Why is Doctrine Important to the Church?

The church must be committed to the need for sound doctrine.  By definition sound doctrine is systematic teaching that holds fast to the faithful word of Scripture and is accordance with the teaching of Scripture (Tit 1:9). The church has been entrusted with the task of developing and defending a sound theology that proceeds from the authoritative and sufficient Word of God. Specifically, the leadership of the church has the two-fold responsibility to “exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict [sound doctrine].” (Tit 1:9) Doctrine is not optional for the church! The overwhelming trend to water down doctrine or deemphasize its importance must be resisted by the church. The health and fate of the church depend in large part on the ability of its leadership to articulate and defend sound doctrine (1 Tim 4:6-8). Strange and false doctrines are constantly being propagated by Satan and the church must be committed to the need for sound doctrine in order to overcome the schemes of the evil one.