Doctrine is Not a Formality

by Staff May 4, 2015

"There never was anything so perilous or so exciting as orthodoxy." — G.K. Chesterton

If I were to know everything but love, my knowledge would be worthless. A demon can be a well-ordered systematic theologian; this I get. But let's not fall off the horse on the other side.

We can't be perfunctory about doctrine. When we read what the Bible has to say about bad doctrine — that it produces sin, that it endangers souls — and what it says about good doctrine — that it ought to be held firm and instructed, guarded, and contended for — we don't get the impression that right theology is just something on a questionnaire to be glossed over or nodded at.

The Scriptures give us no warrant to treat doctrinal orthodoxy like a mere formality.

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