When it comes to doctrinal issues too plain to deny, a popular modern-day-tactic used by false teachers both within and without the church is a dismissal based upon the reasoning that says the only reason something was said or done is because it was the “cultural thing” to do.
Baptism for the remission of sins? It must have been a cultural thing. You have to understand that the Jews came from a background that included ritual baths. So today baptism is only a matter of preference.
Believing in only one God? It must have been a cultural thing. You have to understand that even though examples can be seen of people in the New Testament being told to repent of idol worship it was only because those idols would not allow Jesus to be recognized as resurrected from the dead.
Marriage is a covenant that only involves a man and woman? You have to understand that the things that were written, well they were written in times of cultural closed-mindedness and homophobia. God wants people to be happy, and if a command in the scriptures becomes irreconcilable with how they feel then their feelings must be trusted over the cultural commands of the time. Jesus never condemned homosexuality anyways.
Divorce and remarriage only if adultery has been committed? Again that was only a cultural aspect of the times. Paul said if an unbeliever doesn’t want to be married to a believer anymore then it was okay to let them go because personal peace matters the most.
Yes, it sure is amazing what can be dismissed when the feet of the dismissers stand firmly upon today’s culture – or yesterday’s…whichever one is most convenient is fine.
“If anyone thinks that he is a prophet, or spiritual, he should acknowledge that the things I am writing to you are a command of the Lord. If anyone does not recognize this, he is not recognized.” (1 Corinthians 14:37-38 – ESV)