John MacArthur compares the hatred of biblical doctrine during Spurgeon’s day with ours. (Special thanks to Cross TV)
In our last post, we noted that doctrine is inescapable. Every thing we do, and every position we hold to, is based on somebody’s doctrine.
There are good doctrines—which by the very nature of the case are from God—and there are evil doctrines—which by the very nature of the case are not from God.
Some Scriptural examples of good doctrines:
“Slaves are to be submissive to their own masters in everything; they are to be well-pleasing, not argumentative, not pilfering, but showing all good faith, so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior.” (Titus 2:9, 10)
“Then the deputy, when he saw what was done, believed, being astonished at the doctrine of the Lord.” (KJV) (Acts 13:12)
“And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.” (KJV) (Acts 2:42)
“If you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed.” (1 Timothy 4:6)
“But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine.” (Titus 2:1)
Some Scriptural examples of bad doctrines:
“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;” (KJV) (1 Timothy 4:1)
“Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.” (KJV) (Hebrews 13:9)
“Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?” (KJV) (Colossians 2:22)
“Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.” (KJV) (Matthew 16:12)
“But they are altogether brutish and foolish: the stock is a doctrine of vanities.” (KJV) (Jeremiah 10:8)
And so, there is no neutrality.
In any given situation one either holds to the doctrine of God, or the doctrines of devils; the doctrine of the Lord, or the doctrines of men; the apostles’ doctrine, or the doctrine of the Pharisees; sound doctrine, or strange doctrine; good doctrine, or doctrine of vanities.
Which doctrine do you hold to?