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    This year I will be sharing brief excerpts from the articles, sermons, and books I am currently reading. My posts will not follow a regular schedule but will be published as I find well-written thoughts that should be of interest to maturing Christian readers. Whenever possible, I encourage you to go to the source and read the complete work of the author.

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What Is So Great About Doctrine?

I don’t know how many people (who say they are Christians) have told me over the years that they are not interested in Bible doctrine. Then, after making that declaration, they say something cute like, “Just give me Jesus.” Yet, the Bible and Jesus have a lot to say on this topic. For instance, Jesus warns that: “This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.” (Matthew 15:8-9) Paul writes that the church was given pastors and teachers in order that the people would not be carried about by every wind of doctrine. . . .” (Ephesians 4:14) “If anyone teaches a different doctrine,” he knows “nothing.” (1 Timothy 6:3) Paul writes to Titus, “But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine.” (Titus 2:1) Paul says of an Elder, “He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.” (Titus 1:9)

Doctrine is very important. Adoniram J. Gordon describes it as “the framework of life – the skeleton of truth, to be clothed and rounded out by the living grace of a holy life.” Doctrine helps us to think exactly and then act correctly upon the truth of Scripture. If your doctrine is sound and you act accordingly, you will glorify Christ. The Scriptures cited above, show that God is concerned about Christians being taught correct doctrine and not wandering off chasing the fantasies of men.

The curse of false doctrine is rampant throughout our churches today. Paul writes, “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.” (2 Timothy 4:3-4) When all we think about is our “best life now,” it is easy to be persuaded that God wants me wealthy and healthy right now. The doctrines of men, however, lead only to self-destruction. We desire blandishments when we really need Godly reproval.

To live rightly, we need doctrine that is anchored in eternity and whose sole source is the God of Creation. God created man and man is accountable to God. Doctrine is important because it helps us to understand the Biblical view of life. Doctrine is important because God does exist. The methods, agenda, and wisdom of this world are the primary sources of false doctrine in the modern church. This is the church of man because it is man-centered rather than God-centered. Beware of men who honor God with their lips but not inwardly in their hearts. Hold on to sound doctrine and take the Biblical path to wisdom.

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Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed

Coming To A Theatre Near You On Friday, April 18th.

The debate over evolution is confusing and to some, bewildering: “Wasn’t this all settled years ago?” The answer to that question is equally troubling: “Yes…and no.”

The truth is that a staggering amount of new scientific evidence has emerged since Darwin’s 150-year-old theory of life’s origins. Darwin had no concept of DNA, microbiology, The Big Bang, Einstein’s Theory of Relativity or of the human genome.

Each of these discoveries has, in one way or another, led a growing number of scientists to reconsider the simple view espoused by Darwin that life is a random, purposeless, chance occurrence. The universe, and life itself – is turning out to be far more complex and mysterious – than Darwin could possibly have imagined.

The theory of intelligent design is simply an effort to empirically detect whether the “apparent design” in nature acknowledged by virtually all biologists is genuine design (the product of an intelligent cause) or is simply the product of an undirected process such as natural selection acting on random variations.

“Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed” rejects the notion that “the case is closed,” and exposes the widespread persecution of scientists and educators who are pursuing legitimate, opposing scientific views to the reigning orthodoxy.

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