Pastor's Pen by Cliff Henry

We are living in a society today that is fast setting aside moral principles and teachings which should not surprise us, for the Scriptures teach that this is what would happen in the last times. What is so disappointing is to see how the churches are setting Biblical doctrine (teaching) in this day and age.

How important is Biblical doctrine? According to the Word of God, it is of the utmost importance! 

The two Greek words translated “doctrine” in the Word of God, didaskalia and didache, are so also translated “teacheth” (Romans12:7) and “learning” (Romans15:4). These Greek words, are used more than 140 times in the New Testament, which shows how important doctrine is before God. The word “doctrine” and its companion terms are referred to 59 times in First and Second Timothy alone. The words “the truth” is referred to 10 times in Second and Third John alone.

First Timothy1:3 says that no false doctrine is to be allowed, which is a very narrow view of doctrine purity.

In Second Timothy3:16 the Scripture says “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”

Why do so many today want to set aside doctrine?

It ultimately is because it interferes with their lifestyle desires. You see, if the Bible really is the Word of God, which it is, then it is to be obeyed. If the Bible is the Word of God, then a person can only be saved and enter Heaven one way.

Jesus stated in John14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh to the Father, but by Me.”

Why is doctrine (teaching) so important?

The eternal destiny of your soul rests upon the teaching\doctrine that you believe! This should be a warning to all church leaders to “take heed unto the doctrine” that they preach (First Timothy 4:16).

Think about it.

Cliff Henry is the pastor of Greenland Baptist Church. He can be reached at​