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September 13, 2011

“If this church becomes doctrinal, I’m out the door!”

One of the elders in the church we’ve been attending was not very happy with…well, this site!  It seems I was too “doctrinal” for him and his comment was harsh.  Since this took place behind closed doors and I was not offered an invitation to the meeting, I thought the best way to kick off my continuation of this site was to write a bit about what “doctrine” really is.  This elder doesn’t seem to understand that without doctrine there wouldn’t be teaching of any kind in the church!

As bad as that sounds, the elder is not alone.  There are many Christians today who seem to disdain the D word and look upon it as legalistic.  But is this true?

There are 44 occurrences of the word doctrine in the King James and 11 in the ESV.  Out of these, 28 verses use the Greek word, “didache” according to Strong’s Concordance:



didachē; from G1321; doctrine, teaching: – instruction (2), teaching (27), teachings (1).

In Eph. 4:14 & 1st Timothy 4:6; 4:13; 4:16; 5:17; 6:1; 63; 2nd Timothy 3:10; 3:16; G1319, the word is similar:



didaskalia; from G1320; instruction (the function or the information): – doctrine (9), doctrines (3), instruction (1), teaching (7), teachings (1).

And in 1st Timothy 1:3 & 1:10



heterodidaskaleō; from G2087 and G1320; to teach other doctrine: – advocates a different doctrine (1), children (2), different doctrine (1), teach strange doctrines (1).

In Hebrews 6:1, the word is translated similarly as doctrine, but the meaning is even deeper.  It is the spoken word – usually used in connection with God’s spoken Word.



logos; from G3004; a word (as embodying an idea), a statement, a speech: – account (7), account *(1), accounting (2), accounts (2), answer (1), appearance (1), complaint (1), exhortation *(1), have to do (1), instruction (1), length *(1), matter (4), matters (1), message (10), news (3), preaching (1), question (2), reason (2), reasonable (1), remark (1), report (1), said (1), say (1), saying (4), sayings (1), speaker (1), speech (10), statement (18), story (1), talk (1), teaching (2), thing (2), things (1), utterance (2), what he says (1), what *(1), word (179), words (61).

So there it is, my friends.  The very gospel of salvation is considered doctrine by God.  If your church leaders aren’t in tune with doctrine, you might want to show them this article.  Just sayin’….

And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:  (Matthew 7:28 KJV)

And when the multitude heard this, they were astonished at his doctrine.  (Matthew 22:33 KJV)

And he taught them many things by parables, and said unto them in his doctrine,  (Mark 4:2 KJV)

And the scribes and chief priests heard it, and sought how they might destroy him: for they feared him, because all the people was astonished at his doctrine.  (Mark 11:18 KJV)

And he said unto them in his doctrine, Beware of the scribes, which love to go in long clothing, and love salutations in the marketplaces,  (Mark 12:38 KJV)

And they were astonished at his doctrine: for his word was with power.  (Luke 4:32 KJV)

Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.  (John 7:16 KJV)

If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.  (John 7:17 KJV)

The high priest then asked Jesus of his disciples, and of his doctrine.  (John 18:19 KJV)

And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.  (Acts 2:42 KJV)

Then the deputy, when he saw what was done, believed, being astonished at the doctrine of the Lord.  (Acts 13:12 KJV)

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.  (Romans 6:17 KJV)

Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.  (Romans 16:17 KJV)

How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.  (1 Corinthians 14:26 KJV)

As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine,  (1 Timothy 1:3 KJV)

For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;  (1 Timothy 1:10 KJV)

If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.  (1 Timothy 4:6 KJV)

Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.  (1 Timothy 4:13 KJV)

Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.  (1 Timothy 4:16 KJV)

Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.  (1 Timothy 5:17 KJV)

Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed.  (1 Timothy 6:1 KJV)

If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;  (1 Timothy 6:3 KJV)

But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience,  (2 Timothy 3:10 KJV)

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:  (2 Timothy 3:16 KJV)

Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.  (2 Timothy 4:2 KJV)

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 KJV)

Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.  (Titus 1:9 KJV)

But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine:  (Titus 2:1 KJV)

In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,  (Titus 2:7 KJV)

Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.  (Titus 2:10 KJV)

Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.  (2 John 1:9 KJV)

(KJV) Mat_7:28; Mat_16:12; Mat_22:33; Mar_1:22; Mar_1:27; Mar_4:2; Mar_11:18; Mar_12:38; Luk_4:32; Joh_7:16; Joh_7:17; Joh_18:19; Act_2:42; Act_5:28; Act_13:12; Act_17:19; Rom_6:17; Rom_16:17; 1Co_14:6; 1Co_14:26; Eph_4:14; 1Ti_1:3; 1Ti_1:10; 1Ti_4:6; 1Ti_4:13; 1Ti_4:16; 1Ti_5:17; 1Ti_6:1; 1Ti_6:3; 2Ti_3:10; 2Ti_3:16; 2Ti_4:2; 2Ti_4:3; Tit_1:9; Tit_2:1; Tit_2:7; Tit_2:10; Heb_6:1; Heb_6:2; 2Jn_1:9; 2Jn_1:10; Rev_2:14; Rev_2:15; Rev_2:24;

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