Online and in personal discussions, one will quite frequently hear that cry – “Doctrine doesn’t matter!” Why? In many cases, it’s because of a concern for unity within the church or because doctrines, as we know, can cause disagreements within the family of faith. To state such – that “doctrine doesn’t matter” – however, denies the very point the objector is trying to make.
We cannot deny that doctrines exist. Even such a simple statement as “All I need is Jesus” is itself a doctrinal statement. Let’s not pretend that we can eliminate doctrines from our Christian life – doctrines define our Christian life. ”Believe on the Lord Jesus and you will be saved” is a doctrinal statement.
So let’s not unjustly demonize doctrine. Doctrine is vital – the Scripture is a compilation of doctrines – the doctrine of God, the doctrine of redemption, the doctrine of the last things, and so on. Doctrine benefits us, so let’s not deny its existence or the benefits of doctrine(s).