Doctrine in the Church: What is it and why does it matter?

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These days people look at those who value biblical doctrine as extremists. Some churches have even said they are prioritizing the experiential over doctrine. So what exactly is doctrine?

Doctrine isn’t just DOs and DON’Ts; it’s understanding the character and nature of God. It’s adjusting to what IS, rather than what you want it to be. There are attributes and qualities that belong to God.  And yet it is now very common to see stories of Christians deciding to embrace spirituality without what they call “dogmatic teachings in religious settings.”

Joining us is Dave Wager. Dave is the author of several books and the  president of Silver Birch Ranch and Nicolet Bible College in northern Wisconsin. Dave is also the president of a ministry called The Omega Force, a catalyst that helps Christians learn the Word of God through college-level courses that anyone can take online.

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2 Responses to Doctrine in the Church: What is it and why does it matter?

    Chapter Five, Page 85
    By James Sundquist

    Rick Warren: “God won’t ask about your religious background or doctrinal views.”
    Say what? Doctrine doesn’t matter? So why did the apostle Paul spend so much time and effort warning us about doctrines of demons? Why bother to even warn the Galatians who had been bewitched? More of what Paul thought about doctrinal views:
    All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.

    —2 Timothy 3:16
    For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears.

    —2 Timothy 4:3
    Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.

    —Titus 1:9
    What the apostle John thought of doctrinal views:
    If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed.

    —2 John 1:10
    And God won’t ask about doctrinal views? Well, Jesus Christ (who is God) also did not agree with Rick Warren regarding the importance of doctrine, as we read His words directly to the church in Pergamum in the Book of Revelation:

    But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication. So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, which thing I hate.
    —Revelation 2:14–15

    Doctrinal views do matter! Warren’s belittling the importance of sound doctrine might explain why so few in his congregation and those who have become Rick Warren churches, have opposed him . . .they took his advice of less Bible and more stories and personal testimonies, so no one would recognize even the most blatant heresy. And even where the Bible is taught, where they might get grounded to recognize error, they are given diluted and obscured translations which have added to, deleted, subtracted from, and completely changed the meaning of God’s Word. So, from Rick Warren’s own testimony and advice, we see prophecy of 2 Timothy 4:3 being fulfilled in these last days in his own church and in the thousands of churches who believe his statement(s).


  2. Justin says:

    James, that is excellent!


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