The Importance of Doctrine-Part One
In our previous nuggets titled "How Big Is Your God" we discussed "Unity on the essentials, freedom on the nonessentials, and love in all things." We spoke on the fact that as Christians we can agree to disagree on many doctrines.
In this series we are going to discuss the fact that doctrine is important and speak on what we believe are some of the essential doctrines. What we mean by essential doctrine is that if you do not believe in these doctrines, then you would not be considered a Christian or you are a Christian who needs to be educated on the truths of the Holy Bible. A person can be a Christian and at the same time be deceived in regards to believing in a false doctrine.
Only God knows if a person is born again, but those who chose to willfully believe in false doctrine or who willfully teach false doctrine are called sheep in wolves clothing according to Jesus Christ.
In this nugget we will list Bible verses that emphasis the importance of correct doctrine.
As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves, and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming;
1 Tim. 4:6
In pointing out these things to the brethren, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, constantly nourished on the words of the faith and of the sound doctrine which you have been following.
1 Tim. 6:3
If anyone advocates a different doctrine, and does not agree with sound words, those of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the doctrine conforming to godliness,
2 Tim. 4:3
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires;
holding fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching, that he may be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict.
in all things show yourself to be an example of good deeds, with purity in doctrine, dignified,
"Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.
"And many false prophets will arise, and will mislead many.
2 Peter 2:1
But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves.
Do not be carried away by varied and strange teachings; for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, through which those who were thus occupied were not benefited.
'But in vain do they worship Me,
Teaching AS DOCTRINES THE PRECEPTS OF MEN.' "
1 Tim. 1:10
and immoral men and homosexuals and kidnappers and liars and perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound teaching,
2 Tim. 3:16
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;
who must be silenced because they are upsetting whole families, teaching things they should not teach, for the sake of sordid gain.
2 John 1:9-10
Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son.  If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house, and do not give him a greeting;