The Apostolic Doctrine
By Randall (Randy) Tidmore
Acts 2:41-4241Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. 42And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. (NKJV)
For several years now the “Christian” trend has been one of “political correctness.” The Post-Modern mentality has affected the basic belief system of many who still claim to be Christians. People seek a new gospel, a more modern message that can “reach” more people in today’s world.
Some church leaders think they find scriptural authority for their new approach to preaching. They appeal to Paul’s letters to Ephesus, Corinth and Rome.
Ephesians 4:1515but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— (NKJV)
1 Corinthians 9:19-2319For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more; 20and to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the law, that I might win those who are under the law; 21to those who are without law, as without law (not being without law toward God, but under law toward Christ), that I might win those who are without law; 22to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. 23Now this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I may be partaker of it with you. (NKJV)
Romans 6:1414For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace. (NKJV)
While these passages certainly are part of the Apostolic Doctrine many preachers and teachers are misusing and abusing them, teaching things they neither say nor imply. “Speaking the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15) neither releases one from his obligation to preach the truth, nor to undermine truth in the name of love.
The adaptations that Paul made to reach more people (1 Corinthians 9:19-23) were cultural adaptations, not doctrinal. He indicates that he was always under the law of Christ and that he adapted himself for the gospel’s sake. There is nothing said about adapting the gospel for the people’s sake.
Paul obviously had reference to the Law of Moses in Romans 6:14 and not some “system of law” theory that many promote. Within the apostles’ teaching there are several unpopular subjects. Instead of teaching the necessity of “shunning evil,” many popular preachers are shunning the subjects of evil, sin, repentance and anything else that might diminish their popularity.
2 Timothy 2:1616But shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness. (NKJV)
2 Timothy 4:1-41I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: 2Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. 3For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. (NKJV)
Paul said that by doing this he was innocent of the blood of all men (Acts 20:26-27).
If we refuse to preach “sound doctrine,” we will have the blood of lost men on our hands.
We err when we measure the success of gospel preaching by the number of responses. In religious matters the majority is almost never right.
Matthew 7:13-1413“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. (NKJV)
Matthew 7:21-2321“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ (NKJV)
The good news of the gospel is not that one can continue in sin. The good news is that with God’s help we can overcome sin’s dominion and serve God faithfully.
Romans 6:1-21What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? 2Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? (NKJV)
Romans 6:14-1814For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace. 15What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not! 16Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? 17But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. 18And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. (NKJV)
1 Corinthians 10:1313No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. (NKJV)
This generation does not need a more modern gospel and a softer approach. It needs to be warned of pending judgment and an eternal destiny that awaits us all.
Hebrews 9:2727And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, (NKJV)
John 12:4848He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him— the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day. (NKJV)
The Apostolic Doctrine will not appeal to everyone. Many superficial “Christians” will turn away. While we do not want to offend anyone, we will not “muzzle” the gospel to avoid doing so. After all, the Word of God is the “SWORD” of the Spirit, not a “pacifier”!
2 Corinthians 5:1010For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. (NKJV)
We invite you to consider the studies on this site with an open mind, and search the Scriptures to see if these things are true. If they are true we urge you to accept them. If you find us in error we urge you to bring it to our attention.