"Doctrine" means "Teaching": and we have one Teacher, even Christ

It is not a good thing to stand aloof to the word of Christ and think of ourselves as doctrinally accomplished. The doctrine that makes one clean is the the teaching of Christ. Jesus said, "You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you" (John 15:3). There is a tendency to give great weight to the teachings of men at the expense of the word of God.   This tendency was addressed by Jesus when he said, "You hypocrites, rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you: 'THIS PEOPLE HONORS ME WITH THEIR LIPS, BUT THEIR HEART IS FAR AWAY FROM ME. 'BUT IN VAIN DO THEY WORSHIP ME, TEACHING AS DOCTRINES THE PRECEPTS OF MEN (Mat 15:7-9).'"  Is it man's nature to prefer his own word over God's?  Think of how so many "doctrinal" arguments play out. Rather than maintain a focus on the word of God while exemplifying an attitude of submission and pliableness under that word, many proudly submit themselves to nothing more than humanly-distilled "doctrinal" positions. Many people are being taught by this approach, but they are being taught something less than loyalty to Jesus Christ, and something less than love of the brethren.

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