Perverted Doctrine by Guy Duininck

Very sound teaching from brother Guy Duininck of Master’s Touch Ministries in Tulsa, Ok.

— Perverted Doctrine —

From True or False – Judging Doctrine and Leadership

Perverted doctrine is unsound teaching which results when individuals transform a truth from the Word of God into something completely different than what it wasintended to mean. The word “perverted” used in the New Testament most often means, “to change something into it’s opposite.” In the book of Acts, this word is used of the sun being turned to darkness [Acts 2:20]. James used this word to describe laughter being turned into mourning [James 4:9]. When a teaching is perverted, it is usually changed into the opposite of what it was intended to mean.

Paul used the word “perverted” to describe the unsound teaching of false ministers who were negatively influencing the churches of Galatia. He wrote,

“…there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.” Galatians 1:7-8

Paul constantly dealt with false ministers who perverted the truth in order to gain control in local churches. One perversion of truth he addressed in the churches of Galatia was the issue of Christian liberty. He wrote,

“…brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh…” Galatians 5:13

Why did Paul have to warn these believers not to use their liberty in Christ as an opportunity to sin? Because there were those who perverted the doctrine of liberty, using it as an excuse to indulge the passions of the flesh. What was meant to be a wonderful truth about liberty in Christ was perverted into a license to sin.

In his letter to the church at Rome, Paul instructed believers about the grace of God. He taught them the New Covenant truth that because they were under grace, they were free from the law. He warned them, however, not to use this truth of grace as a license to sin, but to be self disciplined by reckoning themselves dead to sin and alive to God [Romans 6:1-23].

The true doctrine of grace can be easily perverted into a license to sin. In face, Jude wrote of false teachers who were perverting this very doctrine. He said they were, “ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness” [Jude 4]. These ungodly men, posing as ministers, perverted the revelation of God’s grace through Christ.

When perverted, the truth about God’s grace was no longer a reason for rejoicing and a motivation to please God by living righteously, but became a teaching that authorized believers to exercise lust through excess and indecency.

Is perverted doctrine dangerous? Notice what Paul said concerning those who perverted the gospel he preached,

“…some…pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.” Galatians 1:7-8

To “be accursed” meant to be “damned to hell.” Those who pervert the truth may be in danger of damnation! God does not like perverted doctrine or those who teach it! The results are too debilitating for the church!

True or False : Judging Doctrine & Leadership

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  1. ECUMENICALISM AND THE APOSTLES DOCTRINE?—BY STEVE FINNELL

    Acts 2:42 They devoted themselves to to apostle’s teaching….(NIV)

    Did the apostle’s doctrine include ecumenical worship and joint charity endeavors with those who perverted basic Christian doctrine? No, it did not.

    The Judaizers were Jewish Christians who wanted to impose Jewish practices on all converts to Christianity. They were perverting the gospel of Christ. Did apostle Paul join in worship and charitable works with the Judaizers in the name of unity and good works? No, he did not.

    Galatians 2:4 This matter arose, because some false brothers had infiltrated our ranks to spy on the freedom we have in Christ Jesus and to make us slaves. (NIV)

    Paul called those who perverted the gospel, false brothers. Today many call those who pervert the gospel co-workers in Christ as they feed the poor and preach the man-made gospel of their choice.

    Galatians 5:4-12 You who are trying to be justified by law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace……….12 As for those agitators, I wish they would go the whole way and emasculate themselves! (NIV)

    Does it sound like the apostle Paul would be asking the Judaizers to teach a Bible study or join him in feeding the poor?

    2 Timothy 2:17-18 Their teaching will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, 18 who have wandered away from the truth. They say that the resurrection has already taken place, and they destroy the faith of some.(NIV)

    Did the apostles have shared teaching and preaching Christian conventions with men who did not teach the apostles doctrine? Of course they did not.

    Acts 15:1 Some men came down from Judea to Antioch and were teaching the brothers: “Unless you are circumcised, according to the custom taught by Moses, you cannot be saved.(NIV)

    The truth is today some men who deny that water baptism is essential in order to be saved are invited to teach and preach at churches and at assorted Christian gatherings. And it is not only tolerated but supported by Christians. Is this the apostles doctrine of Acts 2:42?

    2 Corinthians 11:4-15 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 one you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough……..13 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve. (NIV)

    The problem with most church congregations who call themselves Christian is that they believe in ecumenical unity regardless of the doctrines being preached. Would joint charitable works, shared Bible study in which all point of false doctrine is taught be in keeping with the apostles doctrine?

    The apostle Paul called those who perverted the gospel false brothers and false apostles. Today many refer to them as co-workers in Christ.

    The apostles terms for salvation. Faith: John 3:16–Repentance: Acts 3:19—Confession: Romans 10:9—Water Baptism: Acts 2:38, Mark 16:16. 1 Peter 3:21.

    YOU ARE INVITED TO FOLLOW MY BLOG. http://steve-finnell.blogspot.com

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