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The Importance of Doctrine June 20, 2006

Posted by mjtilley in Uncategorized.

In the New Testament, 2 Greek words (didaskalia and didache) are translated “doctrine.” Those same words are translated as “teacheth” (see Romans 12:17) and “learning” (see Romans 15:4). In all, doctrine is referenced 140 times in the New Testament; 59 times just in first and second Timothy alone! Just by virtue of emphasis and repeated focus, it is apparent that God wanted us to see just how important doctrine really is.

But why is it necessary?

First, as we’ve already discussed, it is necessary for proper worship (see John 4: 21-24, Matthew 15:3-9 and Hebrews 11:6). We must know God to love Him as we should and to respond to Him as He commands and deserves.

Second, it is necessary to express the meaning of Christianity. Salvation and the Christian experience is necessarily that – an experience. It’s something, while certainly having an outward expression, is primarily a spiritual and inward change. Without doctrine, that mystical aspect cannot be fully expressed and it will only ever be an inward experience. At the same time, that internal experience has to be tested and tempered by some absolute standard. Otherwise, your “experience” could be considered as Christian as mine even if they are completely different. Doctrine, as an expression of the meaning of Christianity, helps me determine if an experience is truly Christian or not.

Third, as a way of expressing Christianity, it also provides a means of propagating it. With doctrine, we have words with which to express to others the meaning of Christianity. Therefore, we have a means of sharing our faith and enabling it to spread.

Finally, doctrine is necessary to defend our faith. As a mystical feeling alone, the faith is subjective. You can feel one way and I another. But doctrine instills absoluteness and a means for defending my faith against the attacks of naysayers.



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