With all the different beliefs about the bible and Christianity in general, this one of the most common examples of faith that won’t save.
People are being told all manner of things, how can they know which is true? What should they base their faith on?
This is a rhetorical question, of course. All are to, as the Bereans in Acts 17, “search the scripture to find out whether these things are so.”
You can’t go to heaven on someone else’s shoulders, especially if the person who’s carrying you is going the wrong way themselves.
Rather it’s up to you-us to show the error in their belief so they can better understand God’s word and how we should live.
So what is ignorant faith? Anything believed to be as gospel that is contrary to God’s word.
That could be anything in worship that is done that contradicts the example of the church found in the New Testament.
That also could be anything practiced in our lives that contradicts God’s word. Especially if it’s done willfully as it often is.
In such cases, for one to claim to be living an acceptable life to God would be creating a god of their own, because there is only one God and He does not change. Malachi 3: 6-7
“For I am the Lord, I do not change;
Therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob.
Yet from the days of your fathers
You have gone away from My ordinances
And have not kept them.
Return to Me, and I will return to you,”
Says the Lord of hosts.
“But you said,
‘In what way shall we return?’
So God does not and will not change, the one who does, the one who leaves is us. Continuing in Malachi God tells His people exactly how they have turned from Him.
They’ve turned their offerings to God into a curse, and they’ve complained unjustly against Him even to the point of saying “it is useless to serve God.” Useless!
So what we’re living in today is a world of many gods much like the case in Athens in Acts 17. A world where people come up with their own gods, worship, and sacrifice [if they even want to] on the fly and live however they want, judged by the fallacies of their imagination.
Yet they still claim to be Christians. The Christ they claim in their name they’ve changed to be whatever they want Him to be. Like a pocket savior, here to save, then to be promptly forgotten again.
So the world today may be much like the case in Athens, but it’s actually worse, because those in Athens actually had an open mind and were willing to hear some new idea or philosophy. Are those today willing to hear about God’s word? Not if it makes them feel bad, or contradicts what they think to be true.
This type of faith will NOT save. How can it?