Doctrine seems to be a word that has a ‘bad’ reputation in the world and in the church.
It conjures up images of indoctrination and brain washing, and this of course has happened over the years many times in a negative way.
However, as I said in church last week, indoctrination can be a good thing.
It is a good thing if Biblical doctrine, i.e. the truth, is being used.
When we are born again our spirit is made perfect, however our soul (mind, will and emotions) is not.
This needs to be renewed; in a sense you could say we need our ‘brain washed’ to remove the nonsense and filth of the world.
Mind renewal (or washing our brain of nonsense and replacing with the truth) is a Biblical truth and an essential process for growth (Romans 12 v 2).
Indeed this is the only process that guarantees lasting and permanent change for the believer.
Doctrine is not a bad thing; it is simply the teaching of a teacher.
And when this teaching is Biblical truth from a teacher rightly dividing the Word of God it is powerful.
Good sound doctrine can change your life.
Good sound doctrine will change your life if you let it.
But you need to remember bad doctrine can have the opposite effect, so take car in what you listen to and what you read and watch.
Speak this out today……”Thank you Lord for your Word and thank you that this should be the basis of our doctrine”.
Romans 12 v 2…..And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of GOD