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Which of the following describes the church you attend?

1. Firm Foundation built on Solid Doctrine.

2. Weak and crumbling Pillars built on man's philosophies and the ways of this world.

A father and his son were walking down a road and came upon an old abandoned building that looked as if the least bit of disturbance would cause it to cave in. The son was very interested in entering the building. Curiosity was pulling at his little imagination as to "what was inside"! The boy quickly darted from his father's side and placing one foot on the threshold, he stuck his head just inside the door opening of this teetering structure. The boys father realizing at that moment that his son was actually contemplating going into the crumbling building, without hesitation, cried out "Don't go in there! It's not safe! You could get hurt or killed!" Immediately, the boy shivered for a second, because he suddenly realized the reality of what his father had just said. After returning to his father's side, the son apologized for his indiscretion.

All would agree, that a loving father in his right mind would NEVER encourage his son to enter a building without structural integrity. In fact, the Father's warning to the son to get away and flee from the sagging building is the loving reaction. In the PHYSICAL REALM this truth seems so obvious to us. Christians today need to realize the same truth in the SPIRITUAL REALM. Doctrinal integrity is equally as important when it comes to our spiritual well being and our spiritual safety! Let's take a close look at the church you attend and ask yourself, "Is it Doctrinally Solid or are the foundation weak and the pillars crumbling? Should you even stay in such a spiritually weakened structure?"

Symptoms of a Weak Doctrinal Stand

1. The Gospel Presentation: Is the gospel being presented clearly at the church you attend? Are you hearing a message that says that "all have sinned and come short of the glory of God" (His Holy standard)? Are people being told from the pulpit that eternal salvation is only possible through Jesus Christ because He shed His blood and gave His body to suffer for our sins, in our place? Does the preaching clearly point out that those, without Jesus Christ as their savior, will end up in Hell? Are you being told that salvation is not of works (Eph. 2:8 & 9) and that no one could ever work their way into a Holy God's favor? Are you being told that faith in Jesus Christ saves you from eternal Hell and that no church, church membership or institution saves you from God's wrath? Are the leaders in the church speaking out against the false gospels of our day? The apostles show us that speaking out is not optional: (Gal. 1:6-8, "I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed"). If you're not hearing a CLEAR presentation of the gospel from your leaders, you are in a church that is no longer spiritually sound and it's time to get out!

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2. Sin is Sin: God's word NEVER EVER condones sin, nor should the pastors, ministers or teachers in churches today! Our Holy God is so seriously set against sin, that He created an eternal place of punishment called Hell and sent His only Son to die a horrible death on the Cross for our sins. If the church you're in, is dancing around the sins of our society and not dealing with sins within the church, you are in a church without doctrinal integrity and in a church that does not take God's Holy standards seriously. If you're hearing messages that never deal with the prohibitions and commandments of God according to His word, then the pillars of your church have fallen and it's time to run to a church with doctrinal integrity.

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 3. Commands are Commands: The Bible needs to be the absolute authority for every group of believers. If it is not, then you are in a teetering structure, doctrinally. Are the pastors and ministers "Preaching the Word" (2Timothy. 4:2)? The messages you hear should be causing you to turn in your Bible as you follow along. The sermons you hear should be filled with what God has to say and not with what man has to say! Let me focus on just a few of God's commands that are typically ignored in many churches today: "You be Holy", are the people being provoked and encouraged from the pulpit to live godly lives free from sin and worldly vices? Are men being encouraged to lead their families (Eph. 5:23 "For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church")? Are women teaching and leading over men in your church? If so, realize this is strictly forbidden in Scripture (1Timothy 2:12, "And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man"). Is abortion and many other sins of our society condemned by your leaders? They should be! If God's Word is not the absolute authority in the church you attend, you're in a assembly that has caved in Doctrinally and it's time to get serious about the commands of God and find a church that stands firm on God's Truths.

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4. Are the people being edified? So many churches today have become entertaining centers for Christians and unbelievers. This kind of church philosophy is dangerous and contrary to God's Word. The book of Ephesians (4:7-14) reveals to us that the purpose of the local church is to build up the believers so they can; 1. be equipped with God's word in order to minister to other believers and unbelievers, and, 2. so they can be equipped with God's Word in order to be strong doctrinally (notice Eph. 4:14 "we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men"). If the church you attend is not provoking you to grow spiritually, to serve God in the church and to keep yourself from sin, then you are in a church that has abandoned God's intended purpose for the local assembly! Finally! Bringing glory to God must be the primary goal of the Church. We are not to be pleasers of men and their flesh, through all types of worldly entertainment in the house of God. All to many modern churches have welcomed worldliness right into God's church. Let us all be reminded of the Zeal of the Lord Jesus when He cleansed the Temple and cast our those things that offended God's Holiness. If your church will not be cleansed doctrinally and practically, then "Come out from among them And be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you"(2Cor. 6:17).

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Dear friend, if we can help you, please contact us. We'll do all that we can to help you find a Solid Church that stands firmly on God's absolute Truths. Even if you don't live in Illinois, we'll do what we can to help.

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For more information contact:

Terry Aaron, Pastor - Have Faith Christian Fellowship
Phone 618-931-6972 or email


We are able to locate many sound churches in the US, so please let us know if we can help you find a doctrinally sound assembly that is seeking to honor the Lord by preaching the gospel clearly and by communicating Scripture as the Lord intended. If you live in the St. Louis Metro area, we would enjoy hearing from you.

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