Thursday, January 12, 2012

Abide in Doctrine

One of the marks of a disciple of Jesus will be that they abide in orthodox doctrine.

2 John 7 For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. Such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist. 8 Watch yourselves, so that you may not lose what we have worked for, but may win a full reward. 9 Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. 

Just like Jesus’ day, Paul and John’s day, we live in a day and age when people like to get out in front with new doctrines. They like to be “relevant.” They like to change things and be creative in the formulation of doctrine. One of the marks though of an unbeliever is that they are discontent with doctrine. They desire to go on out ahead, rather than sticking to the faith that has been given to the saints 'once for all'.

The Christian is to be unoriginal in his teaching. Why? Because he stick to what Jesus has said--what Scripture has revealed.

We abide in these teaching. We remain steadfast, immovable. 

Our doctrine is to be uninventive because we are dwelling, remaining, staying on Christ’s Words. If you here a preacher or a church bringing some new teaching it is most likely abandoning sound doctrine--it is failing to abide.

1 comment:

Brian Osisek said...

Hi Tim, great thoughts on abiding in the teachings of the New Testament.You are so right when you say that there is nothing new--so many pastors and Church leadership get caught up in a new movement.

I think of today's emergent church movement, the spiritual disciplines that are being introduced to the Church etc.

I see from your bio that you are a pastor in the Pocono area-I live out side of the city of Reading. We have been looking for a sound evangelical Church for over two years.

Take a look at my blog site, I deal with many topics with a Christian world view.

Hey if you ever need to talk and talk out some concerns of the ministry give me a call 610-334-1264.

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