By observation from several professing Christians I have encountered in WP, I have come to the conclusion that devil, death, and deceiver pale in comparison with “doctrine” to be cringed when spoken of. I do not question some have truly given their lives to Jesus. However, it is headscratching when these “Born again” believers ascribe sticking to sound doctrine as being Pharisaical.
It is quite ironic really since the very people who call those who urge people to return to sound doctrine which is actually a biblical prescription of accountability, mirror the reaction of the Pharisees to the blind man who was healed,
“To this they replied, “You were steeped in sin at birth; how dare you lecture us!” And they threw him out.”
The common script actually sounds more like this,“How dare you judge me as if you yourself don’t sin?” See the astounding commonality? Others wrongly assume the word doctrine to mean something completely manmade and even irrelevant. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of manmade false doctrine, but the word doctrine itself is not exclusive to that connotation since the word doctrine is repeatedly mentioned all throughout Scripture.
“Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him; 11 for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds.”
1 John 9-11 NKJV
“in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility, 8 sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of you.”
Titus 2:7-8 NKJV
It is true no other special knowledge is required except knowing that Jesus saves initially, but, for one claiming to be Born again with the Holy Spirit residing in the person and hold to the belief they can bypass sound doctrine by reconciling Christianity to doctrines of demons in 1 Timothy 4:1, “But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons…” and still hold to Jesus Christ, they are walking on dangerous grounds.
“…If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples”
Sound doctrine is plain and simply abiding in God’s written Word. Jesus Christ taught the apostles and Scriptures record those very teachings.
If you encounter one who holds to erroneous beliefs that contradict Scripture that 1) repentance is not necessary, 2) you need works to “keep” your salvation (rather than it being the evidence of the Holy Spirit’s sanctifying work in the believer), 3) grace covers a deliberate and continual lifestyle of sin (proof they are dead to the Holy Spirit’s conviction), 4) God can manifest Himself in other ways other than what He revealed 5) there is no literal Second Coming, 6) hell is not literal, 7) the Bible is not applicable in how we ought to live our lives in these modern times (as if God will cater to our standards), run!!!