Tuesday, January 06, 2009

DOCTRINE ISN'T A FOUR LETTER WORD
...sound doctrine - the honey that should drip from every preacher's lips - and if it doesn't, I'm sleeping in!


J.I. Packer once said,


"Doctrinal preaching certainly bores the hypocrites; but it is only doctrinal preaching that will save Christ’s sheep."

19 comments:

adamtown64 said...

How true.
"Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God." Rom.10:17

adam

The Blainemonster said...

I will remark on this quote by using another quote, one I have taped to my desk. Unfortunately, I don't have the slightest clue where it came from. Perhaps someone will recognize it:

"The best way to waste your pulpit is to preach your own throughts instead of preaching God's thoughts. I think pastors are fascinated by trends. Bring God's Word to bear on every problem. Be radically bible saturated."

Let Us Repent and Believe said...

I concur, I live just east of Dallas and have to drive nearly 75 miles to hear anyone that has the guts to proclaim the gospel.

Arthur Sido said...

Love of theology comes from a love of Christ. If you hate doctrine, if you despise theology it can only be because you hate Christ and love yourself. Entertain me!

How can we fail to seek to learn more about the one we profess to love? It is like never speaking to your wife after the first date or your child after the day he was born.

Darrin said...

Blainemonster, I don't know who said that, but it reminds me of yet another quote by Henry Smith which my friend likes to use:
"We should set the Word of God always before us like a rule, and believe nothing but that which it teaches, love nothing but that which it prescribes, hate nothing but that which it forbids, and do nothing but that which it commands - and then we try all things by the Word."

gigantor1231 said...

S.J. and Y'all

I was speaking to a old friend the other day, a friend who has known the Lord for many years and should be well beyond the milk of the word and growing on the meat of It. As we were speaking he made the comment as to how theology just is not that important, he said that he is tired of trying to figure it all out!
The question that arises from this conversation is; What is the option when doctrine is minimized for the sake of unity or perhaps, like my friend, one is just tired of the labor of it all. What needs to be realized is there are only two roads, living by the truth or living in deception, living in a lie. John 14: 6 says "I am the way the truth and the life, no one comes to the father but by me." and John 17: 17 says "Sanctify them in the truth, your word is truth."
My brothers and sisters in Christ, when one comes to the point that the truth is so cheap that it is a commodity that can be sacrificed then it is time for some deep soul seeking and introspection, because many have ship wrecked their faith on the shoals of this shore and never come back. The bottom line is that truth is important, truth is all that there is. Think about it!

olan strickland said...

Blainemonster: The best way to waste your pulpit is to preach your own throughts instead of preaching God's thoughts. I think pastors are fascinated by trends. Bring God's Word to bear on every problem. Be radically bible saturated

Don't Waste Your Pulpit

SJ Camp said...

adamtown64
Amen my brother!

SJ Camp said...

Blaine
"The best way to waste your pulpit is to preach your own thoughts instead of preaching God's thoughts. I think pastors are fascinated by trends. Bring God's Word to bear on.

Pastors that consider their own stories above the biblical record while in the pulpit no nothing of gospel preaching.

Great quote and thank you sir.

SJ Camp said...

Let us repent...
I live just east of Dallas and have to drive nearly 75 miles to hear anyone that has the guts to proclaim the gospel.

Not a more accurate yet stinging rebuke on American Christianity these days. 3,000 wide and a half inch deep.

Keep on...
Steve

SJ Camp said...

Arthur Sido
That is precisely the purpose of all doctrine and theology - loving Him and knowing Him more! Amen?

It is never a matter of academics, but of relationship with Christ. (Phil. 3:6-8).

SJ Camp said...

Darrin
"We should set the Word of God always before us like a rule, and believe nothing but that which it teaches, love nothing but that which it prescribes, hate nothing but that which it forbids, and do nothing but that which it commands - and then we try all things by the Word."

That also reminds me of John Wycliffe and brother J.C. Ryle. Oh for men of God like that again to rise in leadership today who will affirm with Paul the biblical charge to "preach the Word in season and out of season..."

Thank you brother...

SJ Camp said...

G-Man
Bingo!

Olan
Good to see you post here. Thank you for the link.

VIVAT,
Campi

The Blainemonster said...

Olan - Thank you! Makes sense that Piper said that. Glad you knew the source.

theoldadam said...

WE are not saved by our good doctrine.

But it is certainly important and we should defend Christ and His work for us against all the hip cooperative theologies of the day.

Tak178 said...

AMEN!

Todd Braye said...

This is like a glass of cool water on a hot summer's day (for which I long). Thank-you, Steve.

Jennifer said...

*ka-thump ka-thump* Be still my heart!

No wonder I usually find myself ignoring the pastor and just quietly reading my Bible...

blackreformingkid said...

Amen, Mr. Camp! In the UK, we have such a dearth of sound doctrine in the churches, and something is happening among the young people - they are rediscovering the doctrines of the faith and yet there are those who wilfully kick against the pricks. Sad but the truth will ALWAYS prevail.