Being dogmatic these days infers one is somehow superior in intelligence. Being sure about something is good in medicine, dentistry, physics, or what your having for dinner. But not in religion or politics. Being dogmatic stands for rigidity, unyielding, know-it-all. But the Spirit of God encourages such dogmatism.

I Jn. 4:6: We are from God; he who knows God listens to us; he who is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error. The word truth here is ginosko- to know with certainty or absolutely.

Conflict arises when someone is dogmatic on issues that some self-authority has deemed controversial. Because they don’t understand it or can’t come to a full position on it these self-proclaimed arbiters say no one can know for sure on these “questionable” issues. Nothing can be further from the truth (ginosko)!

Suppose in a graduate math class the professor puts up a problem and tell the class of ten students to solve it. None of them can so they conclude that no one can. The professor walks in and solves it in a matter of minutes.

Lesson: just because you don’t get it, doesn’t mean no one can. We can be dogmatic about everything the Bible is dogmatic about. That includes the pre-trib, pre-mill position on how the world ends. Just because you don’t understand it, don’t tell me I don’t because you don’t. Maybe I’m smarter than you, maybe I have the gifts of teaching, knowledge and wisdom and you don’t. Maybe you don’t want to be right and fake humility. Maybe you don’t want to say your favorite Bible guru is wrong, or your pastor or your seminary.

Jesus told us to know the signs of His return. So you better start studying using the right hermeneutics. Stop listening to Bible girly men!

God Bless

Alan

 

 

 

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