If you are a long time follower or reader of the Gospel-driven Disciples you are aware that I subscribe to a few various axioms.
For those who might not know what an axiom is let me illumine you. An Axiom is a statement or proposition that is regarded as being established, accepted, or self-evidently true.
One of my favorite axioms that I "coined" [I never heard anyone else state this premise] is:
"There is no use being a fool if you can't show it off now and then."
By this I mean if you are a fool or you are going to be a fool you might as well demonstrate it, otherwise, why be a fool?
What has this got to with today's post you wonder? I am glad you asked. Allow me to elucidate.
Once again, I heard someone this week decry "doctrine." I was immediately drawn into a Brady Bunch re-run where I could hear Jan exclaiming, "Doctrine, Doctrine, Doctrine."
This attempt at an ignominious attack on doctrine centered on the same old and tired argument that, "doctrine divides," that "doctrine is for theologians," that "doctrine is confusing."
Doctrine is vital to any true believer. It is only as we understand biblical doctrine that we can ever hope to live the Christian life. Beloved, there is an unbreakable bond between biblical doctrine and life.
Only fools preach the mantra that "they are only interested in living out Christianity" and are not interested in doctrine. Be assured that the only people who can really know, understand, and live out the Christian life are those who know and understand the doctrine that governs the Christian life.
Doctrine is God's means by which He works out our sanctification. Do you remember what Christ prayed in John 17?
"Sanctify them by Your truth. Your Word is truth." (John 17:17, NKJV)
There is no by-passing biblical doctrine in order to be holy in practical and daily experience. Christlikeness is developed in us mainly by the understanding and application of the great doctrinal truths of the bible.
Doctrine is vital. Doctrine is crucial. Doctrinal is a reality in the life of any real believer. Therefore, next time you hear someone decry doctrine remember my axiom:
There is no use being foolish if you can't show it off now and then!