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But So What?

All this discussion about Biblical doctrine does no good if we do not take what we learn and apply it to our lives.  We have several times in the NT when sound teaching and doctrine are said to lead to godliness.

1 Timothy 6:3 (ESV) If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness,

Teaching that accords with godliness.

Titus 1:1 (ESV) Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake of the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth, which accords with godliness,

Knowledge of the truth which accords with godliness.

All the doctrine and knowledge in the world will do us no good unless it brings us to godliness.  Our Biblical knowledge should be conforming us to the image of Christ.

Romans 8:29 (ESV) For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.

If we are not seeing noticeable growth in our lives and becoming more Christ like we are not applying the doctrine we learn to our lives.

1 Timothy 4:7-8 (ESV)

7 Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness;
8 for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.

Godliness is of value in every way for our present and for our future.  We are to be training ourselves for godliness.  Training – gumnazo – same root as our gymnasium, it means to train or exercise.  Training and exercising aren’t easy.  They take hard work.  We need to work at applying the doctrine we do learn to our lives so we can become more godly and Christ like.

 



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Perspicuity

Some people get intimidated when they hear other people discussing doctrine or theology.  You do not have to have a Bible degree in order to understand Biblical Doctrine.

Perspicuity is a word that is not found in the Bible, just like the word Trinity, but the concept is throughout the Bible.  Acts 17:11 supports the concept of perspicuity.  Speaking of the Bereans Luke says:

Acts 17:11 (ESV) Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.

Perspicuity of Scripture is the belief that everything pertaining to salvation and godliness is understandable to the common man when the Lord opens his eyes.  While the word perspicuity may be new to you, most of us do actually believe in Perspicuity of Scripture.  Unlike Roman Catholics most Protestants believe that we can read and study the Bible ourselves without the need of a priest or preacher to interpret it to us.

Charles Hodge wrote that:

“Protestants hold that the Bible, being addressed to the people, is sufficiently perspicuous to be understood by them, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit; and that they are entitled and bound to search the Scripture, and to judge for themselves what is its true meaning.”

Because of Perspicuity of Scripture:

Scripture imparts understanding to the simple.

Psalms 119:130 (ESV) The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.

Scripture serves as a light to uncover the darkness.

Psalms 119:105 (ESV) Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

Scripture explains Salvation.

2 Timothy 3:15 (ESV) and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

Parents can teach Scripture to their children.

Deuteronomy 6:6-7 (ESV)

6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.
7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.

Children can understand Scripture.

2 Timothy 3:14-15 (ESV)

14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it
15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

Because of Perspicuity of Scripture we at NCBC want our children to worship with us and to glean from every teaching of God’s Word.  Children grasp much more than we give them credit for.

Scripture is the test for all beliefs.

Acts 17:11 (ESV) Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.

However perspicuity does not mean that every portion of Scripture is equally understandable.  Even Peter had trouble understanding Paul.

2 Peter 3:15-16 (ESV)

15 And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him,
16 as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures.

Perspicuity does not mean we do not need teachers (1 Tim 3:2) but it does mean we can and should test everything we hear. (Acts 17:11, 1 Thess 5:21)

Even 1 Corinthians 2:14 does not mean Scripture is too hard for laymen.

1 Corinthians 2:14 (ESV) The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.

This verse doesn’t mean that Scripture is too hard or unclear but it means it will only truly be understood when the Holy Spirit reveals the spiritual nature of the Scriptures.  That doesn’t happen instantly, often you will read and read a passage and then much later find the Holy Spirit has really revealed the truth even when you thought you understood before.

Perspicuity also means that we as individuals are personally responsible for maturing our faith through Scripture and the Holy Spirit.  We cannot blame the church, our parents, or others for our failure to examine the Scriptures daily to see what is true. (Acts 17:11)


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Warnings About Different Doctrines

The New Testament is full of warnings to not fall for different doctrines.

Romans 16:17 (ESV) I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them.

 

Ephesians 4:14 (ESV) so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.

 

Hebrews 13:9 (ESV)  Do not be led away by diverse and strange teachings, for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, which have not benefited those devoted to them.

 

We are warned to not teach other doctrines.

1 Timothy 1:3 (ESV) As I urged you when I was going to Macedonia, remain at Ephesus so that you may charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine,

 

Titus 1:10-11 (ESV)

10 For there are many who are insubordinate, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision party.

11 They must be silenced, since they are upsetting whole families by teaching for shameful gain what they ought not to teach.

 

We are warned to not listen to those who do teach different doctrines.

1 Timothy 6:3-4a (ESV)

3 If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness,
4 he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing.

 

We are to handle God’s Word carefully.

2 Timothy 2:15 (ESV) Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker  who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.

 

Our church leaders are to be able to teach sound doctrine.  In speaking of elders, Paul says they are to be able to teach sound doctrine.

Titus 1:9 (ESV) He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.

Titus 2:1 (ESV) But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine.

 

Our lives are to adorn God’s doctrine.  That is an interesting concept – adorn.

Titus 2:10 (ESV) not pilfering, but showing all good faith, so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior.

Our lives should shine before others and be a reflection of our Lord. (Matthew 5:16)  We are to shine as lights in a dark world.  (Phil 2:15)  That is how we can adorn God’s Word.

Can you think of other ways?

 

We are to mature beyond the basics.

Hebrews 6:1 (ESV) Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God,

Never should we be content in remaining stationary in our faith.  We should strive for more and more maturity.

 

All manner of sin is contrary to sound doctrine.

1 Timothy 1:8-11 (ESV)

8 Now we know that the law is good, if one uses it lawfully,
9 understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who strike their fathers and mothers, for murderers,
10 the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine,
11 in accordance with the gospel of the glory of the blessed God with which I have been entrusted.

 


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What Does God’s Word Say About Doctrine?

Last month in studying doctrine we left off with Paul’s solution to being taken captive to false doctrine in 2 Timothy 3:10-17.

2 Timothy 3:10-17 (ESV)

10 You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness,

11 my persecutions and sufferings that happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra—which persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me.

12 Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,

13 while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.

14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it

15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

17 that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

Paul commends Timothy for following his teaching.  Then he encourages Timothy to continue in all he has learned.  Finally Paul wraps up with the two of the most memorized verses about the Scripture, 2 Timothy 3:16-17.

Then in the next chapter Paul commends Timothy again about sound doctrine.  You think Paul thinks sound doctrine is important?

1 Timothy 4:6-8 (ESV)

6 If you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed.
7 Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness;
8 for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.

 

Timothy not only has been learning directly from Paul but he learned from the sacred writings, meaning our Old Testament, from his childhood.  Even the Old Testament is able to make us “wise for salvation through faith” verse 15.

While the word Doctrine is not used much in the Old Testament, there are several other names for doctrine.

Truth

Psalms 25:5 (ESV) Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.

Psalms 119:160 (ESV) The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever.

Precepts

Psalms 119:93 (ESV) I will never forget your precepts, for by them you have given me life.

Teaching

Proverbs 4:2 (ESV) for I give you good precepts; do not forsake my teaching.

Instruction

Proverbs 19:20 (ESV) Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future.

Statutes

Ezra 7:10 (ESV) For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the Lord, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel.

Those are just a sampling of the verses in the Old Testament concerning doctrine.  There are many, many more to be found in the New Testament along with warnings against falling for different doctrines.

 



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So What do We Do?

Paul doesn’t leave us here as weak women, but he tells us what to do. Follow his teaching of Scripture.  Scripture is able to make you wise for Salvation through faith in Jesus.

2 Timothy 3:10-17 (ESV)

10 You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness,

11 my persecutions and sufferings that happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra—which persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me.

12 Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,

13 while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.

14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it

15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

17 that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

 

We are to follow the teaching of Paul and the Scripture to keep ourselves from being weak women taken captive by false teaching.

Next month we will look more specifically at what God’s Word says about doctrine.


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Weak Women Taken Captive

2 Timothy 3:6-7 (ESV)

6 For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions,

7 always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth.

“Weak women” – gunaikária – this word is hard to arrive at exactly what Paul is referring to here because this word is only used in this passage of the Bible.  An Englishman’s search won’t reveal any other usage.  So we since we can’t find other verses to explain this passage we will have to look closer at what this verse itself tells us about the weak women.

Weak women are “burdened with sins”.  Burdened here means heaped up, piled up or loaded up.  If you went through the Pilgrim’s Progress Bible study with us previously you would remember how Christian was carrying a burden through the beginning of the book. But upon obtaining salvation Christian’s burden rolled away into the empty tomb and was seen no more.  Then we discussed how Christian’s burden wasn’t just his sin, because others sinned and didn’t carry around burdens.   Christian’s burden was the guilt of his sins which weighed on him.  As believers we aren’t to be carrying a burden of sin guilt around with us.  We are to repent and seek forgiveness for our sins.  Then we are to live as forgiven and thankful children.

Hebrews 12:1-2 (ESV)

1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,

2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

We lay aside our burdens and trust in Christ who has finished the work of Salvation for us.

Psalms 32:1-5 (ESV)

1 Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
2 Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
3 For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long.
4 For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah
5 I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah

 

1 John 1:9 (ESV) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

Psalm 38:4 For my iniquities have gone over my head; like a heavy burden, they are too heavy for me.

 

Not only are “weak women” burdened by sin, they are also led astray by various passions – tossed to and fro by every idle wind of doctrine.

Ephesians 4:14 (ESV)  so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.

“Weak women” are always learning and never arriving at the truth.  They are always seeking the newest and best way to live.  You know that miraculous home management program so that you can get everything done with minimal effort.  The newest homeschool curriculum which will teach the children everything in 10 easy steps or maybe it is the “oldies but goodies”, going back to the curriculum our founding fathers used for their children.  The church even often offers up quite a selection of fads to choose from.

The Prayer of Jabez: Breaking Through to the Blessed Life

Purpose Driven Life – What on Earth am I Here For?

“Weak women” are not content with doing the hard work that being godly, raising children, homeschooling, teaching, working or even Bible study requires.   They will latch onto every new fad that comes along.

Godliness in 10 easy steps.

Wheat grass juice will cure your every ill.

The Magic Step to flat abs.

Always learning but never arriving at truth – MacArthur doesn’t mince words here speaking of “weak women”.

Sin and lack of discernment neutralized their ability to apprehend God’s truth. If they have been reared in the church, they are especially susceptible to ideas that purport to be Christian. But their ignorance of Scripture and their sinful living make them utterly undiscerning and defenseless against unbiblical and ungodly precepts. They are continually learning about everything except the knowledge of the truth. Because legalism deals only in outward performance, it is very attractive. Many such women, and men as well, are glad to find a way that promises to make them right with God simply by adhering to certain outward forms and conforming to certain behavioral standards.

John MacArthur, in 2 Timothy Commentary

What is the truth?  Of course, it is God’s Word.  Always learning about “Christianity” but never actually learning from Scripture.  Some churches are like that now themselves.  Always studying all kinds of books but never really studying the Bible.  Looking for the “magic” Bible verse that will answer all your questions.

What is the “knowledge of the truth”?  Knowing the Bible would be the average person’s first response.  Yet we have an even better explanation in the Bible.  Paul uses this phrase repeatedly in his epistles.

 

1 Timothy 2:3-4 (ESV)

3 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior,
4 who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

 

2 Timothy 2:24-26 (ESV)

24 And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil,
25 correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth,
26 and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.

 

Titus 1:1 (ESV) Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake of the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth, which accords with godliness,

 

Hebrews 10:26-27 (ESV)

26 For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,
27 but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries.

Charles Spurgeon on “Knowledge of the Truth”

It is the truth which saves. Jesus Christ is the truth: the whole testimony of God about Christ is the truth. The work of the Holy Ghost in the heart is to work in us the truth.”

Knowledge of the Truth isn’t just knowledge of some truth or knowledge of some doctrine; it is personal life changing knowledge of the salvation of Jesus Christ.

 


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Creeps Creeping In

These people who have an appearance of Godliness without the Power (2 Timothy 3:5) creep in.  They don’t come boldly teaching false doctrine but they creep into households.  They come in the back door.

2 Timothy 3:6-7 (ESV)

6 For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions,

7 always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth.

Paul also warns the Galatians of these false brothers slipping in secretly to try to pervert the truth.

Galatians 2:4-5 (ESV)

4 Yet because of false brothers secretly brought in—who slipped in to spy out our freedom that we have in Christ Jesus, so that they might bring us into slavery—

5 to them we did not yield in submission even for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might be preserved for you.

Paul isn’t the only one warning about those who creep in to distort the truth. Peter also warns about them.

2 Peter 2:1 (ESV) But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction.

Jude warns about them also.

Jude 4 (ESV) For certain people have crept in unnoticed  who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert  the grace of our God into sensuality and  deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.

We cannot let our guard down for an instant.  They are out to capture weak women.  Capture is used in the sense of leading away captives like the Israelites to Babylon.  Like slaves.

We are to make every thought captive to Christ and are not to allow ourselves to be carried away captive by peddlers of false doctrine.

2 Corinthians 10:5-6 (ESV)

5 We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,
6 being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.

2 Peter 3:17 (ESV) You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability.

Colossians 2:8 (ESV) See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.

 

Today though we don’t have to have these false teachers physically come into our homes to take us captive, see we often invite them in through the TV or through the books we read or even the music we hear.  We let images and ideas in through seemingly innocuous, (harmless), means such as media.  We deceive ourselves into thinking that we can handle peddlers of false doctrine as long as they are not physically present.


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Points to Ponder About the Importance of Doctrine

1. Do you recognize any doctrine which affects your thinking that is contrary to Scripture?

 

2. How might your doctrine be affected by outside influences such as media choices or friends?

 

3. Are your children or grandchildren being affected by false doctrine in their media, friends or activities?

 

4. Do you recognize false doctrine when you hear it? Do you feel uneasy about things you hear but can’t quite point out the problem?

 

5. Think about how the following verses may or may not apply to you. Are you a weak woman when it comes to Biblical doctrine?

2 Tim 3:6-7
6 For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions,
7 always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth. ESV

 

6. How are you strengthening yourself to stand against those who want to creep in and capture you and your family? Have you barred the front door while the back door stands open? How might you have unintentionally invited them in?

 


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Why Do Women Often Fall Prey to False Doctrine?

There is a clear Biblical answer why women often fall prey to false doctrine but it isn’t gonna make you feel better about it.  Actually it is painful to think about.  This is Paul writing to Timothy about issues in the church

I’m going share two verses from a multitude of translations just so you can get the full effect and meaning.

2 Tim 3:6-7

6 For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions,

7 always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth. ESV

 

2 Tim 3:6-7

6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,

7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. KJV

 

2 Tim 3:6-7

6 For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts,

7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. NKJV

 

2 Tim 3:6-7

6 They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over weak-willed women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires,

7 always learning but never able to acknowledge the truth. NIV

 

2 Tim 3:6-7

6 For among them are those who worm their way into homes and captivate silly and weak-natured and spiritually dwarfed women, loaded down with [the burden of their] sins [and easily] swayed and led away by various evil desires and seductive impulses.

7 [These weak women will listen to anybody who will teach them]; they are forever inquiring and getting information, but are never able to arrive at a recognition and knowledge of the Truth. AMP

 

Weak, silly, gullible, weak-willed, weak-natured, spiritually dwarfed women.

Literally the Greek translation is “little women” and it isn’t talking about size.

Ouch!


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So How Does Doctrine Impact Our Lives?

So how does doctrine impact our lives in ways we may not even imagine?

Listen to these examples of bad doctrine:  {We didn’t cover this section very well at the Titus 2 meeting because it generated lots of discussion.  Plan to go over these in the future in more depth.}

  • I just have poor self-esteem.  (Our esteem or self-worth comes from Christ and not from ourselves, if we have poor self-esteem we are actually thinking too highly of ourselves and too lowly of Christ.)
  • That is just being a two-year old, a teenager, a pregnant moma or a senior adult.  (Excusing sin due to one’s station in life.)
  • We aren’t responsible for our child’s Salvation or even we are responsible for our child’s Salvation.  (God is Sovereign and while we are responsible for our training of our children and our obedience to God’s Word, God is not going to withhold Salvation or grant Salvation depending on us as a parent jumping through the right hoops at the right time.)
  • I can’t help it if that hurt my feelings.  (Feelings are a choice; we can choose to overlook an offense.)
  • If moma ain’t happy, ain’t no one happy.  (Selfishness is a sin, even in momas.)
  • I just can’t forgive myself.  (Who are we to pretend to have higher standards than God? If He says He will forgive all your sins, then why can’t you?)
  • If only ….  (Discontentment.)
  • Depression runs in my family, I just can’t help it.  (We are not slaves to our up-bringing.  We can, through the Lord’s help, overcome our sinful tendency to focus on ourselves.)
  •  I would never do that ….  (Self-righteous judgement.)
  •  I’ll work on being the Proverbs 31 woman when the Lord gives me a husband and children.  (We should strive daily to implement all the Lords commands and instructions despite our circumstances.)
  •  I need a new  ….  (We should be content with our food, clothing and shelter, all else is wants, not needs.)
  •  I didn’t deserve to be treated like that.  (We don’t deserve anything but judgement.)
  • There’s no hope.  (There is always hope as long as you are a believer.  If you are not a believer than the Lord will give you a hope and a future when you seek Him with all your heart.)

 

All of these statements are affected by doctrine.  They are all evidences of Satan’s doctrine, worldly doctrine, false doctrine, bad doctrine; whatever label you want to give it.  But the Bible has the answers to all of these.  God’s Word is sufficient for all godliness and for all living.  It was written for our instruction.

2 Timothy 3:16-17

16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

17 that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

 

2 Peter 1:3 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, …

 

Romans 15:4 For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

 

God has provided all we need to be trained in righteousness, to be thoroughly equipped for all good works, which we were foreordained for according to Ephesians 2:10 (ESV) For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.  Everything for life and godliness.  So if God has provided abundantly all we need to know, why then do we struggle with false doctrine?  Well, of course, the simple answer is sin, any new believer, or even one of our children, can answer that.  But really, why is false doctrine so embedded in the life of everyone, even those of us in the church?


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