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Acts 4:15–17 (ESV): 15 But when they had commanded them to leave the council, they conferred with one another, 16 saying, "What shall we do with these men? For that a notable sign has been performed through them is evident to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it. 17 But in order that it may spread no further among the people, let us warn them to speak no more to anyone in this name."
Dogma is a blinder the enemy uses to get us to deny the truth, even when it's plain as day. We must have a loose handle on our non-foundational views (anything except Jesus Christ and Him crucified) lest we miss the truth when it stares us in the face.
The religious leaders denied the works of Jesus. They saw Him perform signs and wonders and they refused to believe He was the Messiah. They denied Jesus because He didn't fit their dogmatic profile. They blatantly rejected the truth and traded it for their own beliefs. The Lord gives them another opportunity to repent by using Peter and John and the miraculous healing of the lame man at the Gate Beautiful. They again rejected the truth because of their dogma.
What dogmatic beliefs do you have that if they do not work out as you understand them would rock your faith? We must be very careful with being overconfident in our understanding. We see through a glass dimly so we could be wrong about some things. Always remain open to the Scriptures and the Spirit allowing them to trump your dogma. It doesn't mean you can't be confident in your view on something but always maintain the mindset of truth above all! Amen?
Father, we thank You that You are the revealer of truth. How amazing it is that You give us opportunities to correct our thinking about You. May we always remain open to Your Word and the Spirit we pray in Jesus' name, amen.
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