Much of the confusion and compromise that plagues the church is fueled by a misunderstanding of the place that good works have in a believer’s life.
The Evangelical landscape is entangled with confused teaching ranging from eternal insecurity, sinless perfectionism, the second work of grace, being baptized in the Spirit, and the need for outward manifestations to confirm one’s salvation.
Each of these teachings are as destructive as a foolish landscaper who plants a tree on one day and then digs it up the next. Never being certain if the roots have taken hold. Never certain if the tree is going to grow.
Who eventually kills the tree he planted.
A Strange Perception of Works
This kind of thinking is pervasive within both Evangelical and Fundamental churches Where people struggle with false teachings relating to good works.
This is commonly true even where a church holds to solid salvation doctrines. Where it is taught that one is saved by faith alone, through grace alone, through Christ alone. And that a man is not saved by his good works. Nor that good works play any part in having or keeping salvation.
Nevertheless, most churches forsake that position, for all practical purposes, when it comes to understanding the value of good works in the day-to-day life of the believer.
A church may even stand firmly against those religions that teach some form of good-works salvation. Even discerning that baptism, confirmation, church membership, confession, communion, the Eucharist, and a host of other rituals have no part in salvation. Yet remain confused that our good works neither maintain our salvation nor have any part in keeping us in the Lord’s approval.
Good Works as Common Ground
Because of this instability, churches are easy prey for the ecumenical compromises that draw them in. Particularly the seductive allure of the Mainline denominations; who desire the joint participation of Evangelical groups with their social, cultural and moral initiatives.
Which means doing good works in association and cooperation with false teachers and false religions. Which is all “justified” because of the urgency of some threatening influence or need in the world at large.
Seducing the Evangelical church into affirming that these causes are just and the compromises necessary for the greater good.
And, just in case anyone has any doubt, this is the growing trend in the Evangelical church. This has become the accepted way. This is part of a new missional movement. And will continue to be promoted in the years ahead.
Come hell or high water.
To Be Continued . . .