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Sound Doctrine Is Through Scripture


Recently, a friend of mine tried to explain to me how I misinterpret the Bible especially when it comes to the Trinity. He was trying to imply that not only do I have a wrong interpretation of scripture but my claims of a Trinity are invalid. When someone says this to me, I have to ask them for proof and when they are unable to provide any, I know that they are speaking on emotion rather than scripture itself:

Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.”

—Matthew 7:16-20

The Trinity is an issue that has been misunderstood by many for a long time now. Yes, there will be disagreements in terms of different doctrines and there may be scriptures to persuade others either way. However, we have scripture for a reason and we are to read it in order to comprehend it. Scripture warns us against using emotion when it comes to things of God: “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;” (2 Timothy 4:3).

Never will I tell anyone that I know everything of scripture because I do not nor do I believe anyone will ever completely understand everything about scripture. If we, as people, were able to understand everything about scripture, why would we need faith? The only way to please God is through faith (Hebrews 11:6) especially when we do not understand. When we do not understand things, as people, our human nature is to doubt and do things on our own but rather than turning to doubt, just remain faithful in God and allow Him to work out all things which is hard to do, I understand but He has control of all things (Jeremiah 29:11).

The point of this article is not prove or disprove any doctrine as there will be time to do so later. However, there are too many people within the church who do not adhere to the teachings of the Bible and because they do not do so, we have unbiblical beliefs and doctrines. Just because I believe something does not make it golden but I adhere to the teachings of scripture so it’s not my belief but rather, the teachings of Christ. While there will be times when an issue is not strictly given an answer to and we have to do our best to come to a Biblical conclusion, Christ will never give an answer to a question that will later contradict itself and we must remember this because too many of our doctrines and beliefs contradicts one another because, again, we are not in scripture:

Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that [spirit] of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.:”

—1 John 4:1-3

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Written by Billy Ray Parrish


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