By George Card
One night at around 2:00 in the morning I was in Texas in a restaurant and only another guy was there, also eating a breakfast in the middle of the night. Well I got into a conversation with this fellow and eventually we started talking about the Bible. Well to my surprise this fellow knew quite a lot about the Bible and the doctrines of salvation. But he was not longer in the church; I got the feeling from talking to him that he was an outcast. He was a fine young man, but he was not longer going to church.
I know the feeling of being an outcast; I myself have been shown the door from some churches because of my doctrines. I was not shown the door because I committed some sin like stealing money, cursing or breaking some other biblical doctrine. No my crime is that I simply refuse to toe the line on some non-biblical doctrines. I believe that all church doctrines need to have a biblical basis, not just because the preacher just happens to like it. If you have no bible basis for a doctrine then why in the world do you tell the congregation to follow such belief?
We did not overthrow one Pope to now have thousands of little popes, each with his own church making up their own rules and then excommunicating those of us who refuse to bow down and submit to non-biblical nonsense. There are many people in Christendom who are outcasts not because they refuse to obey the Bible, but because they refuse to follow non-biblical doctrines. Yes Pastor it is your church and you can expel anyone you want to, but you will have to answer to God for creating your own little empire and then demand that all your subjects submit to your rules even if they do not appear in the Bible.
This reminds me of that guy Diotrephes who not only refused to accept other believers but even went further to cast out of the church those who did. (3 Jhn 9) If a person is sinning then no problem that person needs to be put out of the church until that person repents, but that is a different issue. But casting people out for asking for a biblical basis for a belief of the church is not correct. If you cannot produce biblical evidence then you must accept that your church doctrine or belief simply is a preference, but it is not a biblical mandate.
Jesus told us “They will put you out of the synagogue”; “Blessed shall you be when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake.” Yes my name has been changed by them to another one, they don’t call me “brother so and so”, no, they call me “heretic so and so”, but I will wear with pride the label of heretic. Yes I am a heretic that believes in one single God, I am totally monotheistic, no trinity for me, and no two gods much less three.
Yes I am an outcast, why? Because I preach the name of Yeshua in baptism, but my God will judge my cause. “Hear the word of the LORD, You who tremble at His word: “Your brethren who hated you, Who cast you out for My name’s sake, said, ‘Let the LORD be glorified, That we may see your joy.’ But they shall be ashamed.” (Isaiah 66:5)
My God is the God of the outcasts, the God of those who have been rejected by the traditional church, for that church teaches non-biblical doctrines and rejects the teachings of the Apostles.