“But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine.” (Tit. 2:1 KJV.)
Doctrines are important teachings. Your life and experiences are the product of the teachings you know and believe. If what you know and believe is wrong, even without you realizing it, you are in big trouble. Sound doctrine is established on the truth of the Word of God. Unintentional doctrinal errors are errors made by sincere men of God who are just unaware that they got it wrong. Making an error and being blind to that error is a terrible place for us to be in.
Intentional doctrinal error is willful twisting of the Word of God for personal gain or to please your audience. This can be done both by true servants of God and false teachers and prophets. The fourth doctrine is what Paul calls the Doctrine of Demons (1 Tim. 4:1.) This is not just doctrinal error, but refers to teachings that Satan has engineered in the Church. Satan has agents in churches, either as false believers or ministers. His purpose is to derail true believers and ministers.
Be careful what you hear, because it will determine your life. If you are not personally established in the truth, you will open yourself up to the errors of others or even to demonic manipulation. The Bereans were a group of believers who heard Paul’s preaching but searched the scriptures personally every day to cross-check what Paul taught (Acts 17:11.) I pray that this spirit will flourish in your life from today!
Why do we make errors in our doctrine? See what Jesus said in Matt. 22:29.
APPLY THE WORD
Put the Word of God to work! How can you apply the message above? “Charity begins at home,” so start by double-checking what I have just shared with you above to see if it is scriptural or not!
Pray with all that is inside you that God will not allow you to be caught in either personal doctrinal error or the manipulation of others.
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