In this way we can answer two important questions. The first is, what do we really believe, based on how we live? If I believe "God is love," then what I do will reflect just that. On the other hand, we can judge a certain teaching on how it is lived. Some church members in 1930's Germany believed that evolution and Protestant doctrine were converging to bring in the Kingdom of God on Earth through His perfected people. The Kingdom didn't come, of course, but they found that their doctrine
had been a crucial part in the coming of the Third Reich.
An even more important decision point is before the Church today. The Gospel of Christ has always been a message of transformation- of the "new man." The point of Jesus' Cross was of saving us from our sins. People in power groups in the American "Episcopal Church" have taken it on themselves to redefine that message so that the sins against which the Bible warns us are not nearly so condemning as presuming that the Bible warns us against those sins. Millions of dollars have been spent, and thousands of lives affected, in their high pressure campaign to establish "inclusivity" as the one cardinal virtue with anyone pausing so much as to ask if there are any standards for "inclusion into full participation" in the Church. Interestingly this is the "Protestant Episcopal Church" which, being anything but Roman Catholic, would say that it is God Who does the including and excluding for membership in the Body of Christ, and we would expect that the Roman Church would not dream of placing someone into a place of responsibility or, for that matter, offer Holy Communion to a person who is living openly in mortal sin. If the Episcopal church presumes to do so, are they not then saying that God is really out of touch, so they are taking over for Him in that department?
So how is this more important than the German Protestant blunder? In this way: In the 1930's they did recognise that God is in control, but presumed that "purifying" their country was an act of obedience. Today
these Americans are saying that a new deity, whom they call "Spirit," or a god which conforms to their own political agenda, is guiding their actions, and conformity to their politics is all that matters. The one sent millions to an early grave, the other threatens to detour millions away from a real faith in Christ for a false sense of security that merely being a nice green liberal is what really counts for the highest good.
Jesus said, "Come to me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest."