Oftentimes when speaking of doctrine someone will say something like this, “Well, there have been many brilliant theologians out there that disagreed with each other. We need to be real careful of being too dogmatic.” This is usually said to caution those that are taking a strong stance on a particular doctrinal point.
While this is true in a sense we must also be very careful of falling into the pit on the other side; straying so far from offending man that we offend God. Let me flush out a little of what I am getting at.
The implied undertones to this statement are often that the scriptures are not sufficiently clear to justify us coming to strong opinions. Man disagrees over what the scriptures say so they conclude that there are just some issues that the Bible just doesn’t answer clearly enough. Instead of looking at the situation biblically and recognizing the wickedness of men’s hearts as the root of this problem instead the finger points at the scriptures as the problem and then it takes only half a brain to see the implications. God wasn’t very clear in His word. Thus we can push doctrine to the back burner and avoid serious study of these issues.
For example, I can’t count how many times I have heard fellow believers say that since there are so many good men on both sides of the debate between calvinism and arminianism that we can relegate this doctrine to the realm of the mysterious and un-understandable. Now, to put this as nicely as i can, this is hogwash pure and undiluted. Scripture bears on this from beginning to end and no confusion among men justifies us in throwing it over our shoulder and disregarding it.
I don’t think I need to make a scriptural defense of this when I say that when scripture speaks of a doctrine we are duty bound to study that out. God gave us His word to lead and guide us and has clearly commanded us to be diligent in our study of it. Now if God is the all-knowing God that scriptures tell us He is it stands to reason that His word is clear and He knows how to communicate to us what we need to hear. Biblically the finger must point to man as being responsible for his twisting of scripture to suit his own fancies. God’s word is clear. Man is selfish and prone to error. It is man’s fault that there are so many ridiculous and unbiblical imaginations masquerading as God’s truth floating around out there.
Let us be extremely careful that we do not impugn God with our own sin.
All for the King!!