August 9, 2022     1:49 pm
245. Week of Seventh Sunday after Trinity - Saturday
Orthodox and heterodox churches
          Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them that cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which you have learned, and avoid them.   Romans 16:17
          The denomination which has, teaches, and confesses all the doctrines of God's Word in unalloyed purity, is called an orthodox church. To this we must adhere, and contribute toward its maintenance and propagation according to our ability. Any denomination, on the other hand, that does not have, teach, and confess all the doctrines of the Word of God as we find them in the Bible, is called heterodox. Such denominations cause divisions and offences among Christ's people by departing from the doctrine which we learn from the Word of God. These the disciples of Jesus must avoid; for so the Holy Spirit teaches us to do. Listen, Christian, how this is! You must curse false doctrine. (Gal. 1:8,9) Hence you must carefully beware of false teachers as destroyers of your soul, and must not believe them, but must try, or prove, them by the standard of God's Word, and that will find them to be liars. (Matt. 7:15; 1 John 4:1; Rev. 2:2) Heterodox churches, where false teachers hold sway, you must avoid; you must come out from such a church if up until now you have belonged to it; you must be separate; you must avoid it. (2 Cor. 6:14-18) Heterodox Christians, however, you must not judge or condemn but in love you must believe that they are merely deficient in this or that point of Christian knowledge. For consider, if some of the saving doctrines are still taught in a heterodox denomination, then there may be, in fact, then there still must be, some children of God among them. And you must rejoice that it is so. But as far as you are concerned, if you would be a true disciple, you must continue in His Word and in the church which has, teaches, and confesses His Word in all its purity.
          PRAYER: - Lord Jesus, grant me Your Holy Spirit, that I may become sure of what is the true doctrine of Your Word, that I may prove every doctrine offered me by teachers and preachers by the standard of Your Word, guard against being seduced to believe false doctrines, continue in Your Word, always confess it by word and deed, and may thus be a helpful and useful instrument for the propagation of Your kingdom here on earth, until You shall take me home, into the realms of eternal joy and bliss. Amen.

Second Part : Catechism Lessons
August 9, 2022     1:49 pm