Some years ago I was fishing with a friend and coworker on the James River in Richmond Virginia. I took what I thought to be an appropriate step down over the edge of the river bank and the next thing I knew I was at the bottom with a broken wrist.
Basically the slippery slope may not appear dangerous to us at all. We enter upon it thinking that we will have no problem negotiating it, but then the first step. Frankly often the first step is not all that slippery, but eventually there is the slide.
Recently, Andy Stanley seemed to make an additional step on the slippery slope that could land him where he does not want to go. If you have followed the Christian news then you know that he had first made a step on the slope concerning the LGBT community and their faith, expressed apparently for attending services as openly Gay. Some wanted to excuse what looked like a miss step, others were not so kind. Then the additional step where he associated himself in an LGBT Conference for parents of children identifying as Gay. That may not bring about a slide: but one Conference member has within the last year produced a documentary on the misinterpretation of scriptures associated with God’s view on homosexuality. It can be a fatal error with God to reinterpret His word.
1 Corinthians 6:9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, (NASB1995)
1 Timothy 1:9 realizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous person, but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers 10 and immoral men and homosexuals and kidnappers and liars and perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound teaching, (NASB1995)
God has given us this free will, and as such we even as believers have the right to question God, and ask why; but we are entering upon the slippery slope when we choose to go counter to His clearly stated positions within His written word. Sin is a reproach to any people (Proverbs 14:34).
I bring Stanley up as this example, because I see this same slope entered upon at times by other well meaning Christians simply because they are unwilling for what ever their reason to accept Doctrine as God has had it stated in His word.
1 Timothy 4:15 Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. 16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee. (KJV)
I often hear it stated that what we believe on certain things even about how we state our doctrine is not that important, so long as we are clear on what is important to salvation, or being born again.
But remember teachers are held to a greater standard. And for teachers to tell others that doctrine doesn’t matter may not be taking heed unto thy doctrine? Is there a slippery slope associated with a compromise in choosing man’s doctrine over God’s?
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Isaiah 5:20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! (KJV)
It seems that we have such a time in its beginnings. We hear leaders who profess to be Christians, but who choose paths leading to darkness.
What seems to be coming as the slope becomes more slippery:
Matthew 24:9 “Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name. 10 “At that time many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another. (NASB1995)
Verse 10 in the King James states this just a bit differently:
Matthew 24:10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. (KJV)
Being offended by what God allows in our life can be the slipperiest part of the slope. We must remember that He does not want that any should perish. He is the light to see us through the darkness of night. And always remember that He will discipline His children, because we are His children and He loves us.
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