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"The mission of amusement produces no converts.
The need of the hour for today's ministry is believing scholarship
joined with earnest spirituality, the one springing from the other
as fruit from the root. The need is BIBLICAL DOCTRINE,
so understood and felt, that it sets men on fire."   --CH Spurgeon

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2 June, 2008   comments: (0) Sound Doctrine  

The Relevancy of Doctrine - Part 1

How often do we hear it today, "Doctrine really isn't relevant for me; I need something that will help me with my struggles in life". Martyn Lloyd-Jones addressed that sentiment by saying: There is nothing which is so wrong, and so utterly false, as to fail to see the primary importance of true doctrine. Looking back over my experience as a pastor for some thirty-four years, I can testify without the slightest hesitation that the people I have found most frequently in trouble in their spiritual experience have been those who have lacked understanding. You cannot divorce these things. ... [Read More!]


1 June, 2008   comments: (0) Sound Doctrine  

Acts Church Emphasized Teaching Not Activities   Martyn Lloyd-Jones

In Acts 2, what did the Christians come together for? Here were these people who had come out of the world to join the group of people called disciples, and they formed the first church, but what is the Christian church for? What does she do? What does she provide? Do Christian people come together for socials, dances, raffles, dramatic performances, lectures on politics, literature, and sociology? There was nothing like that in the early church. It is not my objective to denounce these things. But I do want to show how far removed they are from the Christian church. You can get all that in the world, and you can get it very much better there. The Christian church makes a fool of herself when she attempts these things--she does them so badly. If you want activities like that, then go and get them organized professionally. But that is not the Christian church. It is a travesty. ... [Read More!]


27 May, 2008   comments: (0) Sound Doctrine  

Error in Doctrine Leads to Error in Practice

Charles Spurgeon took doctrine seriously, that much we know. He also understood how lacking it was in his time. His words remind us of the need for doctrinal emphasis in our own generation: "The need is biblical doctrine, so understood and felt, that it sets men on fire."

Spurgeon boldly made his hearers aware of their accountability for believing in sound doctrine, and warned of the outcome of holding to false doctrine. The modern church would do well to take heed of his words:

In the first place, every deviation from truth is a sin. It is not simply a sin for me to do a wrong act, but it is a sin for me to believe a wrong doctrine. ... [Read More!]


22 May, 2008   comments: (0) Sound Doctrine  

Pastors Are Called to Teach, and Therefore Study   Albert Barnes

Since the principal business of a preacher of the gospel is to "teach", or to communicate to his fellow-men the knowledge of the truth, the necessity of this qualification for a pastor to be skilled at teaching is obvious. No one should be allowed to enter the ministry who is not qualified to impart "instruction" to others on the doctrines and duties of religion; and no one should feel that he ought to continue in the ministry, who doesn't have the work ethic, self-denial, and the love of study that constantly drives him to increase in knowledge, in order that he can be qualified to teach others. A man who would teach a people, must himself keep in advance of them on the subjects on which he would instruct them. ... [Read More!]


14 May, 2008   comments: (0) Sound Doctrine  

False Teachers Seem True & Even Do Good Things   William Gurnall

Christ is not ashamed to call the poorest saints "brethren," but He despises to have His name seen upon a rotten-hearted hypocrite (Hebrews 2:11). Of all sinners the hypocrite does the most harm in this world and therefore will have the most torment in the other world. And yet it is religion which has constantly proved to be the most effective bait of hypocrites, as they seek to snare others into their error and sin while posing as children of God. ... [Read More!]


29 April, 2008   comments: (0) Sound Doctrine  

How Should We Measure Correctness?   Horatius Bonar

We have come to a place in time where we measure the correctness of our plans simply by their seeming to contribute to our favorite aim. We estimate the soundness of our doctrine, not from its tendency to exalt and glorify God - but entirely by the apparent facility with which it enables us to get sinners to turn from their ways. ... [Read More!]


23 April, 2008   comments: (0) Sound Doctrine  

By Nature We Bend Towards That Which is False   AW Pink

The Lord's command in Mark 4:24 is "take heed what ye hear". Corrupt nature is thoroughly in love with error and will more readily and eagerly receive false rather than true doctrine. Should any dispute this statement, we would refer them to Jeremiah 5:31: "the prophets prophesy falsely and the priests bear rule by their means; and My people love to have it so". Said Christ unto the Jews, "because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not" (John 8:45): what a commentary on fallen human nature - had He preached lies they would have promptly received Him. ... [Read More!]


16 April, 2008   comments: (0) Sound Doctrine  

Stern Words of Condemnation Against Error   Horatius Bonar

For there is some danger of falling into a soft and effeminate Christianity, under the plea of a lofty and ethereal theology. Christianity was born for endurance. It walks with firm step and erect frame; it is kindly, but firm; it is gentle, but honest; it is calm, but not facile; obliging, but not imbecile; decided, but not churlish. It does not fear to speak the stern word of condemnation against error, nor to raise its voice against surrounding evils, under the pretext that it is not of this world. It does not shrink from giving honest reproof lest it come under the charge of displaying an unchristian spirit. ... [Read More!]


2 April, 2008   Sound Doctrine  

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Emotion is desirable, even necessary, in genuine Christianity.
It must never, though, be an aim in itself. The truth must come first, contrary to what you may hear from some of America's largest churches. Where men are transformed by the truth, their hearts as well as their minds will be regenerated. They will love Christ even as they believe in Him. To love Him without believing is impossible, and to believe Him without knowing Him is absurd. Men can easily produce such emotion, but it will not save. In this post from his series on Emotions and Emotionalism Tom Chantry explores the relationship between zeal and truth. ... [Read Link]


28 March, 2008 - by Chad   comments: (0) Sound Doctrine  

The Value of Catechisms Part 2

Ignorance is the great illness which makes the church weak. Many professing Christians are themselves at a loss to explain even the most basic and fundamental truths about God, the state of fallen man, and the gospel and many critical Christian doctrines. As a result the health of the church is often compromised. Evangelism is often reduced to a weak explanation of the gospel devoid of the knowledge of God's person, works and attributes. There are doctrines which must be understood in order to have saving faith. Just telling people to believe in Jesus is not enough. There are things about Christ that must be properly understood. The name "Jesus" separated from the right knowledge of who He actually is will be all together useless. There must be a right understanding of who God is. Without this there is no distinguishing the God of scripture, the one true and living God, from any number of false concepts. In many cases God may simply be added to a pantheon of other gods, unless His person is properly understood. To that end catechisms can be a great tool, not just for personal study, but as an aid to evangelism. Even if one does not use the catechism directly in a gospel presentation it's questions and answers can help one who wishes to bear witness of Christ in explaining key doctrines, including the person of God. ... [Read More!]


4 March, 2008 - by Chad   comments: (0) Sound Doctrine  

The Value of Catechisms - Part 1

Most people in the church today are not used to using catechisms in their personal study or in the teaching of biblical doctrine to their children. There are many who were saved out of the Roman Catholic Church and remember catechism class from their childhood. This has left them with a bad taste in their mouth for catechisms in general. They remember the catechism as something that was used to teach them lots of false and unbiblical doctrines. The truth is, catechisms are not a Roman Catholic tool in and of themselves. A catechism is simply a summary of principles contained in the form of questions and answers. You can teach almost anything by way of catechism. ... [Read More!]


24 February, 2008   comments: (0) Sound Doctrine  

More Justification Please!!

I've been really behind in replying to emails lately and while catching up - I ran across this one, sent to me by a Catholic named Nick who wrote: "From my reading of Protestant theology, the classical Protestant teaching on justification is that it is by imputation of grace, making the soul appear righteous (though not changing it), and occurs once in the believer's life, at conversion". Nick feels that his understanding of protestant belief conflicts with the account of Abraham; he goes on to say: "As a Catholic I believe justification is by infused grace, making the soul righteous. In the case of Abraham he actually increased in righteousness (became more justified) as he continued to obey God. I believe the Catholic model best explains the Biblical evidence. I am open to hearing an equally compelling case from the Protestant side, but until that time I cannot consider anything but the Catholic Faith. I look forward to your response." ... [Read More!]


21 February, 2008 - by Chad   comments: (0) Sound Doctrine  

"It Is Written": Establishing The Authority of the Old Testament

2 Timothy 3:16 says that all scripture is God breathed and is profitable for doctrine, reproof and training in righteousness that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. This text teaches far more than just the inspiration of Scripture. It teaches that all of scripture is profitable for training the godly in righteousness. There is no teaching or commandment of scripture which is unprofitable or invalid for the Christian. Even the ceremonial and dietary laws of the Old Testament, the purposes of which were only temporary and are no longer to be observed has use to the Christian when their figures are properly understood. The Lord Jesus left a dire warning for any who would try to teach that the Law has no bearing on the Christian or those who would say, (for example) that "the Ten Commandments are obsolete". He warned that not one jot or tittle of the Law would ever pass away and that those who relaxed the least of it's commandments and taught others to do so would be least in the Kingdom of Heaven. ... [Read More!]


12 February, 2008 - by Chad   comments: (0) Sound Doctrine  

How Can We Love God If We Are To Fear Him?

What does the bible mean when it talks about the fear of the Lord? It has become common place for people to say that there is no reason to fear God at all. We are just supposed to love God and revere him. When this sort of attitude is taken people begin to look at God, not as the holy, all powerful, sovereign Lord of all creation, but more like a really big version of themselves, who is more likely to be permissive and accepting of anything one does rather than demand holiness of life and obedience to His laws. They often start to revere a God that is basically a really big version of themselves. Their likes become God's likes. Whatever they are pleased to do God is pleased with. They create in their minds a God that need not be feared. ... [Read More!]


 

 

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