Do Not Stray from the Apostles’ Teaching
Do not move an ancient boundary stone set up by your forefathers.
Since satellites are now used in precise survey work and title insurance is available, real estate boundary-stone movement isn’t the crime it used to be. But in spiritual things, boundary-stone movement is a thriving business.
Back in the 16th century, the Roman Catholic church accused the Reformers of moving the “ancient boundary stone,” by which they meant their traditions. In reality, it was Rome who had, by her traditions, moved the boundary stone established by God; principally the rock of salvation by faith alone (Sola Fide). That was a boundary stone that had been established as early as God’s dealing with Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:15, 21) and Abraham (Genesis 15:6; Romans 4:1-25). Rome displaced the pure doctrine of grace (Ephesians 2:8-9) for one of grace plus works.
Other false doctrines were brought in. The once-and-for-all sacrifice of Christ for His people (Hebrews 10:12-14) was moved aside in favor of a mass where Christ is brought down and sacrificed over and over again. They denied the Christian’s blessed assurance (Isaiah 12:2; Romans 8:35-39) and brought in doubt with their extrabiblical notion of purgatory.
I have a great deal of heaviness in my heart for those sitting under the teaching of the “boundary-stone movers.” But Rome isn’t the only culprit. Many who call themselves Protestant are equally at fault. Turn to Proverbs 23:10-11 for more.
Paul. The great apostle condemned anyone who would preach another gospel than the one he preached. In these verses he didn’t say it just once, he said it twice. “If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned” (Galatians 1:6-10).
Prayer of Application
Father, thank You for the gospel of salvation by grace alone. It offers salvation without cost to any who would receive it. Help people escape the teaching of those who have changed it.
Copyright 2014 – Robert C. Beasley