Is Doctrinal Purity Important?

In the last few years I have noticed what appears to be a trend among professing Christians. There seems to be a belief that the Bible, or Bible doctrines, are of little importance. It seems the only thing that matters is if someone claims Jesus as their Saviour. Is this true? My personal opinion will be biased, as will the opinion of others. What Christians ought to do is to look to the writings of the Apostles (the Bible) for their answers. Lets see at what the scripture says…

II Timothy 3:16 says "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:"

As we can see from
II Timothy 3:16 that all scripture is important. According to the verse, it is the scriptures that should correct our thinking and beliefs. It is the scriptures that should reprove, or reprimand, us when we are doing something wrong. According to the Bible, the scriptures are a Christians standard and guideline, where we measure our life and beliefs about God, and the world around us. If all scripture is given by inspiration of God, than…

Which Bible doctrine is not essential?

There are many today who are willing to compromise "non essential" doctrines for the sake of unity.

Is this a scriptural approach?

Is this what the Bible teaches?

Below is a list of scriptures that reveal the teachings of the apostles on this important subject:

Romans 16:17 Now I beseech you, brethren,
mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.
Romans 16:18 For
they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.

According to these verses, scriptural doctrine is very important, and those who teach contrary to the Bible should be marked and avoided.

I Timothy 1:3 As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest
charge some that they teach no other doctrine,

Again the scripture says that doctrines
are important.

Colossians 2:8
Beware lest any man spoil (damage) you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

Yet again, we see another warning about keeping doctrinal purity and avoiding false teaching. In this verse, it tells us that such teachings are damaging and we need to beware, or avoid them.

II Corinthians 6:14
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
II Corinthians 6:15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
II Corinthians 6:16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
II Corinthians 6:17 Wherefore
come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
II Corinthians 6:18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

Here, the Bible is clear that Christians are supposed to practice separation from that which is unrighteous, from those who are unbelieving. The modern evangelical philosophy is that Christians should compromise their "non-essential" beliefs for the sake of unity. On the other hand, when one takes a true, fundamental approach to Christianity, or rather a scriptural approach, we can see that such teaching is unscriptural. The scriptural approach is that it is a Christians duty to be willing to have division for the sake of doctrinal purity. To ignore these verses that clearly teach Christians to avoid and separate from wrong doctrines, is to reject the apostles warnings.

Ephesians 4:14 That we henceforth
be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
Ephesians 4:15 But speaking the truth in love, may
grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

A Christian needs to be settled in their doctrinal beliefs, and that comes from being rooted and grounded in the Word. I have seen so many Christians who get their teachings from youtube videos, regardless of the doctrinal beliefs of the person who produced it. According to the Bible, and from my personal observations, this is very dangerous. Another similar trend is to hop from one kind of church to another, never really settling what one believes. Unfortunately in both instances believers are tossed to and fro in their beliefs.

II Peter 3:17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before,
beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.
II Peter 3:18
But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

These verses teach that if a Christian is to grow in grace, they must beware, avoid, or separate from error, or false doctrinal teachings.

Galatians 1:8 But
though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
Galatians 1:9 As we said before, so say I now again,
If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

Also see II Corinthians 11:1-4; Ephesians 5:11; Philippians 3:1-2; Colossians 2:8; II Thessalonians 3:6; I Timothy 1:18-20; I Timothy 6:3-5; I Timothy 6:20-21; II Timothy 2:16-21; II Timothy 3:5, 13; etc., etc.

As we can see in the verses above, doctrinal purity is essential in the life of a Christian and church. To ignore, or to teach contrary to these scriptures, is to hinder ones Spiritual life, or the Spiritual life of an assembly of believers. It is the duty of all pastors to be an example, to watch for the souls of the members of their
church (called-out assembly of believers), and to preach the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:27).

Hebrews 13:7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.
Hebrews 13:17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.

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