Sunday, December 21, 2008

Sound Doctrine?

There are some churches out there that are teaching "sound doctrine". What is sound doctrine? What you tell me to believe in? If I don't believe "your" doctrine, then I'm wrong? Here's the bottom line folks and it's right there in the Bible.

From Romans chapter 10

Romans 10 (The Message)

4-10The earlier revelation was intended simply to get us ready for the Messiah, who then puts everything right for those who trust him to do it. Moses wrote that anyone who insists on using the law code to live right before God soon discovers it's not so easy—every detail of life regulated by fine print! But trusting God to shape the right living in us is a different story— no precarious climb up to heaven to recruit the Messiah, no dangerous descent into hell to rescue the Messiah. So what exactly was Moses saying?

The word that saves is right here,
as near as the tongue in your mouth,
as close as the heart in your chest.
It's the word of faith that welcomes God to go to work and set things right for us. This is the core of our preaching. Say the welcoming word to God—"Jesus is my Master"—embracing, body and soul, God's work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That's it. You're not "doing" anything; you're simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you. That's salvation. With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: "God has set everything right between him and me!"

11-13Scripture reassures us, "No one who trusts God like this—heart and soul—will ever regret it." It's exactly the same no matter what a person's religious background may be: the same God for all of us, acting the same incredibly generous way to everyone who calls out for help. "Everyone who calls, 'Help, God!' gets help."

So don't be fooled by fancy doctrines and religiosity speak. The Lord also requires two main things from us. One, Love Him with all your heart. And two, Love others. Really quite simple ain't it? But others would want to say that you need their "covering" (beware of this one and don't drink the kool-aid) in order to be right with God.

I'm glad I am worshipping where I am, because I see the Holy Spirit moving and the leadership is caring and loving, and allowing God to do the work in us.

So now I'm off to run a 4 miler and it's a beautiful day.



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