Why do so many churches have such a wide difference in doctrine? Although churches and denominations vary in doctrine across the world, the differences are not as extreme as they were 30 years ago or even 10 years ago. This means that each year the church is coming closer and closer to unity, some good and some bad. There are those who continue to read the “old wine skin” teachings of Pastors in the 1800’s and early 1900’s and therefore become the ones who keep the differences circulated. Then there are those who are cultural motivated and keep changing their doctrine to fit the social and cultural changes, especially towards an amoral position of what is sin.
An example of those teachers or pastors who changed their doctrinal stand, yet those who read the books or material of teachers or pastors decided to remain in the old doctrine that was once taught.
Many years ago the late Dr. Merrill F. Unger wrote a Bible Dictionary and Bible Handbook were he denied the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and he denied the use of the spiritual gifts of 1 Corinthians 12 and 14. He claimed that these experiences ended in the first century. Although there is no way this could be correctly taught using the Bible, it was the opinion taught by Unger, C.I. Scofield, John MacArthur, and other cessationist.
BUT, Dr. Merrill F. Unger, after years of studying, renounced his earlier teaching, got baptized in the Holy Spirit and began to operate in the 1 Corinthians 12 manifestation gifts. He rewrote his Bible Dictionary and Handbook renouncing his first statements of doctrine on the ministry of the Holy Spirit as being incorrect.
THE PROBLEM: The people who owned his first book and believed his old teachings refused to purchase his new book and read his new illumination from the Word of God. If our minds are made up about something, we become un-teachable and hostile towards anyone who would teach otherwise.
An example of those who change their doctrine as culture changes.
Many denominations have face the homosexual issue, and have done so in many different ways. The most alarming are those who have changed their denominational views in accepting homosexual behavior as normal and one that does not violate the Word of God. I certainly don't intend to use this post to express the Scriptures violated in order to accept this lifestyle as acceptable to God, but just wanted to show how doctrine changes in many circles as the wind of society changes.
Charles Morris. Founder and Senior Pastor of RSI Ministry, RSI School of Ministry, and RSI Publishing L.L.C..