By Desi Najera, Jr.
(1Timothy 1:3) "As I urged you when I was going to Macedonia, remain at Ephesus so that you may charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine,"
Paul was emphatic about doctrine. Why? He knew that without solid, biblical doctrine that the Church was powerless and that all ministry would be for nothing. We should be encouraged as pastors, teachers and small group leaders to make a doctrinal stance. Know what you know and ask God to reveal to you what you don't know. Like a good friend of mine says, "It's bad enough I didn't know what I didn't know!" Bad doctrine leads to the commitment to a false Jesus.
Here are some key ways to find out if you are siting under false doctrine:
It is time that the Church rise up and come back to the true simple Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is worth defending and discovering for "it is the power of God unto salvation!" (Ro. 1:16)
The pain that comes with mental or physical affliction can bring frustration and confusion not only to a person who is sick, but also to those who pray and suffer along side them. The bible teaches us that we will be able to overcome the sufferings of this life by God's grace. Paul gives us insight into this grace when he cried out to God on several occasions to relieve him from something that was causing him great distress. And through this crying out and communication with God, Paul found grace that was sufficient to overshadow the "why's" that often accompany unexpected hurts, whether they be of the body or the soul. Consider these principals the next time you or someone you love finds themselves in the midst of suffering:
Article by Desi Najera, Jr.