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The Church and Unchanging Dogma

Updated on March 3, 2019
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Dr. David Thiessen is an educator, writer, pastor, and speaker. He has authored several books on a variety of topics including Archaeology

For generations, leaders within my own church and denomination had described themselves as fundamentalists claiming they were claiming to the fundamental elements of our Baptist beliefs and resisting the pressures and influences of the modern world. . This inclination to “cling to unchanging principles” is an understandable and benign aspect of religion...- pg. 33

There are a lot of people who do not like the idea that the church still clings to certain teaches that both Jesus and God taught 2,000 and more years ago. They feel that the world has changed and that the old religious rules are out dated and do not apply.

These people in essence want their own way to live and do not like being told how they should lead their lives. Often they place biblical rules under the category labeled ‘man’s rules’ and seek to change those rules. They feel that these rules are not unchangeable and seek ways to place the church under new rules- their rules, not God’s.

The Difference Between Man’s and God’s Rules

There has been an attempt to place many of God’s rules into the category of man’s rules by people in the church. That is because certain people do not want to follow God anymore.

These have been deceived & misled into thinking that Good’s rules are out of date and do not apply in the modern age. Part of this deception comes from listening to secular culture as it strives to ‘right wrongs’ or stop supposed discrimination.

The secular world thinks it knows better than God on how to run a nation and then try to implement their own rules. Sadly this effort has only produced two real results. First, the world has become unfair and unjust and second, the church has followed their lead.

Many in the church deemed God’s laws as man’s laws because they are under the impression that men wrote the Bible. Men may have been the instrument but the words found in the Bible are not theirs.

God’s rules lead people to a holy life, one that is worthy of entrance into his kingdom, while man’s rules lead to anarchy and destruction. Man’s rules also lead to legalism and judgmentalism while God’s rules lead to understanding, forgiveness, love and much more.

God’s rules bring life while man’s rules do not.

God Does Not Change

Part of the reason those people feel that way is that they do not want to live as God wants his people to live. They have seen the fun and excitement that comes from the ways of secular culture and prefer those ways over God’s.. Jesus said that man prefers darkness to light.

Unfortunately for them, God does not change. He is who he is and he does not make alterations to his character. That means his rules do not change no matter how much the world does.

God is also a fair and just God thus if he made any changes to himself and to his rules, he would be neither. He cannot be fair or just if he changed the rules for modern man while holding the ancient people to his old rules. No one likes that when it is done in life today.

The Truth Does Not Change

Both God and Jesus are the truth. Jesus said “ I am the way, the Truth and the life...” and if neither Jesus nor God change, then the truth will not change. Unchanging dogma if founded on and follows the truth of God then it cannot change either.

Being unchangeable does not make the dogma wrong nor does it make secular culture right. Change is not always for the better as witnessed by what is happening in the modern world today.

To determine if unchangeable dogma is actually wrong, one must examine the source for that dogma. If it comes from man, then those rules must change- not to please secular culture and meet its changes but to meet with God’s approval and be in line with his word.

If the unchangeable dogma comes from God and his word, then it cannot be changed. By changing God’s rules the church then stops following God and starts following evil. They are also sending the message that God’s rules do not matter.

There is a purpose for unchangeable dogma., It guides the church to the right way to go and live. Take those essential directives away and the church is left with nothing to follow but subjective human opinion.

Some Final Words

People may not like unchangeable dogma and the reasons for that attitude vary. Yet if the unchangeable dogma is based on the truth of God and Jesus then those who wish to change them are ultimately rebelling against God.

They are not rebelling against man and his human rules but seeking to put their own ways or secular culture’s ways into the church. That is not right as secular culture does not follow the spirit of truth nor does it believe in God.

Secular culture’s rules come from evil which entice men and women into thinking those rules are better for the world and a lot more fun that God’s rules. One key example of the many so-called Christian men and women who advocate that sex before marriage is okay.

They say that in spite of God’s rules that declare that act sin. Unchanging dogma leads people away from sin and keeps people in line with God and his word.


© 2019 David Thiessen

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