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Does Doctrine Matter?

Does Doctrine Matter?
Albert Mohler

Doctrine is, quite literally, the teaching of the church – what the church understands to be the substance of its faith. It is no substitute for personal experience. Evangelical Christians have given clear witness to the necessity of personal faith in Jesus Christ, but that personal faith is based in some specific understanding of who Jesus Christ is and what He accomplished on the cross. After all, we do not call persons to profess faith in faith, but faith in Christ.

There is no Christianity “in general.” Faith in some experience devoid of theological or biblical content – no matter how powerful – is not New Testament Christianity. Those called to Christianity in general may believe nothing in particular. But faith resides in particulars.

Some churches seem to think that doctrine is a concern for those of a certain intellectual bent, but unnecessary for most Christians. Interest in doctrine amounts to something like an intellectual hobby. Others steer clear of doctrine for fear of argument or division in the church. Both factors indicate a lack of respect for the Christian believer and an abdication of the teaching function of the church.

Those who sow disdain and disinterest in biblical doctrine will reap a harvest of rootless and fruitless Christians. Doctrine is not a challenge to experiential religion; it testifies to the content of that experience. The church is charged to call persons to Christ and to root them in a mature knowledge of Christian faith.

Taken from “Why Doctrine Matters” (used by permission).

Spiritual Authority

Spiritual Authority: The Word and the Testimony by A.W. Tozer, 1950

But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies …
2 Pet. 2:1

Whatever it may be in our Christian experience that originates outside of Scriptures should, for that very reason, be suspect until it can be shown to be in accord with them.

If it should be found to be contrary to the Word of revealed truth no true Christian will accept it as being from God. However high the emotional content, no experience can be proved to be genuine unless we can find chapter and verse authority for it in Scriptures. “To the word and to the testimony” must always be the last and final proof.

Whatever is new or singular should also be viewed with caution until it can furnish scriptural proof of its validity. Throughout the twentieth century quite a number of unscriptural notions have gained acceptance among Christians by claiming that they were among truths that were to be revealed in the last days.

The truth is that the Bible does not teach that there will be new light and advanced spiritual experiences in the latter days; it teaches the exact opposite! Nothing in Daniel or the New Testament epistles can be tortured into advocating the idea that we of the end of the Christian era shall enjoy light that was not known at its beginning.

Beware of any man who claims to be wiser than the apostles or holier than the martyrs of the Early Church. The best way to deal with him is to rise and leave his presence!

Allah: The Name of God or the name of an Idol?

Allah: The Name of God or the name of an Idol?
Written by Ed Decker
Friday, 11 February 2011

An email dialogue.

Dear Ed,

I hope all is well with you.

This morning we were discussing Islam based on your and Dr Carlson’s book

Fast Facts on False Teachings and I had the statement from your book

Allah is not another name for the one true and living God, God Jehovah.

Allah is the name of another god.

I had some disagreement from one lady who had been on a mission trip

to New York City talking / witnessing to Muslims. She felt that Allah

was another name for the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

Any comments you can share?

Thanks, EB

Dear EB:

Well, she is wrong. The Muslim Allah is a stone, a small to medium , crescent meteor rock. Hence the depiction of the crescent moon on most if not all Muslim nations’ flags and the literature of the Muslim faith. It represents the Moon Deity.

A meteorite is a piece of iron, stone, or stony-iron composite that has fallen to Earth from outer space. Most meteorites originated within the Asteroid Belt between Mars and Jupiter, and were once part of a planet or large asteroid. A few meteorites come from the Moon and Mars, and a few others may possibly be fragments of cometary material.

It does not represent the God who created the moon and all the heavens nor does it represent the God who gave his only begotten son…for our sins and through him gave us the gift of eternal life.

Allah is a god who requires that man give their sons to him in martyrdom.. a total reverse of Who God is and what He asks of us.

Ed

Mr. Decker,

I passed your replay onto my pastor for his info and he asked me to ask you

“Ask him if Allah is the Arabic name for God. I agree allah is not the God of scripture.”

Thanks again, EB

Dear EB:

This gets a little complicated First, the name was a generic word for god/any god/idol or tribal deity. In the Kaa’ba [Mecca] there were several hundred tribal deities or Allahs in the big building the Muslims march around every year.

When Mohammed and his tribe, the Quarish, took power, the Koran says he destroyed all the other idols [about 360 according to their accounts] except the allah of his tribe, which was a meteorite Moon deity. He kept the Kaa’ba as a holy place and required every believer to make a pilgrimage there once in his lifetime ( Sura 22: 26-37)The central prayer became “There is no God[Allah] but this [Allah] and Mohammed is his prophet.”

That is true to the Muslim, but that moon deity of the Quarish tribe never was, is not now and never will be the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

In fact this god of the Koran curses the very people of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob calls His people.

Thirteen Heresies in the book; The Shack

By Michael Youssef Ph.D
http://www.leadingtheway.org

Below are the points made in the book and then the biblical answer. [me]

1. God the Father was crucified with Jesus.

Because God’s eyes are pure and cannot look upon sin, the Bible says that God would not look upon His own beloved Son as He hung on the Cross, carrying our sins (Habakkuk 1:13; Matthew 27:45).

2. God is limited by His love and cannot practice justice.

The Bible declares that God’s love and His justice are two sides of the same coin — equally a part of the personality and the character of God (Isaiah 61:8; Hosea 2:19).

3. On the Cross, God forgave all of humanity, whether they repent or not. Some choose a relationship with Him, but He forgives them all regardless.

Jesus explained that only those who come to Him will be saved (John 14:6).

4. Hierarchical structures, whether they are in the Church or in the government, are evil.

Our God is a God of order (Job 25:2).

5. God will never judge people for their sins.

The Word of God repeatedly invites people to escape from the judgment of God by believing in Jesus Christ, His Son (Romans 2:16; 2 Timothy 4:1-3).

6. There is not a hierarchical structure in the Godhead, just a circle of unity.

The Bible says that Jesus submitted to the will of the Father. This doesn’t mean that one Person is higher or better than the other; just unique. Jesus said, “I came to do the will of Him who sent me. I am here to obey my Father.” Jesus also said, “I will send you the Holy Spirit” (John 4:34, 6:44, 14:26, 15:26).

7. God submits to human wishes and choices.

Far from God submitting to us, Jesus said, “Narrow is the way that leads to eternal life.” We are to submit to Him in all things, for His glory and because of what He has accomplished for us (Matthew 7:13-15).

8. Justice will never take place because of love.

The Bible teaches that when God’s love is rejected, and when the offer of salvation and forgiveness is rejected, justice must take place or God has sent Jesus Christ to die on the cross for nothing (Matthew 12:20; Romans 3:25-26).

9. There is no such a thing as eternal judgment or torment in hell.

Jesus’ own description of hell is vivid … it cannot be denied (Luke 12:5, 16:23).

10. Jesus is walking with all people in their different journeys to God, and it doesn’t matter which way you get to Him.

Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life, and no one will come to the Father but by me” (John 14:6).

11. Jesus is constantly being transformed along with us.

Jesus, who dwells in the splendor of heaven, sits at the right hand of God, reigning and ruling the universe. The Bible says, “In Him there is no change, for He is yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 11:12, 13:8; James 1:17).

12. There is no need for faith or reconciliation with God because everyone will make it to heaven.

Jesus said, “Only those who believe in me will have eternal life” (John 3:15, 3:36, 5:24, 6:40).

13. The Bible is not true because it reduces God to paper.

The Bible is God-breathed. Sure, there were many men through 1,800 years who put pen to paper (so to speak), each from different professions and different backgrounds, but the Holy Spirit infused their work with God’s words. These men were writing the same message from Genesis to Revelation. If you want to read more about the place of Christ in the Scripture, read “We Preach Christ” (2 Timothy 3:16).