The Danger of Deeds Becoming Doctrine
There is a danger in deeds becoming doctrine! We often talk about the dangers of leaving things unsaid that are in the bible. We should be equally concerned about the dangers of adding to the bible what it does not say. It seems that in the hour we are living many believers choose to remain ignorant concerning the truths of the word of God.We are content to take what our preachers say as truth and rarely feel the need to confirm in the Bible what is being taught. The travesty of our hour is with all the bibles at our fingertips churchgoers are still lacking in biblical knowledge!
Americans love the Bible?
Americans love the Bible, however, a poll taken in 2013 suggests in spite of this love affair they don’t read it much. Huffingtonpost.com What this translates to is a danger to develop a belief system that is not founded on the Word of God. It means more often than not biblical doctrine is not essential to the believer.
- How important is doctrine to the New Testament believer?
- What, if any, responsibility does the average believer bare in knowing and understanding the doctrines of the bible?
- Is Bible doctrine something that just clergy needs to invest time in understanding? After all, they are the ones who went to bible college not us, right?
Doctrine is Important
Doctrine is defined as instruction, teaching, or learning. We sometimes feel like this word means something deep and hard to understand. It simply means to understand what the bible is teaching and instructing us in how to live our lives. I have often asked people why they believe what they believe and in return, I’ve been asked, what do you mean? Part of the success of the early church was in that they valued doctrine. They followed in the apostle’s doctrine and fellowship, and in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. (italics mine) Acts 2:42 Christ warned that we should beware of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees. Matthew 16:11-12 Doctrine is important!
- Why do you believe the bible is truly the Word of God?
- Do you believe that Christians shouldn’t drink alcohol, do drugs, or smoke? Why?
- Are you okay with a man and a woman having premarital sex? Why?
- Is homosexuality really a sin? Why
- Does a New Testament Christian have to pay tithe to the church? Why?
- Is a pastor the ultimate authority in the New Testament, if so, why?
- Does it really matter how I dress, where I go, how I talk? Why?
This is just a small list of questions but my point is whatever we believe we must use the Bible to support our belief! Doctrine is extremely important!
Repetition, Repetition, Repetition
My subject though is about the danger of deeds becoming doctrine. Zig Ziglar said,“Repetition is the mother of learning, the father of action, which makes it the architect of accomplishment.” Goodreads.com Although Mr. Ziglar has a point, in a religious context it can be a detriment to peoples lives. It is apparent in many religious circles that some good act or teaching has been repeated and over time has inadvertently become a doctrine. The act in and of itself may not be a problem. All too often though the teaching is used to determine whether an individual is truly “in-line” with the churches beliefs. This is wrong and puts unneeded pressure on new converts.
There is a danger in deeds becoming doctrine! An article I came across about cultic church practices stated the following:
“There is a great deal of pressure upon the individual to live up to or to conform to group criteria above and beyond what can be clearly seen as biblical criteria.” Exitsupportnetwork.com
We must be Bible Believing Christians
Simply put, we cannot expect believers to conform and obey anything outside of sound biblical doctrine. Because you say, “this is the way we’ve always done it around here” does not make it right. I have often wondered how many souls have we turned away from God because of non-biblical doctrine? How many newly converted Christians gave up when they couldn’t conform to some extra-biblical teaching? The problem with interjecting our non-biblical teachings into our beliefs is that it is entirely arbitrary. One group may believe one thing while yet another group believe something entirely different. Where do you draw the line? The Bible!
Paul admonished Titus to “speak sound doctrine”. Titus 2:1 The word sound in this verse means uncorrupt. These below verses all speak of sound doctrine, that is, teaching that is not corrupt. Without it, we are in danger of our deeds becoming doctrine!