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False Standards in Religion (Part 1)

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Todd Clippard speaks on "False Standards in Religion (Part 1)" on Seeking the Lost - International Radio.

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Sometimes we tend to think of some likes, habits, or routines as being inherently better than others. For example, when I was in high school & college, we use to make fun of a friend who put 2-3 spoons of sugar and 2-3 creamers in a single cup of coffee. And you all know what question we asked him every time he did it... But here are a few questions for consideration...

  1. Is a person who drinks his coffee black any better than my friend? If so, what shall we say of other food and drink? Vegetarian or no (cf Romans 14:1-3)?
  2. Is a person who is "early to bed and early to rise" any better than a "night owl"? From whence did this idea arise? John 9:4? Ben Franklin (Early to bed...)?
  3. What does it say of me if I declare my way better than another simply because it’s my way?

False or Insufficient Standards in Religion

  1. "I thought..."
    • 2 Kings 5:11 - Naaman had it all figured out how the prophet was going to heal him. When things didn’t go according to his plan, he rejected God’s plan. Fortunately, he was persuaded by his servants to obey the Lord and he was rewarded (cf Proverbs 3:7-8; Isaiah 55:8-9).
    • Acts 26:9-11 - Saul of Tarsus - “I thought within myself to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth. Which things I also did.”
    • Proverbs 14:12 - There is a way that seems right to a man, but the ends thereof are the ways of death.
    • Jeremiah 17:9 - The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?
    • Proverbs 28:26 - He who trusts his own heart is a fool, but whoever walks wisely will be delivered.

  2. "My preacher says..."
    • Jeremiah 2:8; 5:30-31; 23:14
    • Galatians 1:6-9 - "Though we or an angel from heaven..."
    • 2 Corinthians 11:13-15 - Even the devil can make himself appear as a minister of light (truth)
    • Amos 7:14-16; 1 Kings 22:14

  3. "Others are doing it."
    • Exodus 23:2 - "You shall not follow a multitude to do sin."
    • 1 Samuel 8:19-22 (cf Hosea 13:11) - Give us a king that we may be like the nations around us.

  4. "Look at the good that will come."
    • Romans 3:8 Paul said is was a slanderous report that he taught "let us do evil that good may come" (i.e., situation ethics).
    • Romans 6:1 Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? God forbid!
    • "If we quit preaching/emphasizing (insert controversial doctrine here), we can get more members. If we get more members, we can get more money. If we get more money, we can do more mission work and benevolence."

  5. "We’ve always/never done it that way."
    • Joshua 5:2-9 None of the Jewish boys who had been born in the wilderness had been circumcised. No man entering the Promised Land had ever witnessed such and may have been tempted to say, "We’ve made it this far without it, why start now?"
    • 2 Chronicles 30:5 - It had been many years since God’s people had observed the Passover. Many probably did not understand and may have been tempted to disparage the event.

  6. "God didn’t forbid it."
    • Leviticus 10:1-2 - Where did God forbid the fire offered by Nadab and Abihu?
    • 2 Samuel 24:1-10 - Where was David ever forbidden to number the people?
    • 1 Thessalonians 5:21 -Prove all things. It is not enough to say "prove this is wrong". It is equally incumbent upon people to show why a thing is right.

  7. "I don’t think God is concerned with such trivial things." This is the equivalent of saying "God thinks like me." See Isaiah 55:8-9.
    • “When you are dodging Muslim bullets, cradling starving babies, comforting a malaria-ridden brother, all the nonsense over plucking on a piano seems to pale in comparison." - Roger Dickson, Christian Chronicle online 3/29/2006.
    • "I don’t care if you have a glass of wine or a beer. The Lord don’t either." - Phil Robertson
    • Numbers 20:7-11 - How trivial was the matter of striking the rock as opposed to speaking to it?
    • Psalm 19:13-14 - It is presumptuous to say of God what God has not said or to speak with authority where he has not spoken.
    • 1 Corinthians 2:10-13 - Who knows the mind of God?

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