Do Doctrine and History Matter?

I came out to Auburn, California with another family to help get "real" church started.

By "real church," what I mean is Christians that are really family to one another. They take care of one another financially, emotionally, and spiritually; they seek the will of God together; and they plan to keep track of one another for the rest of their lives.

That’s what family does, and no family should do it better than the family of God.

The lonely who come to Christ should never be lonely again, and that should not mean that they only have spiritual fellowship with the invisible Christ, the head, in the heavens. It should mean that they have real fellowship with the visible Christ, the body, on the earth. The Scriptures don’t only say that the hand needs the head. The hand needs the whole rest of the body (1 Cor. 12:12-27).

One more Scripture reference: We grow as we speak the truth in love to one another, each part doing its share, not just as we learn the truth from the Bible and the guidance of the Holy Spirit (Eph. 4:11-16). In fact, the Bible teaches that if we only learn the truth from the Bible and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we’re likely to be deceived by our own sinfulness (Heb. 3:13).

I guess that was two Scripture references.

In the spirit of keeping my posts shorter and more regular, let me quit there. If you consider not just the accuracy of what I just taught, but also what it means as far as carrying that teaching out, then this post is a lot to chew on.

Introduction to Tomorrow

I titled this post "Do Doctrine and History Matter" because theology and history are subjects to which I have devoted immense amounts of time over the last 28 years. Thus, it would be natural for me to want to correct the doctrine and history of others in order to accomplish the building of the church that I’ve described above.

I do think there’s a role for doctrine and history, but is it in building the church?

That’s tomorrow’s subject.

About Paul Pavao

I am married, the father of six, and currently the grandfather of two. I run a business, live in a Christian community, teach, and I am learning to disciple others better than I have ever been able to before. I believe God has gifted me to restore proper foundations to the Christian faith. In order to ensure that I do not become a heretic, I read the early church fathers from the second and third centuries. They were around when all the churches founded by the apostles were in unity. I also try to stay honest and open. I argue and discuss these foundational doctrines with others to make sure my teaching really lines up with Scripture. I am encouraged by the fact that the several missionaries and pastors that I know well and admire as holy men love the things I teach. I hope you will be encouraged too. I am indeed tearing up old foundations created by tradition in order to re-establish the foundations found in Scripture and lived on by the churches during their 300 years of unity.
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1 Response to Do Doctrine and History Matter?

  1. jeremiahbriggs says:

    Karl Marx said: “Religion is the opiate of the masses.” He was right in the fact that much of what is portrayed as sound doctrine is nothing more than attempt to mask the real problem. Having known people who were being given opiates to help manage their pain I can see the correlation. Morphine didn’t get rid of what was causing the pain, it just made the recipient forget what the problem is. Christ offers pain management courses. We learn to deal with the problem and overcome the obsticles in order to become effective disciples who can help others manage their pain.

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