Because of last weeks posting and the subsequent comments I have received many questions from the readers. The main questions on plenty of people’s minds are these two;
“Why is it a sin to attend a seminary that teaches heresy”?
“Am I sinning for attending a secular university”?
I answered the first question, or at least I tried to, on this weeks podcast but today I’ll attempt to expand upon it. Please see the following text and pay special attention to the emphasis I have added.
If a prophet, or one who foretells by dreams, appears among you and announces to you a miraculous sign or wonder, and if the sign or wonder of which he has spoken takes place, and he says, “Let us follow other gods” (gods you have not known) “and let us worship them,” you must not listen to the words of that prophet or dreamer. The Lord your God is testing you to find out whether you love him with all your heart and with all your soul. It is the Lord your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him. That prophet or dreamer must be put to death, because he preached rebellion against the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt and redeemed you from the land of slavery; he has tried to turn you from the way the Lord your God commanded you to follow. You must purge the evil from among you.
It seems fairly simple. We are not to listen to or be taught by false teachers. These teachers are a test from God. If we love God then why would we want to willingly listen to or be taught by false teachers? Wouldn’t willingly sitting under false teachers be disobedience to God? Wouldn’t that indeed be a sin? I think that it would.
Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them.
We are to avoid these teachers and not be willingly taught by them.
Reject a divisive man after the first and second admonition,
We are to reject false teachers and not willingly be taught by them.
If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him;
We are not to bring a false teacher into our houses or even greet these people and not willingly be taught by them.
having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!
We’re to turn away from false teachers and not be willingly taught by them.
The next question is a bird of another feather. Check out what the Apostle Paul writes to the Church at Corinth.
1 Corinthians 5:9-10
I have written you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world.
I would expect by enrolling in a secular university to encounter people who Paul described in the above text because the secular university is of the world. That would include Professors, Administration, as well as students. Paul told us we could associate with those types of people because that’s just the way it is. There would be no reason to repent of this because it would not be a sin to do so.
The bible also gives believers the following commands on how we are to conduct ourselves in these situations. We are to be witnesses (Acts1:8), light before all men (Philippians 2:15), to do good (Galatians 6:10), and to pray (1Timothy 2:1).
The bible tells us that there is a distinction as to what we are to expect from the world and what we are to expect from those who profess Christ. This is the Doctrine of Separation in a nutshell. You don’t hear these things being taught today because it’s an unpopular message. It’s a message we’ve been preaching around here for 3.5 years or so and will continue to preach as long as this site is in existence.