C.H. Spurgeon

Sinners, let me address you with words of life; Jesus wants nothing from you, nothing whatsoever, nothing done, nothing felt; he gives both work and feeling. Ragged, penniless, just as you are, lost, forsaken, desolate, with no good feelings, and no good hopes, still Jesus comes to you, and in these words of pity he addresses you, "Him that cometh unto me I will in no wise cast out."

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Thursday, June 14, 2007

Is Doctrine Important

The Warning:

14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

Where is doctrine found?

2 Timothy 3:
16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

How can we learn doctrine?

Epheisians 4:
By pastors and teachers.

2 Timothy 2:
15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Why should we learn doctrine?

2 Timothy 2:
16But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.

Titus 2:
6 Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded.
7 In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,
8 Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.

How do we test the doctrine we hold and are taught?

Acts 17:
11These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.


Sean said...

Define "all scripture".

Writer, Splinters of Silver.com said...

Off the cuff, I would have to say any and all writings that Paul considered scripture at the time of his write, but not necessarily limited to only those and to none that followed. Scripture would have to be all writings which are inspired by the Holy Spirit.

What is your idea?

Sean said...

I have no clue, but I like to leave my mind open to books like the Book of Enoch and the Book of Jasher. I also admit that some books have been taken away from our version of the Bible.

And what does it mean for a book to be inspired by the Holy Spirit?

For instance, many parts of the Bible would be inscrutable to us if we didn't have the writings of Greeks to help us identify the meanings of phrases and words that have been lost.

If one could simply study the Word then we wouldn't need preachers, but we do. My point is that God has placed breadcrumbs along the way in different places and there are only a few who will follow them to their source.

Writer, Splinters of Silver.com said...

Are you suggesting that there are Holy Spirit inspired writings (i.e. God's Word) that are not currently contained in the Bible (the 66 books) Chrisitianity has today? By what authority do you judge and consider them so?

What are these breadcrumbs you speak of? Are these writings also inspired by God, or simply other historical documents and/or instruction/explanation to be used in conjunction with that which the Spirit moved God's chosen men to write?

Sean said...

SOS, we both know for a fact that books have been removed and added to the KJV. That's why I asked the question "what does it mean for a book to be inspired by the Holy Spirit?"

By what authority were they added and by what authority were they taken away?

I borrowed a book of yours about the Revelation. Do you remember that the author spoke about the Babylonian rites resembling the Catholic rites for priests? That is an example of a breadcrumb.

Writer, Splinters of Silver.com said...

I realize that the books considered by some as the Apocrypha were once in the middle (between) the testaments and have now been removed (from the KJV), but I don't recall any giving them "inspired by God" status.

What books have been so-called added?

RC said...

I'll have to see if I can find the list, but if I remember correctly there were more than 10 books that have been removed from the original.

BEAST said...

Being doctrinal is akin to being dogmatic, and to be stauntly, one-dimensionally dogmatic is to ignore the basic tenets of rationality, logic and common sense.

I will prefer my "trinity", rather than the trinity of the Christian deities.

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John Bunyan

To be saved is to be preserved in the faith to the end. 'He that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.' (Mt. 24:13) Not that perseverance is an accident in Christianity, or a thing performed by human industry; they that are saved 'are kept by the power of God, through faith unto salvation.' (1 Pet. 1: 3-6) But perseverance is absolutely necessary to the complete saving of the soul…. He that goeth to sea with a purpose to arrive at Spain, cannot arrive there if he be drowned by the way; wherefore perseverance is absolutely necessary to the saving of the soul.