Saturday, January 21, 2006

Sound Doctrine or the Newest Fad?

Like cancer eating away a body, the church is being eaten up by those who preach and teach false doctrine.

Those who throw spiritual temper tantrums against truth endlessly cry out that we just need 'unity' and not 'doctrine'. These people also do tremendous damage to the Body of Christ.

But what does Jesus [God] say?
...and what did Paul and the rest of the Apostles say?
...and what does the very Word of God [the Scriptures] have to say?

"If any man will do his will,
he shall know of the doctrine,
whether it be of God,
or whether I [Jesus] speak of myself..."
Jesus ~ (John 7:17)

We are commanded to preach sound doctrine.

The world is perishing because of a lack of sound doctrine and the church is being led into grave heresies because of carnal teaching errors of wicked men. God's divine principles which teach us how to regulate our behaviour and how to counteract false teaching are being cast aside in the name of 'tolerance', 'don't judge me theology', 'emerging worship practices', 'alternative worship', 'pop-psychology', 'Word-Faith heresy', etc.

Countless churches today have not only departed from the doctrines of the Bible and are wallowing in the unclean doctrines of men, they are even running after 'Christianized' paganism that is pawned off as 'deeper spirituality. Much of it is really just repackaged forms of the teachings of the demons (fallen angels that have given mankind counterfeit spirituality, i.e. - yoga, contemplative prayer, breath prayer, Toronto/Pensacola manifestations, etc.) Paul the Apostle called this the didaskalious demonian, the teachings of the demons. It can be found in pagan relogions around the globe and many Christians are just repackaging it. See 'Christian Yoga' and 'Christian Wicca' [Witchcraft].

The Holy Spirit says very clearly...

"But the [Holy] Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith,
paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons..."
(1 Timothy 4:1).

Because Christians are giving heed to deceitful spirits and the doctrines of the demons, false teaching and sin in its myriad forms is smothering the life out of countless millions of souls! And for non-believers...BILLIONS of souls!!!

We dare not remain silent; even if it means upsetting some readers.

The Bible is very clear, we are to...
"Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long-suffering and doctrine...For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears."
(2 Timothy 4:2-3 )
Jesus taught sound doctrine, not the latest fad or book!
Mark 1:22
And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes.

Mark 12:38
And he said unto them in his doctrine, Beware of the scribes, which love to go in long clothing, and love salutations in the marketplaces.

The Apostles taught sound doctrine, not the latest fad or pop-psychology 'self-help' book!

Acts 5:28
Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man's blood upon us.

Acts 13:12

Then the deputy, when he saw what was done, believed, being astonished at the doctrine of the Lord.

Acts 17:19
And they took him, and brought him unto Areopagus, saying, May we know what this new doctrine, whereof thou speakest, is?
Scriptural advice concerning 'doctrine'.
1 Timothy 1:3
As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine.

1 Timothy 4:6
If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.

1 Timothy 4:13-16
Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine ...Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.

1 Timothy 5:17
Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.

1 Timothy 6:1
Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed.

2 Timothy 3:16
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness...

Titus 1:9
Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.

Titus 2:1
But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine...

2 John 1:9
Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.

2 John 1:10
If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed.

Revelation 2:14
But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.

2 Timothy 4:2-3
Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long-suffering and doctrine...For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears.
Sadly, itching ears are everywhere in the church today.
Let us fight the good fight of [the] faith and preach and teach sound doctrine!
Lord Jesus come quickly!