The Importance of Right Doctrine & resources.
2 Timothy 4:3-4
3 For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.
As Christians we should all keep ourselves spiritually fed in order for us to grow and be steadfast within our faith and against the schemes of the enemy, we cannot grow in our our understanding and wisdom…this can be truly dangerous to our souls. God has placed teachers in our lives to tech us and to give us true and sound understanding of His wisdom but WE CANNOT do this alone.
But how do we know what books or resources to read or what preachers to listen to?
Well thankfully God teaches us how to and throughout the gospel we get told what to be aware of and what the truth is.
Firstly it’s important to make sure all of our resources are rich in theology and strong in scripture…It’s Important to know that Truth and Insight Are Not Synonymous (does not have the same meaning)
Be weary of teachers or books that interpret the Bible in a new and innovative way. Don’t like them because they present the Scriptures in a way that you have never heard before or if they word it to suit your “self” or be amazed at how You can get something different out of a passage each time. (Yes passages speak to us more at certain times of our life BUT the entire bible has 1 message, there are. It different interpretations of it, different versions yes but there is only 1 bible.)
The question you should ask is, “Is what I am hearing true?” don’t focus more on new insight and fresh ideas instead assess if it is what Scripture actually teaches. (And understanding the time frame of the scriptures used)
What should we do about it?
How can we escape the danger of false teaching?
- Love the truth. We have seen that the people who are most likely to accept error are the people who are not sufficiently dedicated to the truth.
- Study God’s word diligently. The way to recognize error is to compare it to the truth (Acts 17:11; 2 Tim. 2:15; 3:16,17).
- Honestly examine every doctrine and practice before we accept it (2 Cor. 13:5).
- Let God’s word be the standard for all our spiritual decisions (Gal. 1:6-9; 2 Tim. 3:16,17; Matt. 15:9; 2 John 9; etc.)
- Ask yourself…Do I care about truth? Do i care enough to study diligently, remove error from my lives, and serve God faithfully?
- Ask yourself…Is the verse being taught teaching the context of the whole book it’s come from or merely taking the verse as it comes?
- Is the passage/message/teaching relevant in today’s church?
- Is the curriculum rooted in God’s Word and not merely man’s idea?
- Is it balanced in teaching the whole counsel of God, not over-emphasizing certain parts?
- DOES IT POINT TO JESUS
Why is Having Biblical sound doctrine important?
It allows us to maximize our capacity to worship God. It gives us wisdom to know the difference between true and false teachings. You see worshiping God and building up of the body are the focus; this is why Satan tries to fill us with lies about the importance of growing in this area.
Why Do People Believe it is O.K. to be Biblical Illiterate? Or why is it easy for us to fall in the trap of false teaching? Well it’s because,
- Satan’s job is to deceive.
- We are lazy.
- We do not want to offend anyone or seem arrogant. Therefore, we live our lives as practical postmodernists who say there is not absolute truth.
We also need to understand the Old and the New Testament timeline, purpose and message to know whether certain teachings we hear or read applies to today’s church (our lives) now…once we understand these points and truths it’s easier to be aware of what it’s true and false after all the bible warns us from such things.
it’s important to remember that Jesus put an end to the old laws that binded us through His death…the cross has set us free from bondage. Understanding the Old Testament helps us to see how amazing, mighty and powerful God is, it helps us to understands the characters in the bible and Gods character, it helps us to see why we needed a Savior but most importantly it points us to Jesus. You can read more about the old and the new in my other post which includes doctrine sound resources. http://www.tiamagno.com/old-testament-vs-new-testament-what-are-the-differences/
Make sure your resources are rich in theology and strong in scripture.
Verses: (Warnings against false teaching)
2 Peter 2
2 Corinthians 11:13-15
1 Timothy 4:1-3
2 Timothy 4:2-4
1 John 4:1
Verses: (Examples of False Teachers)
The Bible not only expressly warns us of the danger of false teaching, it also gives us many examples that demonstrate the consequences of accepting error.
The Serpent – 1 Timothy 2:14; 2 Corinthians 11:3
The Ten Spies – Numbers 13:30-33
Jewish Leaders in Jesus’ Day – Matthew 15:1-9,12-14 – Mark 12:24,27 [See also John 8:43- 47.]
False Teachers – Revelation: 2
Dear Heavenly Father,
we thank you for your truth, the gospel…we thank you that your word teaches us all that we need to know. Please father I pray that you will open our eyes, our minds, our hearts to your living word. Give us understanding and wisdom to know the difference between true and false teaching. But most importantly let us always look to how any resources we may read or hear helps to point us to Jesus.