The New Testament warns us to stick to what is true and avoid false doctrine (Colossians 2:8, 2 Thessalonians 2:15, 3 John 4, Jude 3, etc).
In elementary math problems, there is one correct answer and infinitely many possible wrong answers. In the same way, for every subject, the truth is singular and the falsehoods are innumerable, so it is not worth researching all of them. The Believer's Page
contains the truth, without devoting too much space to all the falsehoods out there. I urge you to go through those articles and examine them in the light of scripture. Nevertheless, here are some of the common false doctrines and tendencies that are doing the rounds today.Psychology:
Psychology is the study of human behaviour. As far as mere observation is concerned, there is nothing that opposes the Bible. But psychology does not stop at observing human behaviour. It also has the following objectives:-
- Deciding whether certain behaviours are intrinsic to humans or acquired
- Deciding whether certain behaviours are right or wrong
- Determining why people behave in a particular way
- Deciding how you can overcome your worries and have love, joy, peace, and abundant life.
These aspects of psychology intrude into Biblical territory. Psychology seeks to solve the same problems that the Bible claims to solve using mutually contradictory theories based on anti-Biblical premises. Therefore, believers should not try to solve their emotional problems with psychology (even if it poses as "Christian" or "Biblical" counseling). Take the help of spiritually mature people in your church, and the disciplines of Christian living. Further discussionEcumenism:
The Oxford Dictionary defines ecumenism as the principle or aim of promoting unity among the world's Christian Churches. It sounds like a worthy aim. However, note the following:-
- Ecumenism seeks unity among all people who have a "Christian" label. This includes Orthodox Christians, Roman Catholics and Liberal Christians who do not believe the Biblical gospel and therefore are not even Christians in the Biblical sense of the term.
- Ecumenism seeks unity among various denominations. The Biblical approach would be to do away with denominations altogether, because denominations (and their member churches) are not churches in the Biblical sense of the term.
- Biblical unity does not have to be created because the Holy Spirit has already created it - it only needs to be maintained (Ephesians 4:3).
- The basis of Biblical unity is not a label or a vague claim of "loving Jesus" or "having Jesus". Its basis is the one faith that all true, Biblical Christians share (Ephesians 4:3-6).
Thus, ecumenism is an anti-Biblical movement and will be shunned by believers wanting to please God. One step "beyond" "Christian" ecumenism is "inter-faith ecumenism", which aims to unite all the religions of the world. The image
shows Pope John Paul II's "inter-faith prayer meeting". He invited not just liberal and orthodox Christians, but even Hindu, Buddhist, Islamic, and indigenous religious leaders. The only people unwelcome there were Biblical Christians. Further discussion on ecumenism
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