No person has the right to make their interpretation of the Bible a doctrine for the church. The church does not deserve that. Every teacher ought to teach what God has shown him and to teach it well; and that is as a part of the whole revelation of God’s revealed truth, and never to make it a superior doctrine.
If at the end of your teaching, the listening believers call themselves “faith people”; as a teacher, you have failed. If as a result of your preaching, they call themselves holiness people, or grace people, or prayer people; you have surely done something, but you have failed the church.
For that is carnality.
Paul wrote to the Corinthian believers and told them that to label themselves thus “I am of Peter(or Cephas)”, or “I am of Apollos”, or “I am of Paul”; was carnal. Fleshly. Not spiritual. The modern equivalents of these expressions are
“I am a Methodist”.
Are you sure? After all that Christ has done for you, is that the best you can do?” Oh no.
“We are grace people”
“We are a holiness church”
“We are a WORD CHURCH”
Oh, you think that is spiritual? Check this one out for size
1 Corinthians 1:12
What I mean is this: One of you says, “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos”; another, “I follow Cephas”; still another, “I FOLLOW CHRIST.”
1 Corinthians 1:13
IS CHRIST DIVIDED?….
That’s what some Corinthian believers were saying “I am of Christ!”. And the apostle Paul called them carnal because they were saying it as a way to differentiate themselves from other believers. Avoid and shun every designation that differentiates you from other believers.
Paul told those Corinthians “Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas; all things are yours!” (1 Cor 3:21). Saying “we are a word ministry” is carnal if you are trying to say “we are not like other ministries”. They may not know it, but all churches are word churches, all are grace churches. Whether holiness, or prayer, or faith; all these things belong to them; EVEN THOUGH THEY MAY NOT KNOW IT!
None of those graces are the exclusive preserve of any part of the church of Christ. We must face our individual callings and do our distinct assignments. We may have a name to identify us within the Body; but NEVER to differentiate us from other believers.
There are NO Methodists in Heaven, no Pentecostals, Baptists, Neopentecostals, or Roman Catholics or Word of Faithers; nor is there any space there for Charismatics, Gospel of Gracers, Eastern Orthodox adherents or Seventh Day Adventists.
Only believers in Christ are Heaven-bound and in Heaven. Every peculiar calling and distinct local church is secondary to the common faith once delivered to the corporate brotherhood of saints. No person has the right in Heaven or under it, to take their interpretation of scriptural truth and make it a doctrinal stronghold for any part of God’s church.
The church does not deserve that. Teach your part well, but let the doctrine of the whole church be the whole Bible. Nothing but the whole counsel of God is worthy enough to be the whole doctrine of a whole church.
Let him therefore who has an ear; let him hear.