Does Doctrine Matter If…….

aa-biblebookI grew up being taught that the most important aspect of Christianity was getting doctrine right.  I do not disagree that it is important that we teach truth.  I heard so much about “sound doctrine” that more important matters were often overlooked.  I was thinking about serving God this afternoon.  As I was giving my mind to matters religious several questions came to my mind.  I want to share some of these questions for you to think about.

  • Does doctrine matter if  we aren’t committed to the Lord?  When Jesus died on the cross He did so as a result of choice.  He could have called a legion of angels to rescue Him from the soldiers on that day.  He was committed to paying our sin payment.  Shouldn’t we be committed to Him?
  • Does doctrine matter if   we put other Gods before the Lord?  We serve the Gods of pleasure, entertainment, self-gratification as well as various other Gods.  If we only serve the Lord when it fits into our plans does doctrine really matter? 
  • Does doctrine matter if  aren’t interested in bringing lost souls to the Lord?  Is the truth really valuable  to us if the only thing we do with it is argue about it.
  • Does doctrine matter if our service to God doesn’t cost?  Following Christ was intended to be a life changing decision.  If our lives never changes does it really matter what we teach or believe?
  • Does doctrine matter if we are a Sunday Christian only?  If our Christianity never makes it to our lives during the week does doctrine matter?

Is it possible we stress doctrine to the point that application is overlooked?  If we get every point of doctrine correct but never make application in our lives does it really matter what we teach?  Christians and churches may teach every doctrine exactly as they ought to be taught but if we are dead in our service to God does it matter?

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4 Responses to Does Doctrine Matter If…….

  1. Guy says:

    If we take more time to argue about doctrine then doing everything required of us to bring souls to Jesus then our FAKE doctrin does not matter in the end. Anytime we justify taking our ease when we should be reaching out to those in need then something is wrong with our doctrine. When we justify not doing all we can becasue we will never be perfect any ways, then our doctrine is based on wrong truths.

  2. Jan says:

    That’s like when a tree falls in the forrest, if noone is there to hear it does it make a sound? Yes, doctrine matters—-but only to those who let Christ live in, and through, them.

  3. Wayne McDaniel says:

    “By this shall men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one to another.” – John 13:35

    “If any man sees his brother sinning a sin not unto death, he shall ask, and God will give him life for them that sin not unto death.” – 1 John 5:21a

    “Pray without ceasing.” – 1 Thes. 5:17

  4. Keith Brenton says:

    I think you, Dell, and the previous commenters have perceived a truth that is so easy to overlook/forget: that Christlikeness IS our doctrine.

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