There has been lots of debate recently about some key issues that are at the heart of Christianity… and while it is good to question the whys and hows of what you believe it pays to have a really solid doctrine to start out with, because it needs to be the ruler in which we find out what is crooked
What is Doctrine?
Doctrine simply means a set of beliefs or teaching… Theology (in the Christian context) refers to the study of different doctrines in the attempt to know God’s nature more fully. Theos = God, Logos = Word.
Since the church formed, major events and conflict, often over matters of doctrine has resulted in significant rifts in the church. There are still these debates today…
Doctrine is important.
Scripture stresses the importance of sound doctrine.
Paul wrote letters to some of his young charges Timothy and Titus…
Timothy and Titus were both new in their leadership roles and Paul was straight up with them, telling them the importance about staying true to the gospel.
Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.
2 Timothy 4:2-3
Are we liking a certain type of teaching because it’s what WE want to hear… rather than good Doctrine?
Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.
1 Timothy 4:16
In this day and age… we make all these sweeping statements about faith, God, Heaven, Hell, salvation, eternity… all of which we have only a very limited understanding… but have we thought how much it can affect ourselves… or the people who may be reading our blogs, or listen to our rambles?
This could be a matter of life and death…
Paul tells us in Titus 1:9… that we are to:
hold fast to the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching, so that he will be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict.
Are we brave enough is this world to refute those who would contradict that which is written in Gods word?
Because there are theologies that are just not based on a solid scriptural foundation.
Even if it means that we may be seen as unpopular?
Even if it may seem you are being old fashion in a ‘progressive’ world?
I’m not saying that I’m not willing to listen to what you have to say…
What I am saying is that you better have a pretty AWESOME sound argument if you’re going to make comments that contradict with what is written in Gods word.
Don’t bring a knife to a gun fight!