“But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you(v.17)”.
Monroe doctrine obviously bears the name of the US President who delivered it, and while considering the Bible we limit our discussions on doctrine strictly on the line the Spirit has laid out. The pastoral epistles give us a comprehensive form and we shall begin with the epistle to Timothy. in which St Paul affirms: “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:(2 Ti.3:16)”In order to base our lives we rely only on the Scripture, authority of which is established by inspiration of God. When God breathed into the nostrils of Adam he became a living soul. No less vital is doctrine for Christian faith and practice. ‘Sola scriptura‘.
The Bible is made up of several books and not everything is intended for doctrinal purposes. The Book of Numbers, Ezra, Judges the Book of Kings to cite a few deal with historical events. The Song of Solomon is an extended allegory which can yield useful insight into the union of Christ with Church and the same could be said of the creation of Eve who was the flesh of flesh, ‘now the bone of my bones’- and the bone in the Spiritual parlance is doctrine. ‘These things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled: “Not one of his bones will be broken,(John 19:36)” This refers to King David’s prediction (Ps.34:20). It is the will of God that he desires fellowship with man and for this reason when we consider the concept of the Trinity it underpins divine unity to which the Church is a doctrinal truth. God had foreknown man even before He founded the world upon his Wisdom and Power so prophets speaking of things to come were not merely speaking whatever that came to their mind. It is thus great many passages from the book of Psalms came to be associated with Jesus Christ, circumstances of his advent, life, death and resurrection. The Bible as God document has set people and events places in relation to God the Son. God created man and female and they shall be as one flesh also has a spiritual meaning and it refers to one flesh an entity that is a metaphor for Christ the Head and his body. Doctrine of God is drawn from the whole body of Scripture to which every part is not of the same weight. So a sound doctrine is where the doctrinal truths reflect the Father Son relationship most accurately. God as the Father has fashioned their hearts alike that would not imply the nation of Israel holds any preferred status. God’s promise to Abraham (Ge.12:3) refers to all families and not one specific nation. In contrary to these when churches fashion their doctrine giving the ordinances and law given by Moses take precedence it is an example of false doctrine. Here is what St Paul speaks,”But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse!(Gal.1:18-NIV)” Doctrine serves the same role as bone, a bio-material protecting the vital organs in a body and it cannot be broken and used in place where it is not intended. Finally we have this warning from St Paul:
“If anyone teaches otherwise and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, / they are conceited and understand nothing. They have an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions/ and constant friction between people of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain.” From where did the activism and prosperity theology of evangelicalism come? Be not deceived and in present day societies each group wants Jesus according to their own idea. Such question as ‘Is Jesus liberal right or left?’ indicates how the Christians have fallen from sound doctrine. In Facebook we have this In Christianity Today ‘Jesus Cares about Your Conspiracy Theory,’ and politics have without let up poured into forms of doctrines cobbled up by modern churches. Instead rebuking, counseling the churches are catering to those who have no understanding of the doctrinal truths.”As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:(Col.2:6). Without conviction in the Power and Wisdom how shall you profess your faith?