Doctrine Matters

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Matthew 16

Now when His disciples had come to the other side, they had forgotten to take bread. Then Jesus said to them, “Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the Sadducees.”

And they reasoned among themselves, saying, “It is because we have taken no bread.”

But Jesus, being aware of it, said to them, “O you of little faith, why do you reason among yourselves because you have brought no bread? Do you not yet understand, or remember the five loaves of the five thousand and how many baskets you took up? 10 Nor the seven loaves of the four thousand and how many large baskets you took up? 11 How is it you do not understand that I did not speak to you concerning bread?—but to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” 12 Then they understood that He did not tellthem to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

There are things that are important every day and one of those things is food. The disciples were hungry and Jesus told them to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the Sadducees.  The disciples, listening to their stomachs growling, thought for sure that Jesus was talking about food.

When it came to priorities, Jesus was making it clear that food for the bodies was secondary to the doctrine needed for life.  As Jesus compared the bad doctrine of the Pharisees to leaven he was telling his disciples of the prevailing power of that bad doctrine.  I think what Jesus was teaching here is that doctrine matters.

We have lived in the Aurora/Naperville area for twenty years.  During this time, I have observed and been a part of different efforts to reach the community for Christ, to care for the unborn, to feed the hungry and so on.  In those efforts it has become clear to me that the project is often first and doctrine is second or third or not considered.  In the end, the social agenda might be met but there is no lasting value in the souls of those cared for.  Is God even glorified when He is not a part of the social efforts?

Doctrine matters.  What someone thinks about the Word of God, the work of Christ, prayer, Christian fellowship, the love of God, and the assurance of salvation matters.  When I would bring these doctrines up some would agree some would push it away.  Jesus was telling us for all time that doctrine is important.  It can either be a guide to light our way or it can be a leaven that poisons the whole loaf.


Our sister, Edna, has been to a physical therapist and feels hopeful.  Pray for clarity from God regarding her recovery.  This has been a painful journey for her and one that she longs to be finished with.

Victory Academy started this week.  Pray for the boys and the staff to develop working relationships quickly to start off the year on a good direction together. Pray for salvations and changes of heart.  

Have a great day in the Lord,



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