Hebrews 6:1-2 says, “Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.”
A friend mentioned that if you search the Sermon Audio website for “baptism”, 20,000 sermons come up. Baptism is one of the elementary doctrines listed in Hebrews 6:1-2.
Keeping things dumbed down and sticking to Christianity 101 seems to me like it could be the reason for why American Christianity is in such a mess. A high percentage of Christians are stuck on basic doctrines their whole life. Those who consider themselves theology nerds never seem to move on either. They just dig ever-deeper on these elementary doctrines.
The most respected pastors are those who come up with interesting new ways to teach these basic doctrines. But it seems no one ever moves on. Not mentioned on the list of elementary doctrines, but one that, in my experience, is endlessly rehashed is how we are to respond to trying times.
At the G3 conference, where a lot of celebrity preachers are teaching this weekend, these basic doctrines are being studied again in more depth, and I’m sure it will be uploaded to Sermon Audio again. Some abortion abolitionists showed up to strike up conversations with some of the attendees in the lobby. They were kicked out and threatened with arrest.
So, what should we be doing, if not laying again the foundation of basic doctrines? We don’t continue to study first grade math. We grow up and get jobs where we’re all expected to be able to do basic math in our heads. That is, we get jobs. We work. So, working to abolish abortion would be one thing that mature Christians should be doing. But the supposedly mature G3 Christians are threatening to call the police (in violation of 1 Corinthians 6) on the abolitionists who are trying to move on to maturity. Hebrews 5:14 says that those who are mature will have the power to discern good and evil because of constant practice. That is, they will be able to make wise decisions, and point out what is good and what is evil.
I’ve heard that the reasons that the pastors in some denominations wear a robe while preaching is because in the past, Christians established courts to judge disputes between Christians. Those Christian judges were so wise that unbelievers started going to them. They were able to discern good and evil. Then, the civil government wanted to be associated with them, so they persuaded them to wear the robes of judges.
Christianity works. It is the only true worldview and when biblical principles are applied to society, it will be successful. No other worldview will function properly. They all lead to death. But rather than working to apply Christianity to every area of life, we’ve checked out of society.
Of course, new Christians need someone to help them learn about basic doctrines. But why should everyone in church have to sit through another sermon on a basic topic while a few new Christians in the room learn the basics? By this time we all ought to be teachers so that anyone of us can teach the new Christians the basics.
Here’s what RJ Rushdoony had to say about this. It is four minutes worth listening to.