The corrupting influence of Progressive Christianity is spreading today because of the seeds of spiritual compromise sown back in the early 1900s. By the early “pioneers” of the Evangelical movement.
As a consequence, virtually every Evangelical church that exists today is, adheres to doctrines that are no different, at their core, than those held by the religious, unbelieving world.
Most of these beliefs flow from a single, basic doctrinal error that is clearly condemned in the scriptures – condemned not simply once or twice but consistently throughout the Bible.
A doctrine warned against at the very beginning of the scriptures as well as at the very end.
Even condemned by the Lord Himself.
A Warning to the Churches
At the very end of the Bible, we are warned to not only avoid false doctrines but also to not even tolerate them in our midst.
Consider these words spoken by the Lord Himself: “But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit fornication. So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate. Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.” (Revelation 2:14-16)
How interesting it is that the Lord Himself is warning the churches against these doctrinal errors?
But how can that be?
I thought that following Jesus was just about love.
Or just about doing good works? Or just about being kind? Or just about the Person of Jesus, about knowing Him, about our Relationship with Him, and not about the specific things we believe?
And what in the world is the Lord referring to here?
A Mysterious Warning
We have no way of really knowing what the doctrine of the Nicolaitans was referring to. So why should we care about it?
And yet it was recorded in the scriptures not only for our benefit of the churches of that day – specifically to the churches of Ephesus and Pergamos, – but also for us, some 2,000 years later. For some reason, the Lord wanted us to take note of this mysterious false doctrine.
In a very un-Evangelical way, the Lord is focusing in on specific things that the churches believed? As well as the things that they did.
But what about this other doctrine? The doctrine of Balaam.
What is that all about?
And who in the world was Balaam anyway?
To answer this, we have to go way back to the book of Numbers.
To Be Continued . . .
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