Isms and Truth
Isms and Truth
Ideas come in packages. The packages are typically very attractive. Those packages can be Trojan Horses. Parts of the package will be good and useful. Other parts of the package may be the beginning of a slippery slope that will eventually be destructive. The packages are “isms.” There are many isms in the world.
Religion has many isms. There is: Catholicism, Protestantism, Liberalism, Fundamentalism, Evangelicalism and many other variations on the religious theme.
The ism is the problem. Ism brackets the definition. Ism changes the word.
Ism has an agenda that is not typically Godly. Any system can be made into an ism.
There is Mennonite and there is Mennonitism. There is Brethren and there is Brethrenism. The isms are wrong. They prescribe and proscribe the meaning of the word without honoring the word itself. They are corruptions of man to make the ism suit the situation or the times and/or their agenda.
The original Mennonite and Brethren persons derived their beliefs and practices from the Scriptures. They held their hearts open to the leading of the Holy Spirit. They removed themselves from the isms of the world. They removed themselves from authority that was not Biblical.
Discernment from the Bible and the Holy Spirit is a totally different subject from the isms.
In Him are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
Beware lest anyone rob you through philosophy and vain deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the elements of the world, and not according to Christ.
For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily
Jesus came into a world where men were deceived. They had a wonderful system that contained much truth but was not the Truth.
What can we do?
Study to show yourself approved unto God – II Timothy 2:15-16
Know the mind of the Spirit of God –I Corinthians 2:9-16
Pray for discernment – Philippians 1:1-11
Do not be deceived by impressive leaders or speakers or isms. They are Trojan Horses designed to persuade and deceive. Know the truth.
You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.
When we talk about the call of God, we often forget the most important thing, namely, the nature of Him who calls. There are many things calling each of us today. Some of these calls will be answered, and others will not even be heard. The call is the expression of the nature of the One who calls, and we can only recognize the call if that same nature is in us. The call of God is the expression of God’s nature, not ours. God providentially weaves the threads of His call through our lives, and only we can distinguish them. Chambers