TRUTH WILL NEVER CHANGE.
Some people think that doctrine is not important or necessary. On the other hand, some people think that fellowship is based on doctrine. Fellowship must be established on a true experience of salvation. It is sectish and an unrighteous cause of division to exclude a person from fellowship who has repented of his sins and is living a holy life according to all the understanding which the Holy Spirit has revealed to him.
The word “doctrine” simply means “instruction.” God has given us righteous instructions by the Holy Spirit and by the Holy Scriptures. As these instructions are formulated into concise statements of faith, we call these statements of faith doctrine.
No man has the privilege or authority to establish any doctrine which is not set forth in the Holy Scriptures.
John 7:16Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.
How is it that Jesus could say that “My doctrine” is not mine.Because He received it from someone other than Himself.
He received it from His Father. This scripture testifies to the truth of the Trinity.
Likewise, I can say that “My doctrine is not mine.”I don’t own it. I didn’t make it. I didn’t originate or author it.
We have limited rights to the doctrines of Jesus Christ.
Your life is like the parsonage I live in. It is mine but it isn’t mine.
It is mine to use and enjoy; but, I can’t sell it or give it to someone.
This message is not mine. This body is not mine. This congregation is not mine.
All things are given to us to use temporarily. We are mere stewards of the things which belong to God. We do not own anything.
1 Cor 6:19-2019 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
God has entrusted you with the care of your body. You are charged with taking care of it for the glory of God. You are responsible for using your energy and abilities for the glory of God.
When I say “your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost” whose doctrine am I teaching?That is not a “seventh day Adventist” doctrine, although they may pervert it and use it to their own detriment. That is a doctrine of God.
When the devil puts an evil and unrighteous spin on a particular scripture, he has changed the doctrine and it is not the same as what God has spoken. Satan will often times take a Holy Scripture and twist it for his own purpose.
James 4:3Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
We are instructed not to “consume” our lives for our own pleasure.The word “consume” in this verse means: to waste or spend.
We must manage and use our mind and body for the glory of God.
That doctrine is not mine. It is the doctrine of God.
John 7:17,1817 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.
18 He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.
If you love God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength, you will know the doctrines of God.The Holy Spirit will come to you and instruct you in the ways of righteousness.
If you are directing your own steps and forming your own doctrines, then you are seeking your own glory and not the glory of God who called you to serve Him.
If you speak your own thoughts and your own ideas and opinions, then you seek your own glory.
If you speak of yourself, then you exalt yourself and not God.
We must make sure that our doctrines are the doctrines of God and not of our own making.
I challenge you to study the word of God and prove whether my doctrine is mine or God’s.The doctrines of God will contain a holy and divine principle. They will not be fleshly or worldly.
The doctrines of God will always be supported by the Word of God.
1 Tim 1:3-133 As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine,
4 Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.
5 Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:
6 From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling;
7 Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.
8 But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully;
9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,
10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;
11 According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.
12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;
13 Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.
There are sound doctrines and there are false doctrines.It is your responsibility to study the scriptures and listen to the Holy Spirit so that you can discern the difference between right and wrong.
When we judge a matter, whether it be small or great, we must be sure that we are guided by sound doctrine. Are we following a righteous and just principle?
Is our spirit and attitude in agreement with the sound doctrines which Jesus has set before us?
Acts 2:42And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
The doctrine of the Apostles, which was not their own doctrine, but the doctrine of Jesus Christ, will always produce a unity of fellowship. When will doctrine produce fellowship? When it is administered by the Holy Spirit and the saints manifest the grace of the fruit of the Spirit. When doctrine is set forth in “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance” it will always produce a divine fellowship. When doctrine is set forth with strife, envy and a preeminent spirit, it will always cause division.
My doctrines must be the same as the doctrines of Christ.Your doctrines must be the same as the doctrines of Christ.
There are many deceivers who have gone about preaching and teaching their own doctrine.
2 Tim 3:10-1710 But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience,
11 Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me.
12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.
14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;
15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
If you are not careful, Satan will have you thinking and talking things which are not profitable. Faultfinding, disrespect, usurping authority, false accusations, gossiping and such like will tear down the righteous doctrines of the church of God.
7 For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.
8 Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.
9 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.
10 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:
We have been rooted and grounded in the pure doctrines of Jesus Christ.We must not turn and begin to establish ourselves in some other doctrine.
Every aspect of our conduct and speech must line up and agree with the doctrines of Jesus Christ.
If any part of our conduct and speech is contrary to holiness and the doctrines of Jesus Christ then we need to adjust our own selves. We need to modify, change, conform and bring ourselves and our doctrines into agreement with the truth as presented by the Word and the Spirit.
Mark 9:41For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.
You belong to Christ.This is an emphatic statement that: you exist for Christ.
You were created for His glory and to serve Him.
You have no right or privilege to do anything but to serve Jesus Christ.
Rev 4:10-1110 The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
Why are you in this world? Why are you living in this life?Your purpose for being here is to serve and glorify God.
Jesus Christ came and gave us His doctrine to teach us how to serve and glorify God.
Gal 1:6-126 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.
11 But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.
12 For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.
The gospel and doctrines of Jesus Christ will exalt Him and His Father.Other creeds and doctrines will exalt the person promoting it. Who are we promoting?