Beware of the Doctrine

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Matthew 16:12 “Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.”

Throughout my lifetime, I have been amazed at how quickly people fall into false doctrine. Doctrine is what we believe and is what guides us as believers. I have watched people who I thought would always be strong fall for false doctrine. Oh, their intentions were good, but intentions don't keep you holding to the doctrine of the Word of God.

Jesus told His disciples to “beware…of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.” The word “beware” means to be on your guard, watch out, be careful, be on the lookout, be on the alert, keep your eyes open, take it slowly, proceed with caution, look before you leap, or to think twice. These definitions show how God wants the believer to beware of the doctrine. Jesus knows that all it takes for you to go astray is to hear false doctrine one time. My friend, something is not good doctrine just because it feels good, sounds persuading, or fits your agenda; God’s Word determines sound doctrine. Let me give you some ways that you can beware of false doctrine.

First, stop looking for something new. Too many people are looking for something new instead of just doing what they already know to do. Beware when you hear of something new; it may be new because it is new to God and is false doctrine.

Second, beware of the direction one is going. Watch the direction of those to whom you let influence you. One’s direction of what they do or who they associate with will tell you where they are going. If their direction is wrong, you can be assured their doctrine will eventually be wrong.

Third, beware of what you hear. Listen carefully to everything someone says. Don't be passive with what you hear. When you hear something you have never heard before, it would be wise to carefully study God’s Word to make sure it is true. Just because you have known someone for years doesn't mean everything they say is true. God’s Word determines what is true; therefore, always let what you hear be measured to God’s Word.

Fourth, beware of your associations. Many have fallen into fall doctrine because of liberal associations. These associations come in the form of reading books by people who don't use the King James Bible, people who are doctrinally different, and fellowshipping with people who are different from us. Your associations will eventually dictate your doctrine.

Fifth, be a student of God’s Word. 2 Timothy commands the believer to study God’s Word. If you are a student of God’s Word, you will know when what you hear or read disagrees with the Scriptures.

Sixth, be filled with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit guides the believer into all truth; therefore, you will never fall into false doctrine if you are filled with the Spirit.

Seventh, get advice from godly men of God before changing beliefs. Go to men of God who are not afraid to tell you the truth and ask them about a belief before changing your position. Godly men of God can show you whether your position is wrong or right.

Dr. Allen Domelle


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