Thursday, March 11, 2010
Gotta Stand for Something
A great article appearing on Christianity Today's website brilliantly examines the issue of doctrine. Titled "We're All Theologians," the article looks at data provided by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. The data supports what was found in the National Study on Youth and Religion, which was analyzed by s
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Doctrine is not a dirty word. John Mellencamp sings a song in which he says "You've got to stand for something, or you'll fall for anything." Standing for something, my friends, is doctrine!! Paul, in Luke 4:16 implores us to "Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers."
Yet many evangelical church leaders today aren't giving their flocks so much as a doctrinal hook to hang their hat on. Worship is filled with navel gazing, mystery and "conversations" that esteem it best to never reach any kind of conclusion. In short, once Biblically-sound congregations are now being led to be ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. But Jesus is very clear when He says, "If anyone is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels" (Luke 9:26).
"What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Father's glory with the holy angels." Mark 36-38