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Great Bible Doctrines

January 19, 2014

Great Bible Doctrines

The sacred scriptures contain many great doctrines. They are central to our understanding of the Bible itself, and our part in God’s plan for humanity. Let us explore some of the “Great Bible Doctrines.”

  • Salvation from sin is one of the great doctrines of the holy writings.

Sin is a reality of human existence. All (that is, Jews and Gentiles) have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 6:23) Sin is not inherited from Adam, Eve, or anyone else. Sin results when a person violates the will of God. (l John 3 :4) Unforgiven sin results in spiritual death. (Romans 6:23; James 1:14-15) The final irreversible condition into which the wicked will find themselves is called the second death. It consists of the casting of the wicked into the lake that burns with fire and sulphur. (Revelation 20:14-15; 21:8) The sinner must be forgiven or they will be punished!

The remedy for sin is forgiveness which is is based on God’s love, grace, and mercy. (Ephesians 2:4,5,7,8,9) God forgives sinners when they meet the conditions of forgiveness that are detailed in the New Testament. In general terms, a person must obey the gospel of Christ. (Romans 10:16) Those who do not obey the gospel will be punished. (2 Thessalonians 1:7-9) The alien sinner obeys the gospel when they believe (John 3: 16), has a radical change of mind (Acts 17:30), acknowledges Jesus as Lord and Messiah (Romans 10:10) and is immersed into the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19)

After a person is immersed into the Lord Jesus, they must be faithful in all aspects of life. They must be holy in body and mind. (1 Peter 1: 14-16) Their words must be pure. (Ephesians 5:25-29) They must worship God in spirit and truth. (John 4:24; Philippians 3:3) They must be courageous and never disown their Lord. (Revelation 21:8)

They must pray constantly. (Colossians 4:2)

Ron Daly

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Too much Doctrine

July 1,2012

Too Much Doctrine

It is not uncommon to hear denominational people complain against members of the Lord’s body, because as they say, “You people in the church of Christ believe in too much doctrine.” Their complaint does not alarm me because denominationalism is not based on, nor is it sustained by true doctrine. I am alarmed when members of the Lord’s body complain that we teach and preach too much doctrine. The thing that makes this so astonishing is the fact that it is coming from some of the most surprising sources. How can a person rightly express dissatisfaction with our emphasis on correct doctrine when the people of God are established on a system of true doctrine? The New Testament says a lotabout the importance of doctrine. Do we not realize that doctrine is teaching? Now ask this question: Is what we teach important? If it is, how can preachers and teachers be blamed for propagating “too much doctrine?”

In the New Testament we find a strong emphasis on doctrine.

People were astonished at Jesus’ doctrine or teaching. (Matt. 7:28-29) The believers in the first century “were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching.” (Acts 2:42,NASB) Through the book of Acts we read of people being “astonished at the teaching of the Lord.” (Acts 13: 12) Christians even teach when they sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. (Col. 3:16) The Holy Spirit commands preachers to give heed to “the teaching.” (1 Tim. 4:16). All believers are ordered to “remain in the teaching.” (2 Jno. 9-11) How can a person who knows basic Bible teaching say we focus on “too much doctrine?”

There is a heinous agenda underlying the attitude of those who say, “There is too much focus on doctrine.”

First allow me to say, we should strive for consistency in our teaching and practice. We should strive to preach the “whole counsel of God.” (Acts 20.:26-27)  We should teach on marriage,divorce, and remarriage; the grace, love, and mercy of God; the need for righteous living; the home; the parent-child relationship; the Christian and the government; sexual immorality; addiction to Sin; the devil; elders and deacons; the nature and work of the local congregation, etc. But, those who are pushing the “too much doctrine” philosophy are reacting to something that is making them very uncomfortable.

What could it be that is causing a stir?

They are complaining about “too much doctrine” because preaching against instrumental music in worship; the social gospel, the direct operation of the Holy Spirit in the conviction and conversion of the sinner, and the edification of the believer; and the sin of denominationalism is striking close to home. Many people “left” denominationalism but they did not leave all of the false doctrine they were taught! They still believe some of the things they were taught, and are determined to fight anything and anyone who challenges the errors they espouse. There are also people who do not believe their parents or siblings who died out of Christ are lost, even though Jesus said they are lost. (Mat. 7:13-14; Jno. 14:6) This explains why they get very uncomfortable when such issues are forthrightly addressed!

Ron Daly

(The Sunday morning Bible classes have begun studying the life of Christ, and the following scriptures have been submitted to me for the congregation’s use as suggested Bible readings: Mark 3:20 thru chapter 7)

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