In these closing days of Grace those
who have eyes to see, ears to hear, hearts to perceive know
that God has initiated a tremendous move of the Holy Spirit
in the world and in the church as a whole. In this move the
Lord, as head of the church is emphasizing a number of
truths in order to mature Godís people and to guide them
into all truth as it is in Jesus. Truth must be seen in all
of its glorious facets as one related whole in order to be
clearly understood and grasped.
Balance in what is being presented to the
church is necessary. One of the hardest things to maintain
in all these facets of truth is balance. When truth
is not seen as one related whole there is not proper balance
and trouble will develop. No one facet of truth can be used
to contradict or distort another facet of truth. When it is
tried, it produces the seeds of heresy - a Wind of
Heresy or a wind of
Heresy in its many forms originated
in truth. In fact, it is impossible to have heresy apart
from truth. There can never be the counterfeit without the
genuine article first. The counterfeit is never the
original. The original comes first, the imitation follows.
So it is with truth and error. Truth existed before error.
Error uses truth to launch out upon or to build upon.
What is error or heresy?
Heresy is simply an aspect of
truth taken to extreme and pushed out of proportion with the
whole body of truth. It takes one truth and majors on it
alone neglecting or violating other truths. This easily
leads to error, discord or imbalance. This then can become
one of Paulís Wind of Doctrine.
Winds of doctrine
Winds of doctrine are truths
presented in imbalance or errors presented as truth. The
church has always had to face winds of doctrine that is
teachings that would create party spirit which would produce
spiritual pride, compromise the truth or split the church.
Every seven to ten years a number of winds of doctrine tend
to repeat themselves; some book to re-discover with a
message that needs to be re-emphasized.
Some thoughts on winds of doctrine
(Note some of the weaknesses in
1. very little emphasis put on saving of
2. very little emphasis on unity or oneness within the
3. very little emphasis on manifesting the life of Christ
such as caring for the flock, sharing, caring and love.
|Wind is a temporary aberrance of a
normal atmospheric balance.
changing to a storm wind is an aberration. The wind begins
to kick-up dirt, obstacles, debris. This means that things
need to be nailed down. When wind begins to rearrange things
from order to disorder, things need to be put back in place.
When heavy winds start blowing one must change their stance
to keep a balance. If you are a pastor you might have to
change you way of thinking. If winds get heavy enough you
might have to anchor yourself to something else beside
yourself,. You may have to anchor to something or to someone
more solid that you are. Remember - all winds will
eventually stop because winds are an aberration. Winds
causes you to only focus on the wind itself. You cannot
think of anything else. Sometime these winds of doctrine
take your breath away.
Winds of doctrine lacks
in some element of the truth. Most often, they contain
kernels of truth usually enough to catch our attention but
have an over-emphasis of a reality that then takes on
unreality . These winds of doctrine must be analyzed and
distinguished from the true move of God. Any neglected truth
of the Word of God invites a wind of doctrine. The truth
that is presented is overemphasized until it becomes
unbalanced. Other Scriptures that would give balance are
neglected. The purpose of a true move of God is to move the
church back into balance which must entail the ministry of
the Holy Ghost to restore a balance. We, as humans, can
react too rashly in "self" to bring the correct
balance. Sometimes a genuine move of God becomes a wind of
doctrine because "self" gets in the way. A wind of
doctrine, unlike the move of God, does not affect the
community. A true move of God always adds to the Kingdom of
God. A wind of doctrine causes people to forget and be
loosed from their moorings both temporarily and often
permanently. When people that are caught in winds of
doctrine they are difficult to reason with because of their
pride and defense.
survive winds of doctrine
Make sure your moorings concerning scripture
doctrines are intact. To what and to who are your immovable
moorings anchored. Call for help from others who are free
from problems that you are in or confronted with. Find out
as much as you can about what that wind of doctrine is
teaching. What parts are true and what parts are untrue.
Donít destroy your credibility by attacking without
knowledge of the error you are pointing at. Donít attack
winds of doctrine with angry tones. Agree with an
obvious truth that is found in winds of doctrine. Best
defense on your part is a god prior preparation.
Endeavor to help the church to have the five-fold ministry
in operation. Keep the church evangelistic, then there is
less opportunity for winds of doctrine to blow. The
more solid the believer is in the Word of God the less
opportunity there is to be blown about by winds of
doctrine. Expect some damage when winds of doctrine do
wind has blown over
Nail down the truth with emphases. Remember that
every novelty doctrine cannot live up to what it advertises.
If you need to adjust, then readjust. Know for sure that all
winds blow to an end and that balance will return. Expect
people to say how much they were being helped by winds of
doctrine even though it is not true.
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