Sanctify them in the truth; Your Word is truth. As you sent Me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth. – John 17:17-19
The unbiblical beliefs of our age are a reflection of a culture that values feelings over facts. In this era, people are more likely to believe what they feel is true rather than what is actually true. This has led to a rise in false teachings and unbiblical beliefs that are often accepted as truth. These beliefs can be found in many areas, including politics, religion, and science. Unfortunately, these beliefs lead to confusion and division among people, as well as a huge lack of understanding of the Bible and its teachings. It is important for Christians to recognize the unbiblical beliefs of our age and to be aware of the dangers they can bring.
How Feelings and Emotions over Truth Impacts Society
He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, yet the world did not know Him. - John 1:10
In recent years, there has been a fast growing trend of people placing more emphasis on their feelings than on facts. This unbiblical belief system has had a significant impact on society, leading to a number of negative consequences.
One of the most obvious effects of this trend is the rise of moral relativism. When people prioritize their feelings over facts, they are more likely to believe that there is no absolute right or wrong, and that morality is subjective. This has led to a society where people are more likely to make decisions based on their own personal preferences, rather than on what is absolutely right or wrong.
Another consequence of this trend is the rise of postmodernism. Postmodernism is a philosophical movement that rejects the idea of objective truth and instead embraces the idea that truth is relative and subjective. This has led to a society where people are more likely to believe that their own personal beliefs and opinions are just as valid as those of others, regardless of whether or not they are based on facts.
This trend has also led to a society where people are more likely to be swayed by emotional appeals rather than by facts and logic. This has had a particularly damaging effect on public discourse, as people are more likely to be swayed by emotional arguments rather than by facts and evidence. This has led to a society where people are divided along ideological lines, rather than being united by a shared commitment to truth and facts.
These unbiblical belief systems have had a significant negative impact on society. It has led to a decaying society where moral relativism is more prevalent, postmodernism is more accepted, and where feeling and emotion are more likely to be persuasive than facts, logic or truth.
Feelings and Emotions over Truth in the Church
And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. - Matthew 22:37
In recent years, the church has seen a rapid shift in focus from Biblical facts to emotional feelings as the culture has crept into mainstream denominations. This shift has led to the acceptance of unbiblical beliefs and practices that have no basis in Scripture. I will attempt to examine some of these unbiblical beliefs and their implications for the church.
We have seen a rise of postmodernism/moral relativism in churches. This is dangerous, leading to the acceptance of false teachings and practices. It also greatly undermines the authority of Scripture, as it implies that our feelings and emotions are a better source of truth than the Bible. Feeling and emotions over truth has serious implications for the church. They seriously undermine the authority of Scripture and bring a lack of discernment in the church, as people are more likely to accept teachings and practices that are not based on Scripture.
This has led to worship changing in many churches. Many worship services have become so worldly that you would think you are in a concert hall rather than a church. More lights and smoke machines – less prayer and preaching. The preaching that you do hear, sounds more like a motivational speech than the teaching of God’s Word.
The church must remain focused on the truth of Scripture and reject any unbiblical beliefs that are contrary to it. There are still churches that have rejected the temptation to please people rather than pleasing God. I hope you attend one, or find one.
Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. – 2 Timothy 2:15
It is important to be familiar with the Bible and its teachings. This means reading the Bible regularly and studying it in depth. It is also important to be familiar with the teachings of church history and its interpretation of the Bible. This will help to ensure that one is able to recognize unbiblical beliefs when they arise.
In an age where feelings are often given more importance than facts, it is essential to counter unbiblical beliefs with the truth of Scripture. The Bible provides a reliable foundation for understanding the world and our place in it. By studying Scripture, we can gain insight into God’s attributes, His character, and His plan for Christians.
The Bible is the only source of absolute truth. It is the inspired Word of God, and it is not subject to human interpretation or opinion, nor is it subject to change or revision. The Bible is consistent with itself. It is not a collection of random stories or ideas, but rather a unified historic and spiritual narrative that reveals God’s plan for humanity. The Bible is consistent in its teachings from Genesis to Revelation. The Bible is not subject to the whims of culture or the changing trends of society. The Bible is timeless in its teachings and can be trusted in any age.
By properly and consistently studying Scripture, we can gain insight into God’s character and His will for our lives. We can learn how to live in obedience to His commands and how to live in a way that honors and brings glory to Him. We can also learn how to counter unbiblical beliefs with the truth of Scripture. By studying the Bible, we can gain a better understanding of God, His will, and how to live in accordance with it.
“Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool. - Isaiah 1:18