It must! That’s what it is designed for! Different dispensations have
doctrines. Everything in the Bible is true, but if you jam it into the
place, it’s no longer sound doctrine and applicable is it?
doctrine MUST divide, as the Bible says we must rightly divide
of truth (2 Timothy
Have you ever heard people say “Doctrine divides!” as though doctrine was a bad thing? Of course you have. What they are actually saying is that we should put aside all our differences, and retreat to the lowest common denominator of “Let’s all get along no matter what. I guarantee those who say that “Doctrine divides” have some doctrine from another dispensation.
is “Let’s have unity in spite of our diversity”. It sounds clever, but
reality it’s absolute rubbish and spits in the face of God. They
love God and Jesus but they hate what God has written down in his final
authority to men - the King James Bible. They detest God’s words. They
be bound by God what God has written. Why? They are rebellious.
IMPORTANT ARE GOD’S WORDS?
When Jesus was tempted in the desert by Satan, he didn’t say “Be gone devil! Don’t you know who I am? I created the heaven and the earth and you as well!”
didn’t. Three times he said “It is written”
Matthew 4:6-7,10. Jesus was placing more importance on what was written down in the Old Testament than on himself as a person.
thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name. Psalms
doesn’t this make absolute
sense. As Jesus is called the Word (Revelation
19:13 notice the
capital ‘W’), he is
most concerned about his word, his final written authority of the King
Bible and his words that are written therein.
DOCTRINE HARD TO UNDERSTAND?
No. God says My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass:
GENTLE AND LOVELY IS THAT?
But if you won’t have his proper doctrine, then … they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. 2Peter 3:16
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15, this is when it becomes hard to understand the Bible.
Bibles do not have the word ‘study’ in them, as they have ‘do your
diligent’ or ‘have a go’ and so on. This word is only found in
BIBLE SEEMS VERY CONTRADICTORY IN PLACES
This is correct for people who won’t or can’t see that God has different rules and governance for different times (called dispensations) for man over 6,000 years since creation.
one is circumcision. “Do I have to be circumcised today to be saved?”
in this era/age/dispensation, but under the Old Testament, you had to
Jew and get circumcised to be saved.
DOCTRINE SHOULD WE FOLLOW TODAY THEN?
Paul says Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ. (1 Corinthians 11:1)
SHOULDN’T WE FOLLOW CHRIST AND WHAT HE SAYS?
follow Christ and the apostle Paul shows us how to do this.
Christ was a Jew who came to fulfill God’s laws that he had given to the Jews at Mt Sinai. For example, Jesus didn’t eat pork and he went to the Jewish temple on Saturdays and he endorsed animal blood sacrifices. You don’t do that do you? Of course not.
So here is
the point - all things in the Bible are true, but not all things apply
to us as
Christians today. Paul says to follow him (Paul) as he follows Christ.
do this, we become more like Christ.
children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in
this makes sense as you are put into Christ Know ye not, that so
many of us
as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Romans
Paul had been given his own special doctrine from God which superseded and by-passed all other previous Bible doctrines.
It’s called my (Paul’s) doctrine; it’s called sound doctrine Titus 1:9, 2Timothy 3:10; it’s called good doctrine 1Tim 4:6; Titus 2:1; we are to teach no other doctrine (than Paul’s) 1Tim 1:3 or what is contrary to sound doctrine (Paul’s) 1Tim 1:10; it’s called God’s doctrine 1Tim 6:1; it’s called the doctrine of godliness 1Tim 6:3
WAS PAUL LYING?
Was Paul making this up because he had a large ego or something? No, he was simply saying that a new era in doctrine had arrived. While the others were true, they were no longer relevant to the Christian to follow and obey.
All the different doctrines in the Bible (and they are all true) are NOT to be put on equal footing with each other and most importantly of all, with Paul. Paul is head and shoulders above the rest for doctrine in this ‘church age’.
WHY IS DOCTRINE IMPORTANT?
It’s like a diet. You can’t just eat lollies and cakes – you’ll get sick. If you’re given the wrong instructions on how to drive a car, you will have an accident or kill yourself.
similarly, God has his instructions on being a Christian. It’s in the
epistles of Paul – from Romans to Philemon.
he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them
are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.
don’t be a baby all your life – grow up. I have fed you with
not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet
now are ye
1 Corinthians 3:2
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