Summary: Here is a sad reality, any one of us, being unprepared to recognize false ideas, might entertain some belief or practice that does not coincide with Jesus teachings! I have seen us lose a few people from this Church over the years and it saddens me.
Doctrines That Free vs Doctrines That Enslave by Kelly Durant
Galatians 1:9 As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. 10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ. 11 But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man 12 For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.
2. One time there was a man on a farm out west that owned an eagle. He put a ring on his ankle and a stake in the ground with a chain attached so the eagle could not fly away. Over several years the eagle had made a big rut in the ground from walking in circles day after day. The man after several years felt sorry for the eagle and one day he decided to set it free. He took off the ring on his ankle and tossed him up in the air. Did the eagle fly away happy? No! It had forgotten how to fly and it landed back on the ground not to explore new land but to return to walk in the same circle of his rut! How symbolic this is of those who forget what flying and freedom are like! How much freedom can a person lose before they forget what it is?
Today it is imperative to have the fire of Holy Spirit for discernment concerning what is truth! Jesus John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me’. The multitudes of people in the world today who do not have discernment over the stances they are being sold are going nowhere but in circles as this unchained eagle was. Freedom is under attack! Unbeknownst by them, the people of the world have been mentally conditioned by the social political and religious manipulators to defend illogical, hypocritical, and enslaving ideas that rob their freedoms. Ideas are like doctrines.
Apathy towards God and others is eroding our freedoms as erroneous postures fill the voids. This story of the chained eagle is tragic because you and I were created by God to fly wild and free like a healthy eagle, to be at the top of the pyramid of nature, to be the rulers and to roam free! But too many people get stuck in a rut refusing to get out of their comfortable misery due to their limited vision and beliefs so they then condemn their own selves to live out sad and pathetic mundane existence! This is because Jesus’ way, truth, and life was not at the center of their lives!
Here is a sad reality, any one of us, being unprepared to recognize false ideas, might entertain some belief or practice that does not coincide with Jesus teachings! I have seen us lose a few people from this Corps over the years and it saddens and disturbs me that someone persuaded them ‘with another gospel’. They convinced them they had something better to offer them than what we have here. But you and I know very well anything beyond Jesus’ simplicity is condemning. Even a Christian not on guard can be potentially deceived by a false premise, an altered belief, or by a doctrine not in line with the general essentials of Christianity. Often when a person falls away from their freedom in Jesus it stems from being broken in spirit or vulnerable, or from conforming to pressure from the pusher of enticing, enslaving arguments.
3. Have you ever noticed how many thousands of groups, religious and secular, follow and teach erroneous presuppositions as benevolent dogma? We must protect our own and focus in on those seeking supposed greener grass, those with a low self-esteem, or those with almost no information concerning the dangers of the ‘agendas’ of the groups in the world to warn them of the dangers. Too many people become enslaved too easily because it is human nature to want to show off knowledge or spirituality! Too many people conform to peer pressure to tolerate abusive systems, be it in a so called church, or in an organization in the world. People tolerate awkward postures for rewards, such as a false sense of being loved, or for money or position, or some conform out of loneliness and a false sense of at least having a purpose to live for. People as well may get into politics, secret societies, or false religions, out of pride to show off they know more than you and have power than you! The good news is a Christian can escape these traps as Jesus brings to ‘whosoever will’ His freedom! Conforming to man’s systems built upon false teachings, premises, and doctrines will force you into a miserable life of oppression and more and more today we see, feel, and suffer from the oppression.