I hear it all the time from people saying ‘I’m not interested in doctrine. I’m interested in relationships. I’m interested in Jesus. Doctrine divides.’ Of course, doctrine divides, when didn’t it divide. I’ll tell of the first division that doctrine produced, was when this fellow came into the garden of Eden and I’m guessing—you’ll have to help me here Mike—I don’t think he was slithering on the ground yet I think he was probably standing up. And he came to Eve, and he said “did God say that if you eat of the tree, you will surely die? What kind of doctrine is that? You won’t die. What difference does it make?”
Do you realize that the fall of the human race was a profoundly theological, doctrinal issue? Who’s telling the truth: God or the serpent? So I beg you don’t ever be cavalier about the truth of God. If the truth of God didn’t matter there’d be no reason for us to be here this afternoon, there’d be no reason to have a Reformation Bible College. But it does matter because Christ matters, and because God matters, and because we matter to Him.