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Re: Diligently Study Doctrine

The state of the world today is nothing but an appalling monument to human failure. We have come to realize that a man can be educated and cultured and still be a beast! The whole case of the Bible is that the trouble with man is not intellectual (in the mind) but moral (in the heart). If the "grace" you have received does not help you to keep the law, you have not received grace. The Christian way is a difficult way of life. It is too glorious to be easy. The New Testament way of handling sanctification is never an appeal, it is a command.

The man whose doctrine is shaky will be shaky in his whole life. There is nothing so fatuous [delusive, foolish] as the view that Christian doctrine is removed from life. There is nothing which is more practical. I always find that those who are driven with every wind of doctrine are those who are too lazy to study doctrine. I spend half my time telling Christians to study doctrine and the other half telling them that doctrine is not enough. My observation over the years is that it is the people who have not been taught the truth negatively as well as positively who always get carried away by the heresies and cults, because they have not been forewarned and forearmed against them. --D. Martyn Lloyd Jones

"For out of the heart come forth reasonings, evil things, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, lies, blasphemies." (Mt15:19)

" The heart is deceitful above all things, and it is incurable; who can know it? (Jer17:9)

"..having girded up the loins of your mind, being sober, perfectly hope on the grace being brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ, as children of obedience, not fashioning yourselves to your former lusts in your ignorance, but according to the Holy One who has called you, you also become holy in all conduct; because it has been written, "Be holy," "because I am holy." (1Pt1:13-16)

"..until we all may come to the unity of the faith and of the full knowledge of the Son of God, to a full-grown man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be infants, being blown and carried about by every wind of doctrine, in the trickery of men, in craftiness to the deceit of error, but speaking the truth in love, we may grow up into Him in all things, who is the head, the Christ, from whom all the body, having been fitted and compacted together through every assisting bond, according to the effectual working of one measure in each part, produces the growth of the body to the building up of itself in love. (Eph4:13-15)

"[Diligently hasten] to present yourself approved to God, a workman unashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth. (2Tim2:15)

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