Don't Be Tossed To and Fro Beware of Strange Doctrines
In Ephesians we read that it is possible for a true believer to be "tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men and cunning craftiness." (Eph. 4:14)
In the Epistles to the Hebrews there is a definite exhortation to the same effect: "Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines." That these Apostolic warnings are fully justified, the Apostolic age and every subsequent generation bears witness to. In the very beginning of Christianity strange and divers doctrines were being taught and proselyters tried to draw believers away from sound doctrine.
Were we to give all the divers and strange doctrines which are about us in our own generation we would have to fill an entire website. Heb 13:9 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.
If a believer is established through Grace then he is safe and secure from all these strange and divers doctrines, the new theories, discoveries and inventions. He is not running after every new thing. He is not thinking that he can get a higher and better experience by "joining" a new sect of movement.
But what does it mean to be established through Grace? It means the doctrine of Grace as made known in the greatest revelation which God has ever given to man, in the high-water mark of God's Word, the Pauline Epistles.
If a believer knows that in Christ he is blessed with every spiritual blessing, if he knows that which Grace has accomplished, that he is one with a risen and glorified Christ, that he is complete in Him in whom the fullness of the Godhead dwells bodily; if he knows he is sealed and indwelt by the Holy Spirit until the day of redemption, if he knows the love of God which is in Christ Jesus, if he knows all these precious blessed facts of sovereign grace, then he is not chasing after every strange and new doctrine. He has that which satisfies. He knows Christ, belongs to Him and knows that Christ is all.
But this knowledge of Grace is sadly lacking these days and because Christians are ignorant of the fullness and vastness of redemption they are misled by movements in which another spirit is at work.
Taken from Our Hope Magazine, March 1921. Updated and modified for the web by Cobblestone Road Ministries.
Additional Note: The Internet is FULL of strange doctrine websites. Please beware of this fact and pray for discernment.