_”If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.”_(John 7:17)
Doctrine is a belief or tenet which is especially talking about philosophical or theological matters. This issue of doctrine is responsible for the controversies between different religions with different views about how issues of life must be handled in order to make the life of humankind better and well secured, here on earth and even after death. In all these religions are scholars and literates who study to defend, practise and promote them to the people who are immediate or distant to them.
Behind every doctrine is a strong force from the top hierarchy of a religion, which sees to the enforcement and compliance of what has been accepted and believed to be right for mankind. Including the traditional religion in our societies, every religion has its own doctrines to regulate the lives of their believers. That is why they won’t permit other doctrines to convince and convert their members. People of the world without religion, are also living according to their doctrines and beliefs in worldliness and democratic freedom of life.
At this point in our discussion, let us take a break and ask ourselves this very simple question. Which doctrine is the greatest among the rest? This question is not asked to trigger inter religious arguments, conflicts or tensions. Instead, it is meant for us to learn about the right place of worship to belong.
God’s doctrine is called Jesus Christ. This doctrine is also known as the Word of God and it is recorded in the Holy Bible. Jesus Christ gave us the teachings of God, His Heavenly Father, died for the forgiveness of our sins and gave His Holy Spirit to us. He is now in Heaven, waiting for us to go by the doctrine of holiness and righteousness. At the end, they will bring us into His complete image and likeness and give eternity to our souls in Heaven.
It is very pitiful to know that, Jesus Christ was not guilty of any crime but He died for us to be liberated from eternal destruction in the Lake of Fire, after judgment is passed by Him based on His doctrine or way of life. He is the realest doctrine that the world needs because His teachings in comparison to that of other religions, are aimed at building humankind into His perfection, so as to guarantee eternal bliss for our souls.
A number of organizations that call themselves Churches, have drifted from the true and undiluted doctrine (Colossians 3:12-17). Deception to believe in other doctrines outside the Christian way of living, has defiled them and stained their purity. This implies or portend that, the Word of God as interpreted by the Holy Spirit, is not enough for them (Ephesians 5:26-27).
Know about such churches with the aid of these clues: such Churches will preach freedom in Christ to include enjoyment of worldly or satanic entertainment, drink and defend alcoholism, speak against the existence of eternal destruction and hell while the Bible proves its existence beyond reasonable doubt, bow down to statues and venerate the earthly mother of Jesus Christ, preach their belief in purgatory without biblical bases, others also preach the doctrine of Once Saved, Forever Saved in order to promote sin and carelessness of souls and many other deviations.
For those of us who seek the truth, let us know that we will find the undiluted doctrine of Christ Jesus in His Word. Don’t call it a Church belonging to Christ, if they force you to desist from worshipping God on any day or eating of some foods. Jesus Christ is enough for us to become His hope of glory. He will separate the wheat from the weeds and consume the weeds with everlasting fire. Jesus Christ is our doctrine, and Heaven is our home. Righteousness is the only Way into the holiness of God, and that alone will make us dwellers of Heaven after our death or rapture, for ever and ever.
*PRAYER*: Lord Jesus Christ, fill my inner man with your supreme doctrine. *AMEN*