It may come as a surprise to many sincere Christians that the marks of false teachings as opposed to marks of sound doctrine which are set out in scripture are rejected by almost every Christian church, denomination and institution! They intuitively recognize that they hold to many doctrines which (1) are not stated in the pure words of scripture (Psalm 12:6), (2) require words additional to scripture in order to state them (contrary to Proverbs 30:5,6), (3) which cannot be stated in words which the Holy Spirit teaches but must rather be stated in words which man’s wisdom teaches (I Cor.2:13), (4) were not taught by the Lord Jesus or the apostles, and (5) therefore bring saints into bondage rather than the liberty that is in Christ!
But furthermore, those who officially teach such doctrines (as I once did) teach things which they ought not for filthy lucre’s sake. (I knew, as an official pastor, missionary and Bible teacher that if I refused to teach such, my livelihood would be at stake! So too many other pastors, administrators of Christian organizations and seminary professors know that they would be fired and missionaries’ support would be cut off if they no longer subscribed to doctrinal statements or creeds which include fables which cannot be stated in words of scripture.)
I’m sure you can think of at least one doctrine which would qualify as a fable according to the marks of fables in the first post. You also know that, in a denomination which embraces that doctrine, any leader who rejected that doctrine would be out of a job! But have you ever recognized that some doctrines which you have embraced are fables for the very same reasons??
Those who subscribe to the Westminster Confession claim to take a very high view of the authority of scripture. But the authourity of scripture is actually destroyed by this statement in that Confession, “The whole counsel of God concerning all things necessary for His own glory, man’s salvation, faith and life, is either expressly set down in Scripture, or by good and necessary consequence may be deduced from Scripture; unto which nothing at any time is to be added, whether by new revelations of the Spirit or traditions of men.”
The words which I’ve underlined and italicised provide the justification and supposed authority for many doctrines embraced by subscribers to the Westminster Confession…there are many such doctrines which cannot be stated in words of scripture and many traditions of men which indeed have been added and are embraced more faithfully than are the scriptures themselves!!
However there are many churches, denominations and institutions which do not officially subscribe to the Westminster Confession which would never challenge this particular statement. They themselves have arrived at many of their own doctrines by deductions which they defend by “good and necessary consequence”! A wide variety of cunningly devised fables have thus been accepted by hosts of Christians who think that such are “pillars of orthodox Christianity” when, in fact they contradict many truths clearly stated in the Bible!
In the next post on this page I will list many fables which I embraced. As the Lord permits me, I will address these more fully in subsequent posts.