There is much out there in the pulpits of our land that is not the truth and is thus bringing people into bondage and not setting them free. For a list of many of the things that are being preached and are contrary to the Scriptures go to www.ralphhoweministries.com and go to the resources section and look for “Eleven Words for 2011” and go to page 4 – Doctrines of Concern.
Recently there has been a major controversy over Rob Bell (author of “Velvet Elvis”) and his current book on love that pushes the heresy called Universalism – everyone goes to Heaven when they die, no one goes to Hell. Not new but just as dangerous as it has always been. I remember a bishop I once worked under who believed this and caused many to fall into error.
There is another new storm cloud on the horizon – does not have a name yet as far as I know but dangerous none-the-less. Not an official anything but there are churches – belonging to apostolic networks – teaching this non-truth that brings people into bondage. Ready – here it is. “The Holy Spirit trumps Scripture.”
In other words, if you believe that the Holy Spirit has revealed something to you and so it is a “the Lord would say…” and yet it does not line up with the revealed will of God as see in the pages of the Bible this is quite alright because what the Holy Spirit is saying today trumps Scripture or overrides the authority of the Word of God, the Bible.
Welcome to Hell – hell in the Church. As soon as people’s subjective experiences become the main authority for what we believe and what we allow or disallow – we have left the ranks of sanity and entered into a living hell. We have again entered a time such as found in the book of Judges where “every man did what was right in his own eyes.” Or as many in our current world believe: “If it feels good, do it.” We have removed the foundation – the rock – upon which the Church and individual lives are to be built – the authority of the Word of God. We have entered the realm of many traditional churches where tradition and church authorities trump the authority of Scriptures.
When Scripture no longer has the authority in the Church – when something objective is replaced by something subjective – then we can no longer declare the Word as truth and as the revelation upon which to build life. We can no longer say “this is the way” because it might not be – depending on your revelation. The certainty of the basic doctrines of the faith is removed and we can chose any way we want … and base our lives on anything that we think the spirit may have revealed to us personally. That will certainly be hell and will take many to Hell after they die.
Jude 3 tells us that we must earnestly contend for the faith once delivered to the saints … Jesus and many of the New Testament writers warned us that in the last days many will be deceived and fall away. They were right.