In one of our previous posts, we published a letter from Ken Haining, who explained 6 “Waymanite” doctrines that are harmful. While his letter was very thorough, and possibly listed the 6 most harmful doctrines, there are a few that should be added to the list.
Waymanite Doctrines That Are Harmful #7
The 7th doctrine that should be mentioned is how we were “advised” (with consequences) against starting a romantic relationship with those outside of the organization. This doctrine was partially discussed in the 5th doctrine, “Shunning”.
I’m not sure about other countries, but in the Netherlands, the following Scripture is (mis)used to back their doctrine.
Amos 3:3 “Do two walk together, unless they have agreed to meet?
If you read this Scripture in any other language and in context, it’s blatantly clear it refers to making an appointment. However, in the Dutch NBG51 translation, it’s worded in a way that pastors can manipulate congregants not to marry to those outside the organization.
But this is just wrong, if all Christians are a part of the body of Christ, and therefore the church, it shouldn’t matter what denomination or church another is from. When the pastor of a church concerns himself with whom you’re romantically involved, something is very wrong.
Waymanite Doctrines That Are Harmful #8
In Christian Fellowship Ministries, we’re taught God has given us a conscience, and to use this argument whenever we’re Evangelizing because this fact is what separates us from animals. They go on to explain that this conscience is the Holy Spirit in us who convicts us of our sins so we’ll repent from our sinful life.
This doctrine, as far as I know, is purely based on “it sounds good, so it must be true”, there’s no Scripture to back this doctrine. But we can use Scripture to tackle this argument.
1 Corinthians 10:29 I do not mean your conscience, but his. For why should my liberty be determined by someone else’s conscience? (ESV)
Different Holy Spirits in different people?
Romans 9:1 I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit (ESV)
My Holy Spirit bears me witness in the Holy Spirit?
Additionally, the Holy Spirit is only present whenever the pastor allows Him to be. After about 30 seconds of speaking in tongues, we gotta stop and continue with the program. If anyone is touched by the Holy Spirit and doesn’t stop within 30 seconds, they’re ridiculed from the pulpit and commanded to stop; it’s not the Holy Spirit, it’s just emotion.
More can be said about Christian Fellowship Ministries’ view on the Holy Spirit, but I’ll save that for a later post.
Waymanite Doctrines That Are Harmful #9
Finally, we’re going to look into the principle of exemplarity. In The Door, we often compare ourselves with the Levites.
Numbers 8:14 “Thus you shall separate the Levites from among the people of Israel, and the Levites shall be mine. (ESV)
In this Scripture it is clear the Levites were set apart for God, they were different than the other 11 tribes.
There are so many problems with this doctrine, it’s hard to list them all. But to name a few; we’re not Levites, this is the Old Testament, and we’re under the New Covenant.
During a Bible study in Arnhem, the “spirit behind the ministry conditions” was explained. The fact that they called this a Bible study doesn’t mean they were actually studying the Bible, they were studying the ministry conditions. The 5th study was about exemplarity. It was said that what we are speaks louder than what we say, and that exemplarity should be a natural consequence of our relationship with Jesus. We should be better than average because we have a testimony to uphold, because our behavior can draw people in, or repel them.
1 Corinthians 9:19-23 For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law. To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law. To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings. (ESV)
This Scripture was used to back their doctrine, but only part of it. All they showed on their slide was “I do it all for the sake of the gospel”. According to the pastor, that Scripture meant you weren’t allowed to drink alcohol, go to the movies, can’t smoke, can’t own a TV, etc.
Many would argue these are things they no longer want to do, but if this was your own choice, you shouldn’t have to sign a contract, and you shouldn’t have to face consequences (because of your pastor) if you did any of these things.
Whatever happened to “To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews”, and “To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law.”? Because that’s exactly what the gospel is about, winning people for Christ without being forced to do anything. You are responsible for your own salvation, some stupid contract isn’t going to help.
And if attending service at The Door is the only reason you see yourself as a Christian, you’d be better off leaving The Door and spending your time following Him rather than attending all their activities.