Sunday, August 9, 2009
Why Doctrine Matters
As you can see, it has been a couple of weeks since I did a blog post, and I apologize for this. It has been an extremely hectic couple of weeks. As I sat to type, I've had the subject of the need for strong Doctrinal preaching and teaching on my heart.
2 Timothy 3:16, 17 - "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction for instruction in righteousness; that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works."
We are now reaping the harvest of a crop that's been sown in the Church over the last 20 years, which has said essentially, "Let's not focus on doctrine; let's focus on Jesus." With ecumenical fervor, they have propagated this doctine-less gospel in an effort to get along with other denominations and now yes other religions. The fatal flaw with this is that it has produced a generation which knows not the Lord nor what they believe about the Lord.
According to the latest Barna research, 61% of those who grow up in the church are leaving in their 20's NEVER to return. Many of them have abandoned the faith altogether. Most of them started having questions in Middle School and High School, and those questions, which were left unanswered, led them away from God and away from His Church. For many, it was questions about the age of the earth and origin of man. We must not only teach that God's Word is true but be prepared to show why! Darwin said, when commenting on the missing links which he knew was the major stumbling block of his theory, "While the evidence isn't there as yet, I have faith that they will be discovered." Could it be that Evolution is just another religious theory that must be accepted by faith!?! Could it also be that they have been more convincing, more passionate, and yes, more evangelistic in their faith than the Church has been in theirs!?! I think the results are obvious!
It does matter what we are teaching. We must always be ready with an answer for those who have questions. We must teach boldly the next generation a confident gospel based on man's relation to His Creator. We can't leave the educating of our children solely to the school system. We must study and have an answer from God's Word, to sure up the faith in the young people. If not, statistics show they will leave, and most who leave NEVER return.