The Importance of Right Doctrine
Chad Johnson
January 28, 2011

"Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the father and the Son." II John 9 KJV

The word doctrine is used in the Bible 51 times. The word means teaching, but the biblical usage refers to sound teaching based on the word of God.

We live in a day when the doctrines of the Bible are ignored. I had a preacher tell me recently that he left off doctrine and just preached Jesus Christ. This sounds good, however to leave off doctrine is to compromise the word of God.

You cannot truly preach Christ and leave off the precious doctrines that the Lord's church has proclaimed for 2000 years. The whole Bible is a book of doctrine. We see the seriousness of doctrine from our text verse.

We that are saved should have a strong desire for sound healthy doctrine. John 7:17 tells us that we must be willing to do God's will and obey the truth. If we are open to the truth, the Holy Spirit will show us what is sound doctrine and what is false doctrine. Our verse tells us first of all that those who don't teach the doctrine of Christ transgresseth. The word transgresseth means to go contrary to, to offense by violating a law. Those who transgress are those who do not abide or dwell in the doctrine of Christ.

If we are going to be true to Christ, we must continue in His doctrines. The doctrine of Christ is the word of God.

Those who go against the doctrine of Christ have not God, but those who abide in Christ's doctrine have both the Father and the Son.

God help us to have the right doctrine. Amen!