|“So important is walking by faith to our Lord, that you will find Him often placing you in a position where you are forced to believe. You will find such times uncomfortable, but these are the moments when you learn to trust God.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt H”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“One man esteems one day as better than another, while another man esteems all days alike. Let every one be fully convinced in his own mind.” Romans 14:5
Some doctrines considered essential to the Christian Faith are derived by inference. For example, we believe that God is One in Three Persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. No passage of which I am aware explicitly says this, but the whole of Scripture implicitly teaches it. Another such teaching is that women are welcome at the Lord’s Table. You find no specific place in the Bible were they are present, but their presence is implied by the fact that Paul gave instruction to the Corinthian church on the Lord’s Table,376 and women were part of the church.
The more you embrace inferred doctrine, or the greater the number of steps necessary to arrive at your conclusion, the greater your chance of becoming unbiblical and consequently alienated from other believers. For example, the Bible commands that the people of Christ be baptized. It gives no express instruction regarding the age necessary to qualify for baptism, or the method, such as sprinkling, pouring, or immersion. Again, Scripture gives assurance that Christ will retum. You may believe that this necessitates the church going through the tribulation, and therefore God’s people should prepare for a time of great upheaval by safely storing large quantities of food. In this instance you infer that believers must face the tribulation and then take an added step of inferring that they must store food. The greater the number of inferential steps, the greater the tendency to error and with it to be isolated from other believers.
You are invited to develop personal convictions based on inference, even elect to fellowship with those who agree with your convictions, but be careful not to make them normative for others. Your personal convictions are not the standards or commandments of others.
376 cf. I Corinthians 11:17-34
Isaiah 62-64 1 Timothy 1 (New King James Version)
1 Timothy 1
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Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in Prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Psalm 91:2
Devote yourselves to Prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The Prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16
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