Is Doubt A Sign Of Little Faith?
A friend of mine attended a service at the World Mission Society Church of God (WMSCOG) recently and was disturbed by something she heard. The person delivering the message claimed that “those that have doubt and ask questions are of little faith and those of strong faith just follow”. Wow. It seems doubt is something that is discouraged at this WMSCOG location. In a sermon titled “A Precious Cornerstone In Zion”, the WMSCOG claims that God adds to any existing doubt that we may have so that we will not be able to believe in Him.
God reveals His awesome power and shows more convincing evidence to those who realize His divine nature and believe in Him. However, to those who doubt and insult Him, He only shows things that make them more doubtful, so that they cannot believe in Him.
That’s interesting. The WMSCOG suggests that those that experience doubt are not those of strong faith in a sermon titled “Are You The One That Was To Come?”
Let us have firm faith in God, saying, ‘You are the One who was to come!’ rather than doubt, asking, ‘Are you the One who was to come?’ When we have such a confident faith, we can follow the Lamb wherever He goes, as the faithful 144,000.
What Does the Bible Say?
The Bible does not teach us that questioning is a sign of little faith. The Apostle Paul writes that the people he preached to in Berea were more “noble character” than those of Thessalonica. The people of Berea did not blindly accept Paul’s teaching. They looked to the Scriptures (Acts 17:11-12) in order to determine if what Paul said was true. As a result of questioning, many had a stronger faith, not more doubt.
Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. As a result, many of them believed, as did also a number of prominent Greek women and many Greek men.
Because they searched, as a result they believed.
In his first epistle, John warns us about false prophets (1 John 4:1).
Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
Here we see that the Bible tells us to test the spirits, and that people came to greater faith because of their questioning. From these sermons, and from what my friend heard, it doesn’t seem to me that the WMSCOG encourages questioning. The truth, however, can stand up to any questioning, precisely because it is fact. The truth has nothing to fear from being questioned, for it cannot be proven wrong.
Destructive mind control groups often equate questions and doubt with little faith and weakness. Members of these groups that demonstrate blind acceptance or “strong faith” are rewarded with additional “love bombing” and other social signs of approval in order to discourage and even stop the members’ critical thought process.