DIFFERENCES COULD often be overcome and good relations restored between
a husband and wife, or between children and their parents if a sincere
effort were put into finding out what caused the rift. This is true in
religion as well.
Religious differences would be overcome and the proper relationship
between men and God and between all true worshipers of God would come
about, if a correct understanding of His Will were sincerely sought. One
problem is that some people don't even try to understand the teaching of
the Bible for themselves. Some refuse to accept the teaching of certain
Scriptures saying, "That's not the way I've been taught." When shown
what a passage teaches some say, "I just don't see it that way."
The Scriptures talk about people "having the understanding darkened,
being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in
them, because of the blindness of their heart" (Ephesians 4: 18).
Denominational doctrines blind the minds of many people. For example,
several denominations teach that "salvation comes by faith only," which
is not taught in the Scriptures. Because the peop1e accept this
doctrine, they will say they can't understand Acts 2:38, which simply
says, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you in the name of Jesus
Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the
Holy Spirit." Anybody could understand that passage if they hadn't been
made to believe that a person is saved by "faith alone." But because
they have accepted this false doctrine, they will tell us they just
can't understand what is said in Acts 2:38.
The most simple and most sure way of "understanding what the will of the
Lord is" (Ephesians 5: 17)... is to leave denominational churches and
denominational doctrines and simply accept the word of God as the only
guide. The Scriptures tell us, "Trust in the LORD with all thine heart;
and lean not unto thine own understanding" (Proverbs 3:5).
The word of God demands of those who would seek the Lord, "Prove all
things: hold fast that which is good" (1 Thessalonians 5:2). Remember
it was said of the people of Berea who heard the apostle Paul's
preaching, "These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that
they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the
scriptures daily, whether those things were so" (Acts 17: 11). If you
are a person who desires to please God and go to heaven you are told,
"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).
Ask your preacher if you should check to see if what he teaches is the
Truth. If he says, "No," show him what the Word says. And remember,
the preacher can't stand in judgment for you; you must stand at the
Judgment for yourself before Christ and be judged by the word of God. ".
. . We shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ" (Romans