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.
This is a story of what happened to Dr. John Deere, Professor of Greek and Theology at Dallas Theological Seminary. He taught against the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, and modern day Apostles and Prophets. However, in his room as he was praying and seeking the Lord he was baptized in the Holy Spirit and began to speak in tongues.
This one event moved him from one denominational camp or group of people and thrust him into a total different group of people, which was a group he used to talk about as being wrong. He saw the Word of God differently and had a major theological doctrinal shift. He was removed as Professor at Dallas. He was called by God to walk as a Prophet and has written many books since this event.
In reality, many believers don’t really have any true Biblical Doctrine. They only have opinions about someone else’s church or ministry and what they teach or believe. They start doctrinal discussions with, "well, I believe", instead of "well, the Word of God says."
In other words they have not looked at the Greek words or the Hebrew words or studied the topic or doctrine for themselves. They believe what they believe because that was their first teaching as a Christian which came from their first church.
This means that they are an echo of someone else's truth instead of a voice of God from the truth within Scriptures. This means that it is easier to repeat (echo) someone else's belief system then study for one self and be a voice of what the Word of God says.
It is easy for these people to say, “I disagree with so and so doctrine”. This sounds so spiritual yet most can’t sit down with the Word of God and prove with the Word what they say and what they believe. We personally try not to use the phrase “I disagree with you”. We like to use the phrase “I don’t understand, teach me”. This is saying that one of us or both of us might be wrong but let’s sit down together and see what the Word says. This keeps a teachable spirit.
Charles Morris. Founder and Senior Pastor of RSI Ministry, RSI School of Ministry, and RSI Publishing L.L.C..