8 Symptoms of False Doctrine

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Many things combine to make the present inroad of false doctrine peculiarly dangerous.

1. There is an undeniable zeal in some of the teachers of error: their “earnestness” makes many think they must be right.

2. There is a great appearance of learning and theological knowledge: many fancy that such clever and intellectual men must surely be safe guides.

3. There is a general tendency to free thought and free inquiry in these latter days: many like to prove their independence of judgment, by believing novelties.

4. There is a wide-spread desire to appear charitable and liberal-minded: many seem half ashamed of saying that anybody can be in the wrong.

5. There is a quantity of half-truth taught by the modern false teachers: they are incessantly using Scriptural terms and phrases in an unscriptural sense.

6. There is a morbid craving in the public mind for a more sensuous, ceremonial, sensational, showy worship: men are impatient of inward, invisible heart-work.

7. There is a silly readiness in every direction to believe everybody who talks cleverly, lovingly and earnestly, and a determination to forget that Satan often masquerades himself “as an angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14).

8. There is a wide-spread “gullibility” among professing Christians: every heretic who tells his story plausibly is sure to be believed, and everybody who doubts him is called a persecutor and a narrow-minded man.

All these things are peculiar symptoms of our times.

I defy any observing person to deny them.

They tend to make the assaults of false doctrine in our day peculiarly dangerous.

They make it more than ever needful to cry aloud, “Do not be carried away!” ~ J.C. Ryle

“One plague of our age, is the widespread dislike to sound doctrine. In the place of it, the idol of the day is a kind of jellyfish Christianity — a Christianity without bone, or muscle, or sinew — without any distinct teaching about the atonement, or the work of the Spirit, or justification, or the way of peace with God — a vague, foggy, misty Christianity, of which the only watchwords seem to be, “You must be liberal and kind. You must condemn no man’s doctrinal views. You must think everybody is right — and nobody is wrong.

And this spineless kind of religion, we are told, is to give us peace of conscience!

And not to be satisfied with it in a sorrowful, dying world — is a proof that we are very narrow-minded!

Satisfied, indeed!

Such a religion might possibly do for fallen angels!

But to tell sinful, dying men and women to be satisfied with it — is an insult to common sense and a mockery of our distress.

We need something far better than this. We need the sin-atoning blood of Christ!” – J.C.Ryle


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