A lot of teaching claims to be “balanced”. Let’s face it, when’s the last time you saw a book advertised that said “unbalanced teaching on thus and such”?
Some teaching really is balanced and some teaching isn’t. How can you tell the difference?
Simple. REAL balanced teaching balances the Word – it shows multiple aspects of what the Word says. For example, the Word says that you are blessed with Abraham’s blessing as a Christian, which includes prosperity and a lot of it. The Word also says that loving money will cause you to pierce yourself through with many sorrows and that you cannot serve God and money. (You can have both, but you can’t serve both.) Teaching only the first will encourage people to become idolators who are consumed with possessions, even though Jesus said that your life doesn’t consist in the abundance of your possessions. Teaching only the second will leave people with the impression that you should live poor so that you don’t become a lover of money and start serving Mammon instead of God.
On the other hand, there is the “balanced” teaching that says, “God says that He heals all your diseases in Psalm 103:3, but we know that some people are not healed, therefore it is obviously not ALWAYS God’s will to heal.” That is not balance at all –it’s compromise! It is not comparing spiritual things with spiritual things – it’s taking spiritual things on one hand and man’s experience on the other. That is very dangerous! You never base doctrine on experience! You can get messed up in a hurry. God’s Word is the only reliable source of doctrine – not someone’s testimony or personal opinion about something. We should strive to bring our experiences up to the standard of God’s Word, not to try to water down the Word until it matches our experiences!
Comparing the Word to the Word produces balance.
Comparing the Word to experience produces compromise.