Don’t Play With False Doctrine

I was sharing a few days ago with a friend who holds to the Rastafarian beliefs (this is very common in Saint Vincent). It’s interesting that he agreed with much of what I said, and used the same words even though there were HUGE differences in our beliefs.

Thankfully I didn’t believe it when he said we both hold to the same Doctrines……

Because I knew EXACTLY how he believed differently than me.

A huge part of reasoning (sharing the Gospel through Bible studies) is being students of other religions in the area. I was taught this by veteran missionary Alan Berry who knew the beliefs of Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons (we have quite a few here) better than most of them! Because he knew the differences between their beliefs and the teachings of Scripture, Pastor Berry would mercilessly attack that weak spot with doctrine.

Yesterday I wrote about the most subtle form of false doctrine which is interpreting Scripture by our own ideas instead of Biblical context. While this form of false doctrine is extremely prevalent, it’s also quite easy to deal with since the context of Scripture does the work. However those who firmly hold to false doctrine require a much more direct approach. Their foundational beliefs must be destroyed using Scripture.

As an illustration, a popular beliefs with Rastafarians is that there’s no heaven or hell. They believe hell is on this earth (referring to war, poverty, etc). The problem is they have no Biblical foundation for that belief whatsoever. On the other hand, there are numerous proofs in Scripture that hell is real, including Jesus talking of a place “where the worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched” (Mark 9:44).

There are also other foundational beliefs Rastafarians hold to that cannot be proven by Scripture

  1. They refer to themselves as “Israel” so the Jews aren’t the people of God, the black man is
  2. They believe everyone today must follow the Old Testament diet for Jewish people
  3. They believe in God the Father, but not Jesus. Jesus is just a fairy tale
  4. And they believe that King James removed all references to the black man from the Bible when the King James Version Bible was compiled in 1611

With each of these I hold out an open Bible and calmly ask “can you show me that in this Bible?”

The danger of false doctrine is it’s built upon darkness (or lies). They dress it up to sound just like our beliefs, and talk as if they are saved, but when you pull back the curtain their foundation of darkness is clearly seen. Thanks to missionaries like Pastor Berry I know right away the lies that Rastafarians base their religion on.

Sadly many don’t…..

So we must shine the light of the Gospel onto the cracks in their foundation for the world to see.

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