Many solve crimes by following the money. But try to find the Tares among the wheat? Jesus says the Tares or false Christians cause others to sin and do evil (Matthew 13:41). So instead of following the money, I follow the path of destruction in sin’s wake.
“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10)
So an easy way to challenge any suspect doctrine is to ask “Does the teaching cause sin and destroy lives? Or does it promote holiness and strengthen lives?
If we can trust this gauge, we can easily spot some false doctrines. Abortion approved by many churches being the more obvious among them.
Other popular doctrines allowing divorce and remarriage help destroy families when they reach their weakest point.
Many teach today’s Jews rightfully and unconditionally own Palestine. And this belief leads in part to terrorism and the wars now afflicting the world.
The Dual Morality doctrine justifies the Christian ignoring New Testament ethics, the Sermon on the Mount, and to kill the State’s enemies. This doctrine helped Hitler raise an army from even the Mennonites.
Does the Lesser Magistrate doctrine justify Christians ignoring New Testament ethics? And engaging in revolution? Some Protestants believe it does and have been calling for revolution for many years now.
Dominion Theology calls for Christian takeover of governments. Even though Jesus said his kingdom is not of this world.
Does Infant Sprinkling (“Baptism”) place the Church above the word (in place of God), since scripture does not directly support infant baptism? Does it keep people from following Christ’s command to receive Baptism? How many people did the doctrine kill over the centuries when believers refused to obey?
The Visible Institutional Church doctrine killed and oppressed millions of Christians and others. From Constantine’s time until America developed laws protecting us from them. Simple New Testament house churches being many of their victims.
These are examples. But I believe if we question what we hear, and try to see where it ends, we might avoid having innocent blood on our own hands. “The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil.” (Matthew 13:41) NIV
Just a quick question. We have....
Before launching too far, I wonder if we would benefit from some brief, simple definitions. I think I see the whole range above. For example, theology is not doctrine. Theology may contain a great deal of extrabiblical logic and reasoning.
If Doctrine means "teachings," or "beliefs" then..wowie. Every belief is taught. If that is the case, then maybe we should narrow this topic to one doctrine at a time rather than open up every teaching out there in one thread.
I hope this will simplify rather than complicate our discussion.
Question: What do you mean by "Doctrine?" How loosely do you mean to use the word?
- διδαχή didachē, did-akh-ay´; from 1321; instruction (the act or the matter):—doctrine, hath been taught.
Strong, J. (2009). A Concise Dictionary of the Words in the Greek Testament and The Hebrew Bible (Vol. 1, p. 23). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.