What We Believe – Doctrine
All doctrine must originate and be firmly founded upon the inspired and infallible word of God, not on the philosophies, ideas, traditions, or opinions of men.
The Necessity of Doctrine:
Many today have wavered from the truth and have turned to the philosophies of men and doctrine of devils. Therefore; it is vitally important that Christians receive, believe, and practice sound Biblical doctrine that builds moral character which portrays a Christ-Like Spirit; the purpose of which will “set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us…….that we might know the certainty of the things wherein we have been instructed.” (Luke 1:1-4)
The Nature of Doctrine:
Doctrine refers to two basic elements:
(1) It refers to the art and act of communicating of teaching the truths of God. “But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine…….” (Titus 2:1)
(2) It refers to the subject matter of the substance of what is taught. “And that from a child thou hast known that Holy Scriptures which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” (2nd Timothy 3:15-16)
Doctrine Must Be Sound and Scriptural:
2nd Timothy 4:2-4 “Preach the word … with doctrine … for the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine.”
Galatians 1:6:9 “Though we or an angel from heaven preach any other Gospel … let him be accursed.”
The believers of Rome “Obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which had been delivered to them.” (Roams 6:17)
Truth must be obeyed in order to understand it; otherwise, it only remains a lifeless theory.
Jesus stated in John 7:16-17 “If any man will Do His Will, he shall know of the doctrine…” That is, man will know intellectually, experientially, and theoretically.
Doctrine Determines Character:
What a person actually believes greatly affects what he/she is. Believing affects being – Being affects doing. If we follow sound doctrine, it will bring about a development of the Divine nature and the character of Christ within us.
“We should be nourished up in good doctrine … Give attendance to doctrine … Take heed unto thyself and unto the doctrine …” (1stTimothy 4:6,13,16)
Paul exhorted Titus to “adorn the doctrine” (Titus 2:7-10 with 2nd Peter 1:3)
Doctrine affects fellowship:
Acts 2:42 states that believers of the first century Church “continued steadfastly in the Apostles’ doctrine and in fellowship…”
Being Pentecostal in faith and Apostolic in doctrine, we will endeavor to keep the unity of The Spirit in the bond of Peace, by providing and promoting fellowship among those of “like precious faith” and all members of the Body of Christ, regardless of organizational affiliation.
Doctrine Determines Destiny:
Who and what we believe affects eternal destiny. Because a person can be “sincere” and “sincerely wrong” at the same time, it is a false statement to say that it does not matter what a person believes, as long as they are sincere. In baseball: almost safe is always out.
In taking a test: almost pass, is always fail. In games of chance: almost win, is always lose. In life: almost lived, is always died. In salvation: almost saved, is always lost. In living for God: almost right, is always wrong. In Eternity: almost heaven, is always hell.