Doctrine is Bad????
Doctrine (Latin: doctrina) is a code of beliefs or “a body of teachings” or “instructions”, taught principles or positions, as the body of teachings in a branch of knowledge or belief system.
Over and over, I hear people say that doctrine is not important. In fact, people will follow after anything that has signs and wonders even though Jesus warned about using that to measure whether something is right or not. “For false messiahs and false prophets will rise up and perform great signs and wonders so as to deceive, if possible, even God’s chosen ones. See, I have warned you about this ahead of time.” Matthew 24:24-25 (NLT)
If we cannot measure these things by their signs and wonders, how do we measure them? We measure them by whether they teach sound doctrine.
“If anyone teaches false doctrines and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, he is conceited and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions and constant friction between men of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain.” 1 Timothy 6:3-5 NLT
This in no way is exclusionary from signs, wonders, and miracles. In fact, signs and wonders followed the sound doctrine taught by the apostles.
“Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles.” Acts 2:41-43 NKJV
So how do we prevent our movement from being deceived by those who work great signs and wonders, but teach and practice un-biblical and un-sound doctrines.
“Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.” 1 Timothy 4:15-16 NIV
We as leaders are responsible to watch both our lives and our doctrine closely. It is not only our lives that are at stake, but also the lives of those who listen to what we say. We will answer for those who fall away when they are not steered clear of false teachers by us. But if we teach sound doctrine, both us and them will be spared.
Granted, it is difficult for some to hear sound doctrine. At times that may also be our fault. If we allow a new believer to remain a baby christian rather than bring them to a place of spiritual maturity through discipleship, then we prevent them from being able to distinguish between sound and false doctrine. They will be easily mislead by those who perform great signs and wonders even though they teach un-biblical doctrines.
Who does God teach sound doctrine to?
“Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.” Isaiah 28:9
In this day and age, we must as ministers bring people past the sinners prayer into true discipleship so that they cannot be misled by false prophets and false teachers who work miracles. We must lead them into spiritual maturity so that they too can lead others. To do this… doctrine IS important!
Yeah, I know. I put an whole lot of scripture in this post. I wanted you to know that this was not just my thinking, but rather God’s doctrine. We should never teach our own doctrines.
“Jesus answered them and said, “My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me. If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority. He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but He who seeks the glory of the One who sent Him is true, and no unrighteousness is in Him.”” John 7:16-18