“For I give you good doctrine: Do not forsake my law.”
Proverbs 4:2 NKJV
We often hear the phrase doctrine divides and assume that it is a bad thing. On the contrary, sound doctrine divides or separates from false doctrine.
The Apostle Paul told Timothy to watch his life and doctrine and in the book of Acts we read that the people devoted themselves to the Apostles doctrine, to the breaking of bread, fellowship and prayer. Sound doctrine is important and false doctrine is dangerous.
2 Timothy 4:2-4 NKJV “Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.”
If we are not committed to hearing sound doctrine we will be lead astray, there is no way around that truth. Minimizing theology and discarding doctrine for the sake of unity is a door wide open for false teachers. Ambiguous statements of faith harm the church.
Today’s church culture emphasizes relevance and we see that doing so has brought us a social gospel with no ability to forgive or save. We must hold to sound doctrine or we will be tossed about by everything that presents itself. We must take the admonishment to sound doctrine seriously or we will be lead astray by wolves in sheep’s clothing.
2 John 1
1 and 2 Timothy