I’m increasingly finding myself dissatisfied with doctrine. Now don’t get me wrong. I do believe doctrine is important. For knowing ones doctrine means one knows what it is they believe. But I’m getting more and more dissatisfied with dogmatic doctrine. Systematic doctrine. Calvinism, Arminism, Catholacism, Orthodoxism, Lutherism, Methodism, Pentecostalism, Baptistism and all the other “isms” you can think of.
I was reading John this morning. John 20:31
But these are written so that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing, you might have life in his name.
There are many who take great pains to teach a dogmatic formulated systematic theology in a way that those they have taught believe that is the actual gospel. But here, right now, John the Apostle says.. that if you truly believe that Jesus is the Christ. He is the Son of God. You will have life through him.
This Christmas as you go about your daily routine of life. As you go about your yearly traditions. Think about what it is you actually believe about Jesus. For after all, to use a well known cliché. He is the reason for the season.