That We Must Abide In Christ's Doctrine? II
By: Gary Colley
Last week we pointed to the fact that differing doctrines, not in harmony with the Bible, make different relgions and should be rejected by all today. The Truth which Christ brought to the world must be our only rule of faith and practice, if we want to go to Heaven (John 14:6). It is a sad fact that different doctrines divide folks into denominationalism. All religious teachings are not right in the eyes of God. The world was religious when Christ came, but His teaching constituted the keys to Heaven (Matthew 16:18-19). We should not be satisfied with doctrines not found in the Bible, lest our worship to God be in vain (Matthew 15:9). All should be satisfied to follow Paul's command, "Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth (II Timothy 2:15). This we will do, when we are all convinced that the Bible is verbally inspired, fully given, and the complete and powerful Will of God to man! Paul wrote, "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction for instruction in all righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works (II Timothy 3:16-17). We are commanded to "prove all things; hold fast that which is good (I Thessalonians 5:20)."
Test the following with your Bible:
1. One teaches that a child of God can fall from grace and be lost, while another teaches that he cannot fall and be lost (I Corinthians 10:12-13, Galatians 5:4, Hebrews 6:4-6).
2. One teaches that the baptism of the Holy Spirit, speaking in tongues and spiritual gifts are for us today, while another teaches that miraculous measures of the Holy Spirit have ceased
(I Corinthians 13:8-10).
3. One teaches that we must meet and worship on Saturday, while another teaches that we msut meet and worship on Sunday (Luke 24:1, Acts 2, Revelation 1:9-10, Hebrews 10:1-10).
All of the above cannot be Truth! But by study, and the exercise of our discernment between good and evil, we can determine what is Truth and what is error (Hebrews 5:12-14).