Title: Doctrine Kills
I was with one of my granddaughter along with my wife. We were just arriving at a large building where a meeting was in progress. As I unloaded our luggage, the granddaugher said, “Why do they want to kill me?” I said, “The Muslims? You have to understand their hate for the infidels. If you will not convert they will behead you!” Then we walked up to the main door of the building where the meeting was taking place and I heard the pastor say, “You must commit and believe in our doctrine and if you do it will work for you.”
See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ. Col. 2:8
The doctrines and philosophy of men kill. They bring divisions and separate us from God. All the world’s religions teach their doctrine instead of Jesus Christ and Him crucified. A person can know a religion’s doctrine but not know Christ. It is impossible to know Christ through doctrine. We put or eternal salvation at risk when we only know doctrine. Doctrines KILL! Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. John 10:10
During Jesus’ ministry on earth He continually interacted with people, meeting them on personal level as He served His Father, doing the Father’s will, attending to each individual’s needs on a personal level. Did Jesus minister doctrine when He was casting out seven demons from Mary Magdalene? Did Jesus minister doctrine to the blind man or did he spit and make some mud then rub it on the man’s eyes and tell him to go and wash his eyes in the pool of Siloam? Did Jesus minister doctrine to the woman at the well? Ten lepers approached Jesus from a distance and cried out to be healed. Were they required to learn a doctrine first or be indoctrinated into a religion before they were healed? In Jesus’ earthly ministry, He ministered from compassion, kindness, gentleness, humility and with patience. Jesus’ doctrine was that if you see Him you have seen the father.
“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.” Col 1:15
The Greek word for image is “GK1501 – eikon”, which means an image, figure, likeness. When we look at the sun’s reflection in the water we know that the source is that of the sun. Jesus the Son, was and is the reflection of the Father for all mankind. Christ is asking us to be His reflection to this world. People are hurting in this broken down world and they don’t need doctrine; they need the love of God given to them through our hands.
Take a look at this chart to better understand what doctrine has done to the simple message of the gospel of Christ. It is estimated that there are of 41,000 Christian denominations alone. Doctrines kill.
But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron, men who forbid marriage and advocate abstaining from foods which God has created to be gratefully shared in by those who believe and know the truth.1 Tim. 4:1-3
Paul wrote “And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love. Eph. 4:11-16
It’s about RELATIONSHIP with Jesus Christ!!!!