2013-02-10 - Unbiblical Extremes
The Epistles of John ~ Part 94 ~ 1 John 5
We have been talking a lot about the importance of love. And in some environments, the focus on love has become so central, that the importance of truth is lost. This is why in some churches, essentially anything goes. These people claim that because God is loving, therefore all "love" comes from Him. Consequently, how can anything defined as love be sin or unacceptable? So for these individuals, belief is defined by a meaningless concept of love.
At the other end of the spectrum, belief is defined by works. Instead of an "anything goes" attitude, we get an almost "nothing goes" approach. Law, rules, and commands define the chance to be saved, and anything short of "perfection" means failure and lack of salvation. Obviously neither approach has anything to do with a biblical view of God's plan for restoring a fallen humanity.
To be continued.