It’s not semantics

October 22, 2015

thinking over feeling


Doctrine serves as the foundation for the Christian life and the motivation for Christian activity. On the doctrine of our co-crucifixion with Christ rests the call for total dedication of our lives (Rom. 6:1–13). Knowing that God does not show partiality, neither should we in respect to how we relate to rich and poor who come into the church (James 2:1–4).

The hope of our Lord’s return ought to purify our lives (1 John 3:3). Because of the love of Christ (his love for me and my love for him), we let our lives be controlled by him (2 Cor. 5:14). Knowing the doctrine of our future judgment, we are motivated to persuade people to receive the Lord (2 Cor. 5:10).

All of these important Christian responsibilities are based on doctrinal truths.



Only by knowing the truth can we know and counter false teaching and errant living. The thirteen plus lifestyles and actions listed in 1 Timothy 1:8–10 (e.g., rebelliousness, ungodliness, lying, homosexuality) are “contrary to sound teaching.”


Sound doctrine is, literally, healthy doctrine; therefore, to learn, teach, and preach doctrine brings spiritual wellness and wholeness to believers. The same word used in 3 John 2 for physical health is used in the pastoral letters for spiritually healthy doctrine (1 Tim. 4:13, 16; 5:17; 2 Tim. 1:13; 4:3; Titus 1:9, 13; 2:1, 7). In light of these verses, who can dare to suggest that doctrine is not practical? Notice also that some of these verses are addressed particularly to Timothy and therefore apply especially to ministers and leaders (1 Tim. 4:13, 16; Titus 2:1, 7).



Some significant and practical ramifications stem from the importance of doctrine. First, realize that everyone has a doctrinal system, even though the individual may not realize or acknowledge this to be true. It may be systematic or unorganized, even sloppy, but we all operate on the basis of some doctrinal scheme.

Obviously the “free thinking” atheist and agnostic do, as well as the more structured Calvinist (once saved always saved) and Arminian (you can lose your salvation).

Therefore, the preacher and teacher, professional and layman, need to read theology regardless of his type or place or level of service.


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