Posted by: johnnyp1978 | April 14, 2009

Doctrine Matters

I thought this article by Chuck Colson was very good: http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2009/april/10.72.html?start=1

Doctrine is very important to the Christian faith. Without doctrine Christianity becomes nothing but man’s imagination. Titus 1:9 gives this instruction to elders:He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.” This is not something that should be held only by elders but is important to all believers. In order to fight the good fight we must hold on to the foundational doctrines of the faith which are eroding in this present age. No longer do people in the church care about rock solid doctrine. The Bible has become something completely obscure and the meaning is defined by the reader rather than the Holy Spirit. They might attribute their interpretation to the Spirit but if they were to test their doctrine by the light of Scripture they would quickly see their doctrine as false.

This article brings up some great points:  http://opc.org/os9.html?article_id=138

Debating over theology is not something that is wrong. Yes, we often end up feuding over doctrinal views, but that doesn’t mean we should shy away from debate. Proverbs 27:17 says, “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” Healthy debate helps sharpen doctrine; it helps you defend your position, strengthen your position, or even change your position.

So many people talk about theology as putting God in a box. But it isn’t putting God in a box if used rightly. Theology is there to help our pea brains comprehend the infinite God, at least the things He has revealed about Himself. Theology is not meant to limit God but to limit man to what he is to believe about God (WSC Q.2 & 3):

Q. 2. What rule hath God given to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him?
A. The word of God, which is contained in the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, is the only rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him.

Q. 3. What do the scriptures principally teach?
A. The scriptures principally teach what man is to believe concerning God, and what duty God requires of man.

Man should not be allowed to just believe what ever he wants to about God. People of other religions are not the only people guilty of believing things about God that are not true. Many people in the church today believe things about God and the Bible that are not found in Scripture. A lot of these beliefs are based on feelings rather than Scripture. While it sounds really spiritual to follow your heart when searching for God this is really dangerous. Our hearts have been corrupted by sin. Only through Scripture can we find the truth of God. One may feel free staying away from theology but they are really only heading for disaster and creating a faith invented by their own imagination. It may look like Christianity, it may sound like Christianity, but unless it is founded in Scripture it is not true orthodox Christianity.

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