Whenever a politician changes their opinion on issues of the day, voters lose confidence in them. It is called “flip flopping” and it used to be scandalous for anyone to do such a thing. This is when a politician will tell one audience they are in favor of an issue, and then tell another audience they are against it. It has become commonplace for politicians to lie in order to obtain votes fraudulently. Politicians call it being flexible. God has a better name for “flip flopping”, it is called lying.
Fraudulent religions “flip flop” all the time. Denominations constantly change their doctrines in order to obtain numerical growth, and thus bringing more money into their coffers. Denominations used to be against instrumental music, today they are in favor of it. Denominations used to be in favor of women’s silence in the church, today they have women preachers and teachers. Denominations used to be against homosexuality, but today many are not only condoning such evil practices, but are welcoming them into preaching and leadership positions.
The church, which was established in new testament times are our example to follow today. We don’t have the option of flexibility to change the divine pattern which was established so long ago. We don’t have the right to change God’s ways in lieu of our own ways. We are all commanded not to go beyond that which was written (1 Cor 4:6). We are commanded to speak the oracles or the very words of God (1 Pet 4:11). We are forbidden to add to or take from God’s Word (Rev 22:18,19).
If we follow the divine pattern of God’s Word, we are added to the church by Jesus Christ once we have obeyed the gospel (Acts 2:47). The gospel is defined properly as the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ (1 Cor 15:1-4). Upon hearing the gospel one must believe in their heart and confess with their mouth that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God (Rom 10:17, 8-10). “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Mt 12:34). Upon such a confession of the heart one must repent and be baptized for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38 f; Acts 8:36-39).
One one has been baptized into the body of Christ they are commanded to worship God in spirit and in truth (Jn 4:23,24). Early day Christians assembled each first day of the week (Sunday) to remember the Lord’s death by partaking for the Lord’s supper (communion) (1 Cor 11:24-26). They gave of their means to assist the needy saints, for the preaching of the gospel, and for the edification of the saints (1 Cor 16:1-3 f; Eph 4:11,12) Assembled Christians sang and made melody in their hearts to the Lord (Eph 5:19 f; Col 3:16). They sang and prayed with the spirit and understanding also (1 Cor 14:15). They preached, they taught, and they studied the Word of God (Acts 20:7 ff; 2 Tim 4:2-5; 2 Tim 2:15). Each church in every city was governed by qualified elders and deacons (Acts 14:23 ff; Tit 1:5; 1 Tim 3:1-13).
There is an old saying which says, “Those who stand for nothing will fall for anything”. There can be no “flip flopping”, in how Christians are added to the church, how Christians worship, and how they are governed. Christians don’t have the flexibility to say both yes and no (2 Cor 1:18). “For we are not, as so many, peddling the word of God; but as of sincerity, but as from God, we speak in the sight of God in Christ” (2 Cor 2:17). “But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God” (2 Cor 4:2). Bottom line is this, Christians must stand up for the truth of God without wavering to the left or to the right, following every wind of doctrine (Eph 4:14). The world shall know where a Christian stands, for they are on the Lord’s side (Ex 32:26). They stand on the side of truth, and God’s Word is truth (Jn 17:17)! Only the truth shall set you free if you continue in it (Jn 8:31,32).