Why Doctrine Matters


So it came about in the morning that, behold, it was Leah! And he said to Laban, “What is this you have done to me? Was it not for Rachel that I served with you? Why then have you deceived me?”  (Genesis 29:25; NASB)

There are some people in Evangelical circles today who are so spiritual that they’ve declared, doctrine doesn’t really matter.  All that matters to them is having a personal relationship with Jesus.  Whether a doctrine is true or not doesn’t really matter to these brethren.  All that matters is knowing Jesus.  Such is the spirit of our age.

But if I could, I would just like to make a little observation from a story in the life of Jacob.  Jacob, if you recall, was madly in love with a girl named Rachel.  He agreed to serve Laban, Rachel’s father, for seven years, if only at the end of those seven years he could take Rachel to be his wife.  Well, seven years of service came and went, and Jacob took Rachel to be his wife.  But when Jacob woke up the next morning, he discovered the woman he was with was not the woman whom he had served Laban for.   Instead, it was another woman altogether, Leah.  Jacob had been married to the wrong woman.

What is one thing we can learn from this little story?  At the end of the day, the truth really does matter.  Indeed, if your personal relationship with the Lord is not grounded in the truth, like Jacob, one day when you wake up, you may discover that after all your years of service, that you were married to the wrong person altogether.

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