There are certain topics, just in case you haven’t noticed, that get me going. Why? Well, for starters, because they are not in the Bible. Take the doctrine of eternally burning hell, for example. That teaching just is not in the Bible. It misrepresents God and distorts one’s image of Him. I have no doubt this doctrine offends Him.
There are some “doctrines” in Church of God (COG) circles that also are not in the Bible. It’s sad, because Herbert W Armstrong’s most famous quote is probably, “Don’t believe me, believe your Bible!” In the end, it doesn’t matter whether or not he “came up with” a particular doctrine or not. What matters is whether or not it is provable in the Bible. Otherwise, we too risk misrepresenting God and may even offend Him.
We are not talking about preferences here, although people can and have made doctrines up about a lot of things. But, when you say, “The Bible says…” or “This teaching is from the Bible…” or “This is Biblical teaching and the others are not…”, then you need to put your money where your mouth is and prove it. If you cannot clearly defend the belief based upon the Bible, then I would suggest to you that you are dividing people instead of bringing them together.
I want you to consider some chilling words:
18For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
19And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. (Revelation 22:18-19, King James Version)
To call a doctrine “Biblical” then means it must be based squarely upon the word of God, or you are misrepresenting God.
How do we take His name in vain? By using His name when He uttered no such word.
19And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.
20But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die. (Deuteronomy 18:19-20, King James Version)
When someone misrepresents God, he makes God out to be something that He is not. It is a form of idolatry.
Not only that, but adding to His words makes you a liar.
5Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.
What is the fate of idolaters? Liars?
7He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
8But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. (Revelation 21:7-8, King James Version)