18Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. 19When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. (Mat 13:)
23But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. (Mat 13:)
Doctrine on the other hand rests on a one-legged stool that is sawed half in two. It is a frail support that must be protected at all costs and never questioned for fear its weaknesses might be exposed. Question God's Word, but don't touch our untouchable doctrines.
Somewhere there must be an expert who is free of all allegiances, of all teachings, of all doctrines, who can set us on a straight and true path. The 14th thru the 16th chapters of John present us with just such an "Expert."
A long time ago I had some severe chest pains that lasted hours. I was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance and kept there for a day and a half under very intense observation. They found nothing wrong with me heart wise, so I was released to return to my home.
While I was in the hospital they assigned me to a doctor, to whom I reported. In the meantime I discovered a book on low blood sugar. After reading all the many symptoms listed, that fit my own, I realized that what I had was hypoglycemia, and as I learned later, hypoglycemia was prevalent in my family. There is no treatment for hypoglycemia except exercise and a sound diet, avoiding sugar being at the top of the list.
For several years before my journey to the hospital I had been experiencing severe pains of all kinds, the chest being one of them. I had no energy, and all I wanted to do was lay on the floor and eat ice cream. When I changed my diet and did as I was supposed to do, in nine months I was feeling great and all my symptoms were gone.
I informed my doctor of this miracle cure I had found (that of eating right and exercise) and how it helped me tremendously (my doctor had me on xanex for stress, drugs and surgery being the only cure doctors are allowed to know anything about). Now, him being a doctor, a man dedicated to the health of the public, I expected he would have been thrilled with the good news I had shared with him. This was not to be so. Instead he condemned me for "treating myself."
This doctor was unable to find anything wrong with me. This doctor was unable to treat me with anything but a superficial drug. Yet because I was able to find something that helped me on my own without his aid, he rejected what I had done.
Yet you and I know, unless we're one of these experts ourself, just how fallible those experts are. We've had a mechanic replace a wrong part and yet assure us that he had fixed the problem. We've had the doctor give us the wrong medicine that caused us more harm than did the ailment we went to see him about in the first place. We've had teachers that were way off in left field on a subject and thought themselves to have made a home run. We've had self-proclaimed experts of the mind give us advise that was nowhere near appropriate for our problem (or perceived problem).
Experts of the soul are placed on a pedestal far above those pedestals mentioned above. Whatever church you or I happen to become attached to, we are to regard the teaching of that church to be sacrosanct, to be untouchable, to go unquestioned, and we're to defend it with all our might whatever the costs. To do otherwise is to be counted a heathen and doomed for hell. If we find what seems to us to be an error in the doctrine of the church we attend, we must assume it's due to our own ignorance of Scripture that causes that error, not the doctrine of the church. Because of this supremacy attitude of the churches, a dictatorial atmosphere is created. Each denomination can see this dictatorship in other organizations, but they're blind to their own brand of the same. Blindness to self creates infections that grow and expand into dangerous traditions that can cause great problems for those within the organization so infected.
But if you're bold enough to step outside the walls of denominationalism, and see what God is really saying, then hop aboard and follow me through the House of Cards and see how well it is supported.
Keep in mind however, don't take anything I say as accurate or complete. You have to stand up for your own decisions. I'm only showing you what I see. I'm just as fallible as those I criticize, maybe even more so in some cases. Check out the resources I present (if any) and do your own investigations looking for your own resources. You may find me wrong on some points, and you may find me incomplete or off base on others. If you question what I say, and you find error in my judgement, then good for you. You've learned to stand on your own two feet and to see the world through your own eyes. These are very important traits to acquire, as we all will discover when it comes our turn to stand before the Great White Throne.
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