When and Why Does Doctrine Matter?

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Dr. Brown discusses some of the more controversial doctrinal issues in the Body today, asking when and why it is important to emphasize certain doctrines and when some doctrinal discussions are actually distractions more than helps to our practical mission in the world. Listen live here 2-4 pm EST, and call into the show at (866) 348 7884 with your questions and comments.


Hour 1:

Dr. Brown’s Bottom Line: We ultimately believe in the great high priestly prayer of Jesus that we would be one as He and the Father are one. May we pray that for one another and walk in humility to see it happen.

Hour 2:


Dr. Brown’s Bottom Line: What we believe about God, who He is, what He’s promised, is foundationally important. Let us demonstrate the importance of what we believe by living a Godly life to His glory!



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Other Resources:

What Happens When Sin Becomes the Law?

Does Doctrine Matter? And, Is Healing in the Atonement?

Does Doctrine Really Matter? (And an interview with Billy Graham’s daughter-in-law Christina Graham)

  1. When? All the time. Why? Because self-righteous insecure people feel a need to prove themselves and their way, right, as they don’t much adhere to the message of the cross.

    Yet doctrine does really matter anytime someone sincerely feels a need to know the truth about something, or feels a need to know how to walk more pleasing to God concerning something, or feels the need to find peace about something God is dealing with them on.

  2. I find Geisler’s list of essentials to be essential. 😉


    This is also summarized in those two articles:


    (Note: Personally, I don’t share Ammilenaialism of Frank Henegraff – president of the Christian Research Institute. And even not everything that Geisler teaches I agree with. BUT, when it comes to the list of essentials, I know of no better person to actually explaining which are they and why)

  3. usually, following subjects are considered to be NON essentials:
    – age of the universe/Earth
    – Pre-tribulation, mid-tribulation, post-tribulation
    – trichotomy vs. dichotomy (human is soul and body, or soul, spirit, and body)
    – Calvinism vs. Arminianism vs. Molinism
    – can a believer loose salvation or not

    I’ve seen debate on the weekend between Dr. White and Dr. Brown, and personally I’m 100% with Dr. Brown as far as what I heard being said.
    Saying that, we need not be schismatics (like John MacArthur makes himself to look) seeking to weaken the already weakened Body of Christ. We have too many common enemies to spend energy debating non-essentials in expense of essentials.

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