Doctrine, What Do We Believe? What is the Truth?

According to the apostle Paul, any gospel other than the one he preached, is a false doctrine. 
Many in the New Testament church today define many things as doctrine. I recently asked of many of my readers and friends for their definition of the doctrine of the Body of Christ. I received a wide array of answers. One thing is for sure, is there are many opinions on this subject.
Why is doctrine important, you may ask? It is because we are warned over and over in God’s Word to watch and to be wary of false doctrines (plural), and to follow sound and true doctrine (singular).
I am going to discuss in this piece what I believe is the true doctrine of the church of our Lord Jesus Christ. While I believe that there are many false doctrines, I believe strongly that there is but one true doctrine for believers and I will lay it out as I see it.
 
 
Galatians 1:6-8
I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned!

 
Paul begins the discussion by discussing this in the most serious manner. He affirms that the gospel which he had at first preached to them was the true gospel. It contained the great message of salvation through the blood of Jesus Christ the Son of God, the doctrine of the Body of Christ which is the doctrine of salvation. It was too regarded as written by Paul as a fixed and settled point, that there was no other way of salvation but by the merits of the Savior. No matter who taught anything else; no matter though it be alleged that he had changed his mind; no matter even though he should preach another gospel; and no matter though an angel from heaven should declare any other mode of salvation, it is an eternal and settled point that the true gospel was the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ.

  • What is false doctrine(s)? False doctrine(s) is any message, any writing, any man, any ministry, any church, any denomination, any faith, or any teaching that adds or takes away from, and/or attempts to destroy the grace of Christ and proclaims salvation on any other terms than the simple dependence on the merits of the Lord Jesus as the begotten Son of God, His crucifixion, burial and resurrection as the basis for salvation.
  • What does Paul mean when he says, “Preach any other gospel”? This simply means any gospel that differs from that which was first preached to you, any system of doctrines which goes to deny the necessity of simple dependence on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation.There is but one pure Gospel of the grace of God, and Christ, and his apostles; there is not one and another; there is but one faith, one doctrine and scheme of faith; the Gospel is single and uniform, all of a piece, has no yea and nay, nor contradiction in it; this trumpet does not give an uncertain sound, nor a dreadful noise, but a joyful one, the joy of salvation by the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. 
  • In Acts 5 we see where the apostles had been jailed for preaching the good news. We read in verse 19, But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and, leading them out, said Go, take your stand in the temple courts and declare to the people the whole doctrine concerning this Life, the eternal life which Christ revealed. A few verses later we read where the scene played out in public, and Peter explains what doctrine that he was preaching as instructed by the angel. 

 

  •  Acts 5:28 We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name,” they said. “Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine and are determined to make us guilty of this man’s blood.”  Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than human beings! The God of our ancestors raised Jesus from the dead—whom you killed by hanging him on a cross. God exalted him to his own right hand as Prince and Savior that he might bring Israel to repentance and forgive their sins.

The doctrine explained here is clear…It is the risen Savior.

 

  • In Acts 17 Paul preached in the Jewish synagogue and explained that the Messiah had to suffer and was crucified and rose from the dead. “This Jesus I am proclaiming to you is the Messiah,” Paul preached. In verse 19 Paul was asked when they said to him, “May we know what this new doctrine is that you are presenting? Here we clearly see that the doctrine that Paul speaks of is Christ and Him crucified, buried and resurrected as being the doctrine in question.

 

  • In Titus chapters two and three we see these same terms described to us again from Scripture.  Paul’s writing to Titus describes both terms in words that remain consistent to the description he gives to Timothy.  After describing “sound doctrine” Paul warns Titus in Titus 3:9-10.  He says, “But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the law, because these are unprofitable and useless.

 

  • We need to understand that our doctrine as believers is, Jesus Christ as the son of God, Who was crucified and rose again that we might have the opportunity to be the eternal children of the Father by the remission of our sins in His blood. We are warned in these last days by Paul that there will be many who will pervert sound doctrine for their own evil purposes.

 

  • Timothy 4:3
    For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.

 

 

  • We have many fundamental and teachings of the faith on which we all believe that differ from church to church. Many of these include but are not limited to Glossolalia (speaking in tongues), gifts of the Spirit, Baptism in water, Creationism, Millennial Reign, The Rapture, and many more. These are teachings that we all believe in and sometimes argue about, but they are not doctrine of the Body of Christ. Lets us us be grounded in our faith and doctrine of our Savior.

 
Let us keep on guard for those that would try to pervert the Gospel and teach false doctrine(s) about the risen Savior, and at the same time avoid foolish arguments over things in the scripture that are not doctrine that we have differing opinions on, understanding that we all unify and stand fast on the doctrine of the New Testament Church which is the doctrine of Jesus Christ as the only begotten Son of the Father. Jesus died as the redemption for our sins and was buried and rose again that we in His blood might be redeemed from our sins and be reunited by His sacrifice to be in fellowship with our Creator.

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8 replies

  1. I love seeing your emails! Thank you for giving me an uplifting message every time!

  2. So true my Brother, Through the years I have seen so much division over what some have called doctrine, when it was merely opinionated theology. There is one truth that we must stand upon and you have written it well!

  3. should we listen to all Pastors? I am not really certain of how many are exactly are correct when they preach it. I read somewhere in Acts women aren’t suppose to preach at all. Can’t remembner the chapter or verse. But all men are suppose to do some kind of preaching and I want to hear the right wordsw coming out of the mouth, not the false ones.
    Darrell, as usually; this is you place to post anything that a Christian, and believer can come to and read!
    I really like this. God Bless You!

  4. In the beginning God created the Heavens and the earth, Genesis 1:1. The Lord God commanded the man, that he could not eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Genesis 2:16,17. Verse 18 tells us it was not good for man to be alone, so God created woman. God used the rib that was next to mans heart to create woman. Gods word is clear that Adam followed Eve with disobedience of Gods word to him. The word does not say for sure of how long it took for both of them to partake of the forbidden fruit, but they both did! Today men and Woman have the same nature to disobey, as the first man and woman created. Gods punishment was really a blessing in-disguise! If man will stay busy working and keeping Gods word and woman stay busy keeping her man and family then we would be better off today!
    In the beginning was the word,and the word was with God and the word was God. John 1:1.
    His word does tell all of us in 1Tim. 2:5-15 that there is only one mediator between God and man and that man is Christ Jesus. All men to worship Him with uplifted hands without wrath and without doubt. All men need to come to Christ and seek Gods knowledge of the truth.
    Women should wear clothes that cover them without revealing any part of them selves sexually, without all the expensive jewelry. Ladies should not enforce their authority over men. The word of God says Adam was created first but Eve was deceived first, but both were created and both were deceived. Most of all they are both created by our God. He sent His Only begotten Son to pay the price for the sinful nature that we all have in this world.

    The bride of Christ or the church will be raptured with both hard headed men and women that have come to Jesus humbly and learned to live with Gods knowledge of Truth, {The Holy Spirit}.

    The human race has no boundaries today. We have lost the backbone of our founding fathers. Men have allowed to much liberal thinking and acting to take over. The Moms and Dads have fallen short just like our economy has. Our expectations are out of sight and the reality is hard to bear. Gods word says it best If my people will humble themselves and pray,pray and pray, then I will come and heal their land.

  5. Bro Darrell, This thought came to my mind. The Bible talks about having schisms in the body. I ask this question Could this not adhere to the scriptures of Doctrine?. One church believes this thing such as the resurrection, one doesn’t, and they keep hashing this around and having debate after debate until one group goes out and starts another church ? We know this one thing though, Our Doctrine as I said before is Jesus Christ, Him Crucified and Risen again the third day. God can’t return until the Body of Christ receives this truth, that it is going to take the unity of the spirit, and everyone believing the same things and having their minds in one accord, before Jesus Christ returns in all of His Glory. Jesus is not coming for a self-righteous church, but He is coming for a church that has been redeemed through the blood of the lamb and those who have the testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ

    • Nedia , the return of Jesus Christ will nothing to do with whether or not the church is in one accord or believes a certain truth as the Son of God will not wait on any man.

      • Good reply Darrell. When being taught in Christian churches that mixed Law and Grace together I alway sensed I was ‘missing something’. Fortunately I ‘happened’ to come across ‘Forgotten Truths’ on WHT and learned that the Gospel of Grace – given to Paul by the Risen Lord for us today in the Age of Grace – is not the Kingdom Gospel (Matt-John & Heb-Rev under the Law Program). Richard Jorden outlined on the chalkboard God’s Timeline (Times Past, But Now, Ages to Come) and showed the difference between the Prophecy and the Mystery (given only to our Apostle Paul) did it ‘click’ and I understood. Like Paul states, “For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.” Romans 11:25 Just as the Serpent beguiled Eve, so does He promote the wrong Doctrine today and teaching we are living the Doctrine of Matt-John. That is not the Gospel of Christ that was given specifically to Paul for us and if we’re unaware of that we are not doing this: “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Tim 2:15 (KJB – which is to be taken literally). Hope you see this comment – since this is an old posting … I ‘happened’ to come across! Thanks.

      • Thanks for sharing your thoughts on new postings or old ones 🙂 appreciate the comment – in Christ, Darrell

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