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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Doctrine Is Exciting

Yes you read that right. No, I’m not being ridiculous. Doctrine is exciting. For years we have been told by church growth folks that “doctrine kills,” which in essence means that feeding the church too much doctrinal depth will bore them to death. So instead, we feed them a steady diet of shallow meaningless drivel and idiotic feel-good games. Here’s the evidence.

However, as many in the church have learned, this lack of doctrine produces nothing but social clubs and worldly professlings; not true disciples. And the truth of the matter is, doctrine is exciting. I think I said that already, but it bears repeating.

Take for example this short excerpt on the Doctrine of Propitiation.

Now, apart from the inclusion of one of those endless “pink bunny” songs (it keeps going, and going, and going), and the flashy media presentation, the truth itself conveyed in this clip is exciting!

How can you not get excited about having your guilt removed? It’s not just “God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life.” It’s that guilty sinners have been rescued by the shed blood of Jesus. It’s not just a feel good idea that God will help you with your problems; it’s that God has already helped you with the biggest problem of all…you sin.

This is exciting stuff, folks. This is more exciting than doing the hokey pokey, or whatever else the pseudo-church wants to toss out there. This is life changing truth.

If you haven’t taken the time to study and read about things like Expiation and Propitiation and how they fit into the doctrine of Substitutionary Atonement, you need to. Don’t just roll your eyes at the big sounding words. This is the heart of the Gospel message, folks. And it’s exciting. In fact, it will cause more joy in your heart than just hearing that “God loves you.” (no matter how many times you sing it over and over).

So pick up your Bible and read. Front to back. See how those concepts are brought out under the Old Covenant and how they are fulfilled in the New Covenant. But let me warn you know. When you truly get a hold of these concepts, you might just jump up and down for joy. Here’s to exciting truth.

NOTE: If you really want to read some good stuff on doctrine in general, check out the Theology section at

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