Contrary to what Christ practiced, the Devil has convinced many that some Christian beliefs and doctrines are too personal and too controversial for discussion.
I have been told by both lay persons and pastors that when it comes to doctrine and beliefs it is better to focus only on those things we agree on and to not discuss the controversial and more personal beliefs. They claim that some things regarding ones faith are just too personal and up to the individual to believe as they want to, so should not be discussed at all.
Friends, I find such a claim to be totally without merit in the Scriptures. Did Jesus find any subject to be
too controversial to discuss? Did He refuse to speak on any subject saying it was too personal and up to the individual as to what or how they wish to believe? Certainly He did not, and He did not in any way avoid or side-step any subject, but met each one head-on with truth and wisdom. In fact, Jesus spoke on every subject that came up including adultery, fornication, divorce, theft, murder, and of course the ever present hypocrites and liars who constantly challenged His words and actions. Jesus spoke on these topics and many more and what He did not speak on personally He addressed through His prophets and Apostles. On every subject it was clear that there was no wiggle room but only ONE truth and ONE way to believe. When and where did we begin to claim we could pick and choose which parts of the Bible to believe and that we had the right to put our personal spin on what it says?
Not only lay persons, but many pastors and preachers of today will not tolerate being told there is only ONE truth and only ONE way to believe that truth. Since truth, real truth, originated with God (John 1:17), and not the mind or heart of man, and like God, truth is unchanging. There was no
non-essentials in anything Jesus said or taught just as there is none in the Bible. Every word is in the Bible for a reason and not one word of it is there to add bulk or make the size of the Bible more impressive. Therefore none of it is disposable or selective. The Bible comes as a whole and there are no ala carte options in spite of many whose doctrine indicates that they disagree. The question for us is whether or not we will hear and embrace those words as the truth that they are. Those who would pick the Bible apart and discard portions simply do not believe any of it as being divine or they would not dare handle it in such a manner.
When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is He which received seed by the way side. ~ Matthew 13:19
Satan works best in the dark and away from scrutiny so of course he is going to make every effort to get us to keep quiet on as many subjects as possible. Therefore with the help of our own pride he has succeeded in convincing recent generations that parts of the Christian faith are
personal. If a subject is not examined and discussed openly then it is subject to all kinds of speculation and error. New Christians or those considering the faith who have legitimate questions will be reluctant to ask or even mention them wondering if it is
too personal. This is how subjects become fertile ground for error to breed and grow to the devils great delight. Afraid of offending or perhaps being seen as ignorant, most of these people will form their own belief thinking that they have the freedom to do so since it has been labeled
personal by others. What folks fail to realize is that it is not their knowledge they are trusting in but they have instead fallen under the subtle influence of the devils thinking. This is why the Bible admonishes us time after time to walk in the Spirit and to deny the flesh and its’ abilities and influences in spiritual matters. Examples such as this are why we see a hundred people all attending the same church for years can have dozens of different beliefs. Enabling heresy and error to breed right under their noses those supposedly pastoring those sheep were not doing their job. No part of the Christian doctrine or faith is personal, and no part should be left to fester in the dark. If some are offended then perhaps they need to get their doctrine and beliefs in line with the Bible.
We should never forget that the devil and his demons do not care about our eternal souls other than doing his best to keep us from going to the Lords' side! He is trying to compete with God and is determined to keep us serving him regardless of what he has to do. Most folks do not consider that the devil has had centuries, even thousands of years to learn human behaviour. He probably knows each of us better than we know ourselves. So I ask you how can our
feelings or what we
think stand up against the power of Satan? Remember this is the same Satan whose imps imitated many of the same miracles done by Moses and Aaron when they went before Pharaoh in the book of Exodus. The answer is that no mans
feelings or what he
thinks can stand up against the devil. Only the Holy Spirit of God is stronger, and if He is not dwelling in us then we are deceived, beaten and lost.
Friends, it takes ALL of the Word of God if we are to endure until the end (Matthew 24:13) and it is found in the King James Bible. Remember, the Bible does not contain any non-essentials. Satan knows this and so he tries to intimidate us into setting portions aside as
too personal or
too controversial so that we in effect, remove entire sections from the Word of God from public scrutiny. There are times and situations where one may wish to refrain from discussing matters of the Gospel and Salvation, and sometimes wisdom dictates such a stance as in refraining from
casting pearls before swine (Matthew 7:6). For the born again Christian however nothing in the word of God is off limits because as Christians we are instructed to teach, spread the Gospel, make disciples, and to share our faith with the lost. When we speak the truth of the Word of God we are shedding light in darkness. This is God's will for us and Christ made it possible. However for anyone who hides behind the claim that
it is too personal or any other baseless claim then we would have no choice but to doubt that person had ever truly known the power of the Gospel and the Saviour. Otherwise they would be spiritually constrained to speak up and speak out.
Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. ~ Philippians 1:27 ~ Romans 15:6