Doctrine is important but it can be easy to have doctrine as an end until itself. We want the truth. We want to know the truth…we want true biblical doctrine. But is that enough? I used to think it was but I don’t think so anymore. There are people out there who know biblical doctrine and are absolute stinkers. What good is doctrine if it doesn’t result in actual biblical outcomes like character formation, growing in love of God and neighbor, benevolent deeds that come from generous hearts? Doctrine without the corresponding spiritual growth, development and actions is dead.
If you had to complete the sentence, “Doctrine is only as good as…” how would you complete the sentence? I want to hear your thoughts and I will share my answer in the comments.