We have been given God’s Word which is true and easy to understand and God said, in six days. He said it and I believe it. My pastor, in a sermon, said it best:
“Don’t trust a teacher who only makes you laugh and feel good about yourself. Spiritual wolves highlight experience and emotion while mocking doctrine and ignoring biblical exposition.”
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths” (2 Timothy 4:3-4).
“But as for you, speak the things which are fitting for sound doctrine” (Titus 2:1).
“You can’t determine truth by counting how many people believe a particular teaching or belong to a given denomination. There is no safety in numbers.”
At Creation Ministries International we often have people contact us for advice on how to approach their pastor/elder/church leader regarding the crucial topic of origins. Oftentimes, the scenario goes like this: the pastor preaches a ‘compromised’ message on Genesis and some church members (hopefully more than just you)1 are alarmed. But how do they go about approaching their pastor?
Firstly, we would suggest that before you do anything else, that you pray about the situation.
Secondly, the instructions found in 1 Peter 3:15 must always be adhered to:
“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15)
Be respectful and genuine
Please note that the ‘always’ applies not only to our preparedness to give an answer but also to the way we go about this—with gentleness and respect. Every encounter we have with our church leaders over this issue must be done in this way—and the respectfulness must be genuine. We may be distressed about what was said, even angry when we heard it. But if we approach our pastor with this anger still in our hearts then he may well interpret our anger about his message as anger towards him personally. Obviously this is counter-productive.
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