Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Does Doctrine Really Matter?


by John MacArthur


Is it enough to "believe in Jesus" in some amorphous sense that divorces "faith" from any particular doctrine about Him, or is doctrine--and the content of our faith--really important after all?

Scripture plainly teaches that we must be sound in the faith--which is to say that doctrine does matter (1 Tim. 4:6; 2 Tim. 4:2-3; Tit. 1:9; 2:1). It matters a lot.

"If anyone advocates a different doctrine, and does not agree with sound words, those of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the doctrine conforming to godliness, he is conceited and understands nothing" (1 Tim. 6:3-4, emphasis added).

Sound, biblical doctrine is a necessary aspect of true wisdom and authentic faith. The attitude that scorns doctrine while elevating feelings or blind trust cannot legitimately be called faith at all, even if it masquerades as Christianity. It is actually an irrational form of unbelief.

God holds us accountable for what we believe as well as how we think about the truth He has revealed. All Scripture testifies to the fact that God wants us to know and understand the truth. He wants us to be wise. His will is that we use our minds. We are supposed to think, meditate, and above all, to be discerning.

The content of our faith is crucial. Sincerity is not sufficient.

Consider, for example, these well-known verses. Note the repeated use of words like truth, knowledge, discernment, wisdom, and understanding:

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5 comments:

Robert Tewart said...

To Scott: Yes, you are right. I moderated your comment out but probably not for the reason you might think. You began your comment with blasphemy and that is why it does not appear here. If you would like to "post responsibly" as you have put it, please adhere to a few simple rules:

First of Course, no blasphemy of any kind.

Secondly. The name or any name or any pronouns describing God (Him, He) must be capitalized. This also goes for the Bible.

No foul language of any kind, however mild you think it might be.

I think this pretty much covers it.

Thanks, Rob

Scott said...

Ok, that sounds fair, I was unaware and without guile although I disagree with your analysis of your accusation, I will reframe and try to observe your rules, because I would be curious to a responsible answer or a response.
It is amazing how twisted ones thinking can become when they leaves God's grace and go whoring (biblical reference and term ) (see 18 different verses starting in Exodus 34:15)(I hope God’s word is not offending anyone, although I doubt it, tongue in cheek) after another, may Jesus Christ the King of kings and Lord of lords have mercy on all those deceived by the perversion of this article. It seem pointless to even dissect the subtil deceptions of what this article purports, see your eyes are blind and ear are dull, and you will probably moderate this comment into the black hole that truth has been appointed in your world; (which to your credit you didn’t simple dismiss the comment) but a couple of comments, hopefully may the scales fall off the blinders to whom it is purposed to understand, or at least a record of how to deal with this beast.
1. Amorphous, indeed nebulous million dollar word, the shapelessness you place on faith is inherent to the whole article, as may be its real intent. The predisposed redefine premise that faith is believing in Jesus as if that can be some ingrained part of ones being, is how the Hegelian Dialectics and Conspiracy operates, even when it is their position to somehow oppose the premise they are trying to prorogate, a type of controlled opposition.
2. “Blind trust” WOW, we shouldn’t blindly trust God? REALLY, is that what you are saying? Should we also not blindly fear God?

rrn said...

Wow.  In denying the article through unintelligible and incoherent rambling Scott unintentionally proved it true in reverse that Doctrine does matter.  How do you answer foolishness?  All that comes to mind is Proverbs 26:4.

In the meantime we would love to help answer genuine questions.  

Scott said...

typical false christains

Matthew 5:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

you guys don't even believe what the bible says, that is why ye never answer in truth.

Jude 1:13 Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.

Robert Tewart said...

Scott, Please let me be honest and straight with you. What I'm about to say, I offer in Christian love.

Your questions are difficult to understand, because they are not clearly expressed. I'm not quite sure where you're coming from and I'm not sure why are angry at us. I don't think we have been offensive in any way, but if we have, let me be the first to apologize.

We are happy to dialogue, and even debate with you, but we will not argue and exchange harsh words particularly when they are laced with bible verses used out of context. Any more posts of this nature will simply be ignored.