May 12, 2008

Does Doctrine Matter???

Posted in Bible Study, Christian life, Gospel, Postmodernism at 3:29 pm by Dan Lowe

I hear a lot of people today saying that Christians should set aside our distinctive doctrinal beliefs and simply “follow Jesus together.”

My response is usually, “How can we follow Jesus together if we don’t agree on the path He is walking?”

Doctrine matters.  True, some doctrines matter more than others.  For example, we may be able to disagree to some extent over whether Jesus will come back to this earth before, during or after the tribulation, but we must agree that He is coming back (I Thess 4:13-18)!!!  We may disagree over the continuation of a supernatural prophetic gift today, but we must agree that Scripture is the only rule of faith and practice (II Tim 3:16-17)!!! 

Most importantly, we must agree on the gospel.  The gospel alone is of “first importance” (I Cor 15:1-4.)  The gospel is the power of God for salvation and no one is saved apart from the biblical good news of the work of Jesus Christ on our behalf through His righteous life, sacrificial death and victorious resurrection!

Doctrine matters!  We should all be striving to grow on a daily basis in our knowledge of the truth proclaimed by God in Scripture.

For a helpful article on why doctrine matters, read what Dr. John MacArthur has to say here http://www.sfpulpit.com/2008/05/09/why-doctrine-matters/

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