1. Doctrine divides. Sermons should focus on the Fall, and the necessity to repent and believe in Jesus. Besides, the Bible is only inspired in “spots,” and is not completely sufficient to provide guidance and direction on how to live one’s life. If you must teach about apologetics, or other biblical truths, do so only in Sunday school and/or small group studies.
2. There is no need to preach the gospel unless you want to have an evangelistic service. Focusing on personal sin and the need for a Savior can make people uncomfortable. After all, God understands our failings, and knows that “Boys will be boys!”
3. God is more concerned about our being “saved,” than He is about our “lifestyle.” There is no reason to take an unwavering stand for God, like Martin Luther, when he said, “Here I stand. I can do no other. God help me. Amen.” Let’s just be “nice” like Jesus, and not be concerned when false doctrines are being taught, or when a fellow believer is presenting an ungodly lifestyle for our non-Christian neighbors to observe.
4. It’s more important to submit to the state by having a 501 (C) 3 tax-exempt status, even though that limits what we can preach, than to submit to God and be free to preach His entire counsel.
5. Christian education — Three hours a week of Worship Service, Sunday School and Youth Group can overcome the 30 hours a week of ungodly indoctrination that our children are receiving in the ungodly government schools.
6. Welcoming visitors to our worship services is enough. It is not necessary to draw attention to our church by presenting a daily lifestyle that is distinctively different from that of our non-Christian neighbors. Besides, who can expect to apply everything the Bible says to their daily situations and circumstances!
7. Our prayers should mostly be for people who are sick and need employment. There is no need to pray for specific about issues going on in our community, state, country, or throughout the world, since Satan is in control of the earth and the real sovereign of our age.
8. The Pastor’s job is to study Scripture, visit the sick and elderly, and preach sermons that have biblically accurate information. It’s not necessary to provide biblically accurate instruction on how to incorporate the truths in his message to one’s lifestyle because that would risk offending members.
9. We are living under grace, not law, which means that everyone is free to live according to “common sense conservative traditional values,” since without God’s law there is no absolute way to know which behaviors to “put off,” and/or “put on.” (Ephesians 4. Colossians 3)
10. Christ’s Kingdom is not yet established, despite Jesus saying repeatedly that His Kingdom is “in our midst” (Matthew 12.28; 3.2; 4.17; 10.7), and Paul’s statement that God the Father has “delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. (Colossians 1.13-14)
11. God’s Word (Theonomy) is not relevant for our everyday decision-making, therefore we should “render to Caesar” (Automony) whatever he asks (Romans 13.1-7). In other words, man’s wisdom is superior to God’s wisdom.
12. Man, is sovereign, not God and he is in control of the earth, therefore, we must help God out by including things such as contemporary music in our worship services, or else no one under age 40 will attend.
13. God’s Word is true and without error, but (!) only certain portions of God’s Word apply to certain period of history. (Dispensationalism vs. Covenant Theology)
Buddy Hanson is President of the Christian Policy Network and Director of the Christian Worldview Resources Center and has written several books on the necessity of applying one’s faith to everyday situations, circumstances and decision-making. He presently serves on the board of The New Geneva Christian Leadership Academy. firstname.lastname@example.org 205.454.1442 http://www.graceandlaw.com