Many years ago there was a commercial on television advertising hamburgers at drive-throughs. It showed an elderly lady at the window, looking at her hamburger and asking, "Where's the beef?" This ad turned out to be a sensation and one of the classic commercials of all time.
The time has come unfortunately, in our theological culture, to ask the question, "Where's the Bible doctrine?" I recently noticed a reader board at a church that said, "Help fight truth decay." This is a clever but sad saying.
Well, truth is still truth, but one would never know it by the way it has been compromised by some secular western cultures, watered down by some teachers, and ignored in some of our churches. Basic Christian doctrine has been replaced by many other things, resulting in compromise in morality and purity, and the acceptance of teachings and practices that used to be thought of as sin. Thankfully, this is not true of all cultures; there are some that are still teaching and practicing uncompromised truth.
It begins with a neglect of the study of God's Word. A recent survey revealed that a very small percentage of Christians read the Bible consistently, and some hardly at all. There is a deplorable lack of biblical literacy. In fact, many professing Christians no longer hold to the basic tenets of the Christian faith.
Basic Christian teaching has taken a back seat in some churches, being replaced by feel-good teaching or prosperity theology. This has led to a lesser value put on doctrine. This is often combined with an emphasis on emotion. Emotion does not equal devotion to God. Emotion void of doctrine is nothing more than emotion.
An important element to stop and consider, also, is how much doctrinal teaching is going on in our youth ministries? Are our young people, the next generation, getting a good weekly dose of it, and do they know what the Bible teaches about given subjects relevant to them?
It is high time to give a concentrated effort in restoring sound doctrine! How many people attending church are walking away with new practical insights from the Bible that can be used in daily living as opposed to the number of people going out the door with nothing more than a good feeling about themselves?
The truth is what sets people free and causes growth to take place. We won't have truth until we get back to the basics of sound biblical teaching.
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