Fighting False Doctrines

How False Doctrine Infects Churches and Some Disinfecting Options

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Even in right on churches where the leadership commits to a purity of doctrine, there exist back doors to promulgating false teachings. Women's Studies and the Music Worship ministry are the two areas where this vulnerability proliferates.


Guarding the Doctrine

Even in right on churches where the leadership commits to a purity of doctrine, there exist back doors to promulgating false teachings. Women's Studies and the Music Worship ministry are the two areas where this vulnerability proliferates.

2 Timothy 4: 3 warns, “For the time will come when they will not tolerate sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance with their own desires.”

We have a natural inclination to believe that success is evidenced by large numbers. Thriving churches are large churches, and successful women's and worship ministries are likewise the more well-known programs. Since we're so influenced by the numbers, we can just follow the crowd. Right?

But the Bible is not just all about numbers; it's about purity and obedience to the word. Matthew 7:13 advises that we “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it.” If you want numbers, there's the wide gate, if you want truth, you might want the narrow gate.

But discerning what is evil still leaves us with a vacuum; what then is good? This article makes suggestions for both issues.

Women's Ministries

One perceptive church leader once remarked that the way to determine the doctrinal status of a church was to check what the women's ministry was teaching.

We should assume that the church elders would be involved in selecting teaching materials within the entire church, including the women's ministries. It seems, however, that a bit of feminism has crept in. Women know who they want to listen to and often are not too keen on male input. But, elders don't need to be dictators to offer their participation and are instructed in Acts 20:28 to “Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock...” I pray more elders would get involved in the women's ministries.

Listen, there's a lot to unpack here. I'll give you some suggestions, and you should really follow up and prayerfully consider which direction to proceed.

First, there is at least one principal proprietor of questionable women's teaching you should be aware of; Lifeway. Yes, it's that Lifeway. This organization used to own brick-and-mortar Christian Book Stores and recently went online.

I question them because of the speakers they employ for their bible study books and seminars. Their prominent speaker's event, which is promoted throughout numerous churches, is the annual If Gathering.

I encourage you to review the various speakers and what they stand for in their own words. A great site to begin this process is Michelle Lesley.  Simply review the speaker or writer, such as Christine Caine or Jackie Hill Perry. Review what they say they believe. Do a Google or YouTube search to see what others say and avoid the self-ingratiating reviews of  Lifeway company itself.

Of course, you should know that some big names, such as Beth Moore and Joyce Meyers, are questionable. Just check out the reviews, again, using their words.

Are they popular? You bet! Are they doctrinally sound? Absolutely not!

Now, where do you go?  Check out the recommendation from Michelle Lesley and do some further research with Elder/Pastors you know that are doctrinally sound.

Another resource that addresses not only false women teachers but false teaching, in general, is Fight for the Truth and Justin Peters Ministries' among others.

Music and Worship Ministries

A lot has been written, warning against three significant false churches that seem to be the purveyor of much of what transpires today as Christian music. A friend of mine has written an excellent article on this entitled “The Unholy Trinity of Christian Music.”  Their songs are extremely popular, and there's a good chance that your church is singing them right now.

Are churches listening to the warning? Not on your life.  The number of listeners with Hillsong, Elevation and Bethel on Spotify is close to 11.5 million. While some Elders have come out against singing the songs of these false churches, others seem perfectly content with promoting their wares. This is despite the warning of 2 John 10-11 “If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house, and do not give him a greeting, for the one who gives him a greeting participates in his evil deeds.”

Another great article that takes a different approach addresses some of the music's technical (vs. doctrinal) problems. The Blog is "The Bible is art," and his article is "The 10 Things wrong with contemporary worship music."

This is well worth reading and listening to since the author is very detailed, knowledgeable, and hands-on with his critique. He suggests that contemporary worship music's tempo is often too slow and frequently not arranged for congregation singing but designed for performances. Much of the harmonic structure is too simple compared to providing a song's emotional structure or narrative architecture. He goes on with many other critiques and explains and illustrates what he is talking about by example. The post on YouTube is well worth your time to understand Christian worship music's technical issues and problems.

So, aside from the old-time hymns, which should probably also be reincorporated in the worship services, what other Christian artists are available that are Biblically sound?

I'm glad you asked. Unlike the Unholy Trinity, which has listeners in the millions, the following artists may only have 65,000 to 300,000 listeners on Spotify. But their music is worth reviewing. The sampling below plays a preview of one of their songs. You can get a free Spotify membership and listen to other examples of their music.

As someone who is a died-in-the-wool audiophile and not (admittable) a lover (necessarily) of Christian music (per se), I found the following songs rather well-written and inspirational. I pray more churches would wake up and start celebrating with more doctrinally sound worship music.

Conclusion

Whether false doctrines enter the front or back door, we are commanded to, as Jude 3 warns, “Contend earnestly for the faith.”

From this, it should be apparent that we are in a war and that we need to fight. Is this an option? No! We are not only to oppose false doctrine but even expose it. You can read my post on that here.  


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