The Importance of Good Doctrine

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Watering the Tulips


“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” - 2 Timothy 3:16-17

We live in a world where people want to be entertained. Some churches advertise the fact that they don’t get into much doctrine, they try to simply help people live their daily lives. It is commonly accepted today that doctrine and practical teaching simply can’t go together. However, that is very foreign to Scripture. In fact, the Apostle Paul spent the first portion of several of his epistles solely on doctrine and the second portion he spent in application of that doctrine to our lives. In 2 Timothy 3:16, we are told that Scripture “is profitable for doctrine...”. It certainly seems that Paul thought that doctrine was profitable.

What about worship? Can we have worship apart from doctrine? Is it possible to simply come together and “Worship Jesus” without any priority or understanding being given to doctrinal teaching? All of those questions Jesus answered when He said, “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth” – John 4:24. God is NEVER worshipped by false teaching and lies. Emotion itself isn’t worship. Emotions come and emotions go; they cannot be trusted. The truth of God’s Word will stand forever, it doesn’t change nor does it waiver.

Relativism has invaded the churches in every area of our nation. Preachers are now afraid of being dogmatic or “narrow-minded,” and consequently won’t preach doctrine for fear that they might alienate someone. What the world needs most is the truth of the Gospel. There is much doctrine in the Gospel, most of which we will never fully uncover. We need churches that move away from trying to entertain and return to the preaching of the Bible and the doctrines contained in it. Doctrine will divide, but it will also cause us to “Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

If your church isn’t teaching the “whole counsel” of God, but instead spending their time telling stories, jokes and doing psychiatry, you need to find another church. Let’s save story time for the Kindergarten class, and finally get back to the deep doctrinal teaching that gives us blessed assurance for each new day!

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