That Doctrine That Is Not The Doctrine

The adverse effect of false doctrine is enormous and detrimental to the body of Christ because it induces systems and rules that undermine the finished work of Christ. Apostle Paul calls it bewitchment, and it is so because it enforces a method that does not allow believers to enjoy the freedom they have received from Christ. By this I mean all that Christ wroth for them through His death, burial and resurrection. Therefore, false teaching which is the product of wrong interpretation of the scripture takes the mind of the believers away from the right doctrine of Christ where grace is fully expressed. As a result of this though they are believers but their ways of life will definitely to be the opposite of what it ought to be hence Apostle Paul declared such a life a bewitched life. “O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?” (Galatians 3:1).

The quotation above indicates that the believers in Galatia were deceived and they started living a life that is outside what is obtainable in the finished work of Christ. What is obtainable in the finished work of Christ is called the TRUTH. This implies that any teaching which is not falling in line with what Christ has done as in His death on the cross and His burial, resurrection and ascension such is not the TRUTH and should be discarded. And if it is not the truth is not of God and if it is not of God it is of the enemy the devil no matter how soothing the teaching may sound. Apostle Paul in his epistle calls it the doctrine of devil “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;” (1 Timothy 4:1). It is called the doctrine of devil because such a teaching which is false does not sanctify the believers; it pollutes them and removes them from the grace of Christ. As a result of this He also warned Timothy in his epistle to him while he was still in Ephesus to tell the Ephesians that “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).

He went further to warn Timothy that “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), there is an important remark he made in the verse above, he indicated that by taking heed to the doctrine which is the right doctrine, which is the truth, and as he continues in it, he will be able to save himself and the people who listens to him. This implies that salvation is obtainable by listing to the right teaching. These warnings are not just coming from Apostle Paul alone but other Apostle also joined in the crusade and to warn every believer not to give heed to devilish teachings. Apostle John in his epistles called the false teaching antichrist “And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.” (1 John 4:3), also see (1 John 2:18, 22).

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