A Motive for False Doctrine
In the religious world, money and power are at the root of so much false doctrine. However, that isn’t surprising since they’re two of the greatest incentives for why people act as they do.
Increased attendance and prestige can bring greater money & power. For many, being accepted by the larger religious world is of immense importance. They hate being on the outside so they do all they can to be accepted by the cool kids.
Besides, as someone has wisely said, “controversy is money.”
However, this is all completely missing the point of God’s plan.
The Lord’s Church belongs to Christ, not men (Matthew 16:18-19). We are added to His Church when we submit to Him (Acts 2:38,47). Then, we are in Christ (Galatians 3:27; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Romans 6:3-4) and we must do as He commands (John 14:15).
False doctrine is not our right (Galatians 1:8-9) because we have already been given the Word (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Timothy 4:2). Let us submit to the Lord, not to popularity with the world (John 17:14-16).
We are supposed to be bringing the lost to Christ instead of trying to join them in their sin (Matthew 28:18-20).
“The way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know over what they stumble” (Proverbs 4:19, ESV).
“Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit?” (Luke 6:39, ESV).