It is sad that doctrine is often ignored for the sake of unity. Most professing Christians are not even sure what doctrine is or what it has to do with Christ and the church. Some have even argued with me that it isn't even found in their translation of the Bible.
Doctrine: that which is taught or teachings. This word is found throughout the New Testament Greek text and is translated in the King James Version as "doctrine", while in other translations it is often translated as "teaching", "that which is taught", etc.
Whatever you are trying to teach from the Bible, whether you have interpreted it correctly or applied it correctly, is still doctrine. It can be classified as false doctrine or correct Biblical doctrine. This depends on how you use the Scriptures to achieve your teaching.
With the mindset of many being as it is today, there has been an increase in false doctrine within professing Christianity. Many professing believers are open to false doctrine and are turned off by correct doctrine. Correct doctrine challenges us while false doctrine appeals to the world. (1 John 2:15-16, "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.") This includes the world's philosophy, focus and flavor. In other words, the ends justifies the means, if it advances us or our cause and appeals to the world. Thus, false doctrine is introduced to those who are eager to accept an alternative to the standard truth that has been taught for centuries, beginning with the early church.
I would strongly suggest that if you are one of those who has wandered off in a direction of your own choosing, apart from the Word of God, prayerfully examine the Scriptures. Do not make excuses for how you feel. For those who still try to follow correct doctrine, stand fast and don't allow yourself to be moved by the various so called Christian movements. The pressure is great and the ridiculing that you receive is often insulting, but you are not alone. The Scriptures tell us to stand fast in the faith. For encouragement, read the book of Jude.
In His Grace,
Pastor Ernest F. Brodie Sr.