The Galatian church had fallen prey to false teachers, and many of its members were being drawn away from the pure gospel of grace alone. Paul writes the letter to rebuke them and get them back on track. Here we can glean insight and many practical tips for how we can recognize and defeat false doctrine in our churches. Continue reading 10 Lessons From Galatians on False Doctrine and Its Teachers
Though it has sadly become a dirty word in evangelical circles, every bit of scripture that can be applied to anyone’s life is in some way related to “doctrine.” Although you could classify all scripture loosely as “doctrine”, even if we use a common evangelical understanding of “doctrine” it could be easily shown that you cannot learn about how to be a good husband, or how to avoid anger, or how to have joy, or how to fight depression, or how to parent your kids, or how to vote, unless you learn about “doctrine.” So it is not a surprise that when Paul writes his deeply application-oriented letters to different people and churches, that he focuses heavily on doctrine. In fact most of his letters are front loaded with doctrine and only afterword does he move to application. Paul’s letter to the Romans is no exception. Today we are going to briefly survey how the doctrine in Romans connects with and undergirds how we view fellowship in our churches. Continue reading Doctrine, Fellowship, and You, Oh My!
Having shown in the previous post that Doctrine Matters, I now wish to show you that correct theology will lead to godly living with specific examples. The table will be turned on them and their inconsistency revealed. And so, below is a collection of various doctrines and how a correct understanding of each will lead to a more God-honoring life. Continue reading Right Doctrine and Right Living: The Ridiculousness of “Deeds Not Creeds” Part 2
“Deeds not creeds!”
“I don’t need theology, I just love people!”
“I believe in the resurrection, and nothing else matters after that!”
Nearly everyone has heard statements like these. Perhaps some of us have used them ourselves. These words may even have been spoken by a brother or sister who is gung-ho and witnessing all the time. In some respect, I can sympathize with such words. What’s the point of sitting around debating supralapsarianism verses infralapsarianism if meanwhile people outside are dying and going to hell? Sure, I confess I have wasted a lot of precious time in worthless debates, and have often debated out of pride rather than edifying the others in the discussion. However, these are not excuses for being lax about truth or indifferent about theology.
Truly, everybody holds at least some theological positions. In fact, a statement like, “Deeds not creeds,” contains theology. Do you believe that committing adultery is sin? That’s theology. Clearly theology also matters when it comes to salvation. Who is Jesus Christ? What did the cross accomplish? Did Jesus really rise from the dead? What must I do to be saved? If we get any of these questions wrong, we are going to hell. That matters! So if we are on fire for God and evangelizing all the time but we give people the wrong information, we are doing no good but are instead causing a lot of damage. Continue reading Doctrine Matters: The Ridiculousness of “Deeds Not Creeds” Part 1