There can only be one
Now I'm not going to name off churches, but there are Christian denominations
out there that, in history, have blatantly changed doctrines and even passages in the Bible itself to suit their own beliefs. Does humanity really have the authority to change
what truth is?
There are many differences in beliefs between the many Christian denominations. Are you going to put aside the Bible for a doctrine contradictory
to what it teaches for the sake of being united?
No. If a church is clearly teaching something different than what the Bible teaches, leave. Truth cannot be sacrificed for the sake of peace among brethren. Find a united church that does
have the truth.
Be very careful. You may have strayed from truth yourself and didn't even notice it. Look into your church history and see if you truly are on the right track.
_____________________________________Sermon: Compromise and ConformityI know a lot of you will hate me for this, but I feel it's important, especially in this decade.Compromise in Prophecy