Don’t Let Your Doctrine Lead You Away From Christ

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Ironically (and fearfully), there are many people who strongly argue for things they find in the Bible, and yet somehow their passion for their doctrine ends up leading them away from Christ.

Excerpt from the full sermon, “No Longer Children“.


You give yourself to these other things, and this is what happens - plausible things, reasonable things. Listen, listen. It can be biblical things. Do you know one of the things that Paul's addressing to the Colossians are things that people dig up out of the Old Testament? Somebody can come along, they want to start talking about limited atonement. Somebody else wants to start talking about the law. Somebody else wants to start talking about cessationism. the impassivity of God, biblical marriage, the sanctity of life. There's all sorts of things. Should I immunize my children? You just beware... because what Paul is saying is this: What you want to attain is the faith and the knowledge of the Son of God. That's the test. That's always the test. If He's not essential, if He's not central - listen - these wolves, these deceivers, these crown stealers, these false christs, these false apostles, false prophets, false teachers, these that come around, they come swaying their silly myths or vain discussion - Paul talks all about this to Timothy. "Irreverent babble, endless genealogies, controversy, quarrels about words." He even says to Timothy, "science." People want to come around and they want to bring all their arguments. You just remember this. There are people out there - Paul calls them dogs. John calls them antichrists. Peter refers to damnable heresies or destructive heresies. To the Philippians, Paul says that their god is their belly. This doesn't happen by accident. This is happening on purpose. And everything is to be tested by the position given to the Lord Jesus Christ. This is what you have to ask: Is He essential? Is He central? Is He all in all? Is He the focal point? Because this is where the devil is trying to move people away. The devil hates Christ. One of the reasons he attacks the Scriptures is you know what Jesus said: People make their appeal to Scripture, but He says, "They speak of Me." The reason that Satan wants to go after that Word is because this is where you find out about the biblical Christ. And he will seek to distort it and he will seek to take you away from it, but the issue is Christ. Oh, these people are too clever to deny Christ altogether, but they minimize Him. And you can get into your arguments about whatever doctrine you want to bring on the table, and if those arguments take you away from Christ and they take you away from His glory, they take you away from His centrality, they take you away from trusting Him, from knowing Him more, from having greater confidence in Him, watch out. Watch out. Beware. It doesn't matter how much somebody says, "well, you know, this comes out of the systematic theology and I was reading Robert Raymond; I was reading Grudem; I was reading this; I was listening to that..." But you just listen because the dead giveaway is the absence of Christ. Listen. Listen. We are to be attaining, attaining, reaching the faith of the Son of God, the knowledge of the Son of God. We need to walk around with that heart of Paul: "Oh, that I might know Him. Oh, that I might know Him." You see, brethren, what we're looking for is whatever the doctrine is, the aberration - when things go wrong - is when Christ is left out; when we suddenly become those who argue for some position or another, but Christ has subtly fallen out. Brethren, children argue all the time. The thing about children is they typically don't know how ignorant they actually are. Your children typically think they're a lot smarter than they are. If you want to be smart, go learn of Christ. What we heard in the first hour: "Come unto Me, all you that labor and are heavy laden." He says, "Learn of Me." "I am meek and lowly." We want to learn of Him. We want to be saturated with Him. All our doctrines need to come back to Him. This is the dead giveaway. This is the test. Christ - if He's not unique; if it's not Him at the center; if He's not above and beyond all; if He doesn't dwarf everything else and anything else, then the teaching is false. Be sure of this. That which detracts from Him, that which takes away from Him, that which promotes something else - oh, it's subtle. They like to come to you and say: This is what you really need. Anytime you recognize that it pulls your eyes off of Christ, you've got it nailed right there. It's false. And even if this person doesn't realize what they're doing, oh, if you've got eyes to see, there is a claw reaching for your crown.