When did Dogma become a Dirty Word?

Posted on June 27, 2011


As I listen to people talk and listen to what they say, one thing has become increasingly clear: we live in a society with no absolutes. There is no longer any foundation for what the majority of people believe.  Relative truth and situational ethics have given us a way to justify anything that we want to do, and our children are being indoctrinated with these things nearly every day. From a very early age in school, children are being taught “acceptance” at the expense of purity, which is but one of the reasons I choose to homeschool. You can read more about that here.

This lack of absolutes has probably done no greater harm, than it has in the church. Bullied by groups like the ACLU, the church has rolled over and played dead. Many Christians are afraid to call anyone’s “lifestyle” a sin, for the fear of being labled an intolerant bigot. With the attitude that morality is relative instead of absolute, how can you possibly call what someone else does a sin? Acceptance of sin and compromises in the church have been made here and there, and before you know it they grow, and core doctrines of the faith have been dismissed.

The culmination of this is seen in the emerging church and postmodern christianity. In such “churches” it is no longer a place of authoritative teaching, instead it is an open “discussion.” Fuzzy theology marked by no absolutes and no single, accepted doctrine. By and large, they are even uncomfortable with the issue of salvation. By their own words, they are not comfortable with the “in vs. out” way of thinking. Instead, they are much more akin to universalists, and everyone brings their own ideas to the table. 

Now that may sound really nice, but there is a major problem with that type of thinking. The Bible is not seen as inerrant, literal, or authoritative, so with no solid foundation for their beliefs, all ideas are equally valid, and dogma has become a dirty word. How dare you have an uncompromising belief, even if it is based on the Bible. This has the effect of causing more questions than answers, which does nothing more than create confusion, and God is not the author of confusion.

1 Corinthians 14:33
For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.

What people need, today more than ever, are answers. This world is chaotic enough, without going to church only to leave with more questions. As Christians, we don’t need to be afraid to believe that the Bible actually means what it says, and says what it means. We don’t need to be afraid to believe that the Bible is the inerrant Word of God. We don’t need to be afraid to take a stand for what the Bible says. We don’t need to be afraid to call out sin. We don’t need to be afraid to say that Jesus Christ is the only path to salvation and peace, and that hell is the only alternative. As Christians, we don’t need to be afraid to be dogmatic about what the Bible says, or to try to share that truth with others.

Study the Bible

Know the Bible

Believe the Bible

And most of all, believe and know Jesus.

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