Gregg R. Allison, in his book titled, “50 Core Truths of the Christian Faith* described doctrine having four applications. I found his idea intreaging and therefore include his thoughts on the matter.
- Doctrine is believed. Orthodoxy is true belief, or sound doctrine.
- Doctrine is practiced. Orthopraxis is right practice, or godly living.
- Doctrine is confessed. Confession is the public profession of Christian belief.
- Doctrine is taught. Teaching (the word “doctrine” comes from the Latin docere, “to teach”) is the faithful transmission of Christian belief from generation to generation.
In today’s world of preaching, a lack of doctrine will lead to false teaching and false belief system.
Oh, that Christians today would fall in love with the Word of God, and practice these four applications of doctrine.
Amen, and Amen.
*Gregg R. Allison, 50 Core Truths of the Christian Faith: A guide to understanding and teaching theology, Grand Rapids, MI, Baker Books, 2018, p.1