<%@LANGUAGE="JAVASCRIPT" CODEPAGE="1252"%> Untitled Document The Doctrines Of Men
While there may be many who may say the Bible is the word of God that has no error, most people have a problem with something written in the word so they do not follow it. In fact, many doctrines being taught to millions of people today are not from the Bible, but from men. Jesus condemned those who would teach strange doctrines, and Jesus spoke against those who would accept any doctrine other than God's truths. Jesus calls it an empty religion that is based upon man's teaching. In Matthew 15:7-9, Jesus tells the religious leaders of His day the following;" You hypocrites, rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you, saying, 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." In Mark 7:8 we read: "Neglecting the commandment of God, you hold to the tradition of men."
The apostle Paul said that the person who teaches another doctrine should be accursed: Galatians 1:8 we read: "But even though we, or an angel from heaven, should preaching to you a gospel contrary to that which we have preached to you, let him be accursed." Paul also taught that people should hold on to sound doctrine; 1 Timothy 4:6 reads: "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." People who jump around with various religions are following every wind of doctrine which they are supposed to avoid: Ephesians 4:14 reads: "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:".
Although many people believe the Bible to be truth, they still do not respect the word enough to study it as they should: 2 Timothy 2:15 reads; "Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth."
Anytime we discuss bible subjects or religious subjects we should always let the Bible be the final word on the matter. There is a popular saying around:"God said it, I believe it, that settles it." But even then a more appropriate statement would be thus: "God said it, and that settles it". We may not agree with God's judgments and doctrines, but we had better stick to them if we want to be saved. We must seek the Bible teaching that can save our souls: James 1:21-22 reads: "Therefore putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls. But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves." The doctrines of men may help us feel good about ourselves, but they will not produce salvation. The vain worship will not produce salvation either. We all need to learn to not corrupt that which God specifies in His word of truth, the Bible. Let us plant His word in our hearts so that we might not sin against Him (Psalm 119:11).
You must believe that Jesus is the Son of God and died on the cross for our sins. (Acts 8:37). You must repent of your sins (Luke 13:3) you must confess Jesus as Lord (Matthew 10:32) and you must be baptized for the remission of your sins (Acts 2:38; 22:16). Then you must remain faithful and continue learning (2 Peter 3:18).
By Carey Scott

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