Brighton Church of Christ
The Fog Of False Teaching
It is said that the good news of Napoleon’s defeat was sent by signals in the form of the message: “W-e-l-l-i-n-g-t-o-n d-e-f-e-a-t-e-d t-h-e e-n-e-m-y.” However, as the message was being read, fog rolled in, and the only part of the message received was, “Wellington defeated…” Obviously, the difference between “Wellington defeated the enemy,” and “Wellington defeated…” was quite a difference. And in a similar way, people today who only get part of the Bible’s message on important subjects are also gravely mislead.
For example, the New Testament teaches that people must believe the gospel, repent of their sins, confess their faith in Jesus, and be scripturally baptized to be saved and become Christians. How sad it is that the fog of false doctrines often obscures that whole message. You see, many have only gotten the message about believing the Gospel. Of course, it is essential to believe, and God’s Word teaches that in many places. However, in many places the Word of God also teaches it is essential to repent and be baptized. For example, we read in Acts 2:38: “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Acts 22:16 says, “Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.” And in Mark 16:16 Jesus said, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved, but he who does not believe will be condemned.”
Friend, I plead with you to beware of the fog of false doctrines which can keep you from getting the full message about what to do to be saved. Think on these things