Doctrine Matters

Why is doctrine so important? I believe Stephen Charnock, a seventeenth century English Presbyterian answered that question well when he wrote, “It is impossible to honor God as we ought, unless we know Him as He is.” It is true that “the heavens declare the glory of God” and shout to us that God is wise, powerful, and good; but it is in God’s written word, the Bible, that we can see God as He is. The Scriptures are there to teach us “what man is to believe concerning God, and what duty God requires of man.” (Westminster Shorter Catechism, Question 3)

Be sure that the God that you worship is not a figment of your own (or another’s) imagination, but the God who revealed Himself to us through His Holy Scriptures. As the prophet Micah has written:

Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression for the remnant of his inheritance? He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in steadfast love. He will again have compassion on us; he will tread our iniquities under foot. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea. You will show faithfulness to Jacob and steadfast love to Abraham, as you have sworn to our fathers from the days of old.” (Micah 7:18-20) And, He accomplishes all of that through the perfect life, and sacrificial death of Jesus Christ.

Worship the God of the Scriptures lest you end up like King James I of England of whom it was said, “When the temple of a man’s heart is empty, he becomes unconsciously a worshiper of himself.”

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