Yesterday, I was listening to a Protestant minster from Calvary chapel on the radio talking about arguing with other Christians, and trying to prove your interpretation of what doctrine is taught in scripture.
He made the comment about the “once saved always saved” doctrine which caught my attention.
This Pastor said that he doesn’t argue it because both sides if the issue are taught in scripture.
He also went on to say that we don’t need an outside source of authority to interpret scripture, that every believer is led by the Holy Spirit to the truth.
Can this be true, can the bible teach conflicting doctrine, I thought the bible was inerrant.
I am guessing that he deemed it a “non-essential”, but I would disagree, to me this is a very important doctrine, which could lead many to Hell, if they are incorrect on it.
The Apostle Paul seemed to think that holding to the one doctrine was very important, but I don’t recall him saying that there are conflicting doctrines which Christians can follow either side. He seems to be saying hold to the ‘doctrine’, not to the ‘doctrines’.
**Rom 16:17 ** I appeal to you, brethren, to take note of those who create dissensions and difficulties, in opposition to the doctrine which you have been taught; avoid them.
Eph 4:14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the cunning of men, by their craftiness in deceitful wiles.
1Ti 1:3 As I urged you when I was going to Macedonia, remain at Ephesus that you may charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine,
**1Ti 4:6 ** If you put these instructions before the brethren, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, nourished on the words of the faith and of the good doctrine which you have followed.
**Tts 1:9 ** he must hold firm to the sure word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to confute those who contradict it.
**Tts 2:1 ** But as for you, teach what befits sound doctrine.
Maybe this attitude of conflicting doctrine taught in scripture could be applied to other issues also, like baptism is necessary for salvation, and baptism is not necessary for salvation, we are saved by faith alone, and we are not saved by faith alone.
Maybe we should just hold to what we believe the Holy Spirit tells us scripture is teaching.
Sometimes the Holy Spirit will tell one person a truth, and another person will be told that another conflicting doctrine is the truth.
Does the bible teach conflicting doctrine?
And if it does indeed teach conflicting doctrine, does that mean that doctrine is not important?
Should every Christian just hold to what he believes to be true?