Carefully Following Bible Doctrine

Many believers in Christ don’t think it is important to carefully follow the doctrine of Christ. For example a Facebook friend recently wrote “Worshipping God can look very different, in different places in the world. God knows our hearts.” Another Facebook friend wrote “We live in a different culture today and things are different than they were 2000 years ago. That goes for a lot of practices we do differently today.”

However, we must worship God in spirit and in truth (John 4:24). That means we must do it the way God specifies. Lev 10:1-2 relates an example of two who worshiped God according to their own designs. God was very displeased to say the least. Paul wrote in II Tim 3:10 “you have carefully followed my doctrine.”

Of course II John 9 verifies this by stating “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.” Since it is true that if we don’t abide in the doctrine of Christ we don’t have God (we won’t be saved), then you better believe we should be careful to follow Jesus’ doctrine.

I Timothy 4:16 says “Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.” So to be saved, this text says we must be careful to continue in God’s doctrine.

Question: Are you carefully following the doctrine of Christ?

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