2004-02-03 - Sometimes Heresy is a Good Thing
Acts 17:10,11 And the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea...Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica. For they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily, (to see) whether these things were so.
Now, before you all e-mail me and jump down my throat, let me qualify that topic title. Those who teach heresy and those who follow it are, in Scripture, (2 Timothy 4:1-4), viewed as subverters of the Church of Christ. Heresy is a plague on the church. Im not suggesting that we need more false teaching in the church (we have plenty of that already). But rather, I am suggesting that God has, throughout history, used heresy to strengthen the church and to cause it to search the Scriptures. Two examples (From an endless supply):
So it should be with us. We all hear things advocated or explicitly taught that cause us to wonder, "Is that true?" We ought to take these things to Scripture and see if these things are really true. It is our duty as followers of truth both to speak truth and to avoid falling for error. The only way to do this is to study Gods Word and pray for wisdom.
I admit I never listen to a sermon without pen and paper. However, I dont take notes. I listen for two things:
Preaching, conversations with others, and a host of other things should raise questions in our lives and regarding our faith. These questions should do what historically they have always done in the church and in the people of the church: They should drive us to the Word of God.
Soli Deo Gloria,