True faith always rests on a foundation of true doctrine. It can never be based on false doctrine. True doctrine is no guarantee of true or saving faith, however; devils believe that Jesus Christ is God, but they are not saved.
Whoever denies the supernatural, for example, cannot have true faith. The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is a supernatural event. Paul says that if Christ did not rise from the dead, then our faith is vain and we are yet in our sins. Since the denial of the supernatural necessarily includes a denial of the resurrection, the man who denies the supernatural is devoid of true or saving faith.
A church is strong only when its doctrine is true. If it tolerates false doctrine, its foundation will crumble. If it does not root out the termites that destroy the foundation by false teaching, be they lay or clerical, it deserves to die. Moreover, if a church fails to exercise discipline and rid itself of false teachers, it in effect shows approval of them. Talk against error is not enough; the church must act decisively.
That termites have infiltrated the churches cannot be denied. That these false teachers occupy some of the most strategic posts and some of the highest offices, and have entrenched themselves in college, university, and seminary professorships, is also painfully plain. Survey after survey has been made of the theological convictions of the churches, and all of them have shown that false teaching exists in the major (and minor) denominations of our day. Some have more than others. But none is exempt. And the lesson of history is clear: termites breed more termites.
A good example of the growth of false teaching is seen in the apostasy of the Unitarian churches over the last century and ...1
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