Lots of people are deconstructing their faith right now, questioning their beliefs and convictions. While this can be a beneficial exercise, it can also be very dangerous. Because our faith impacts eternity, we can’t just shift what we believe based upon what is popular. There are many “pop theologians” that are full of opinions but devoid of Biblical wisdom.
It’s true, some of us were taught in error. But most of us who were taught correctly find our faith under attack. There is a major push to influence us to change. Some are now accepting new ideas that are contrary to what they’ve always believed.
To help us navigate this experience, I’m offering 12 guardrails to help keep us safe spiritually. When wondering about or questioning aspects of your beliefs and the resulting behaviors:
1. If your spiritual “parents” would disapprove, I suggest you hold on to what they taught you. God placed them in your life for a reason – to help guide you.
2. If it goes against what you’ve been taught in Scripture, think and pray long and hard before you even consider it.
3. If it’s new theology (unproven, untested and revolutionary), be very slow to accept.
4. If it creates spiritual “liberty” from well-accepted guidelines and convictions, stay away. What may appear to be freedom can actually be bondage.
5. If you must dig deep to find one Bible verse to “proof text” support for it, stay away.
6. If it goes against what you’ve learned from long-term trusted sources, don’t believe it.
7. If it goes against your conscience, don’t accept it.
8. If you must spend a lot of time justifying it, it’s best avoided.
9. If it could cause a less mature Christian to stumble, don’t do it.
10. It is causes you to withdraw from your proven spiritual support system, I suggest leaving it alone.
11. If your praying grandmother would scold you for doing it, don’t.
12. If you don’t want to be doing it when the Lord returns, don’t do it at all.And so on.
Of course, some things that some of us have been taught may be eventually proven wrong. But too many are abandoning the true Gospel for a new Gospel. And Scripture clearly warns us against this tendency. What you believe determines what you do. Believe the right things, do the right things.