Doctrine Matters

November 16, 2022

Some will say, “Doctrine divides,” and from one perspective they are right. In Mat. 10:34, Jesus said, “Don’t think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.” The doctrines of the faith separate those who embrace them and those who don’t. Right theology can tear families, friends, and churches a part, because Christ and his Word is to have no rival in our hearts. In no way is this an excuse for harsh rhetoric in communicating the doctrines of the faith. Instead, the offense is to be the Gospel and not us. Our language is to be full of grace and seasoned with salt (Col. 4:5-6). It is to be gracious and charitable, while also seeking to preserve biblical truth.

One modern model for this kind of doctrinal engagement is the Gospel Reformation Network (GRN). In 2012 the GRN began by working to promote a proper view of sanctification. There was a growing antinomian trend in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), and the GRN sought to call those saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, to gratefully live “self-controlled upright and godly lives in the present age” (Titus 2:11-12). Since then, the GRN has widened its scope to focus on cultivating healthy reformed churches in the PCA. Our denomination like many others has seen ‘drift,’ because cultural ideals have slipped into our churches and set up residence. The GRN is one effort to help move the PCA further down the road of biblical reformation.

It’s seven distinctions are at the heart of Cherokee Presbyterian’s purpose and vision for the years ahead. If you want to know more about CPC’s Scriptural grounding, historical connectedness, ministry commitments, and future direction, give a look at the GRN website. You will also find there numerous articles and videos centered on some of the recent PCA happenings (Note the videos on different GA overtures) , as well as encouragements to personal and corporate piety (Here’s one on Three Presbyterian Convictions and another concerning The Blessing of Evening Worship).

At times, doctrine may divide. Nonetheless, Paul called Titus to “Teach sound doctrine” (Titus 2:1). Why? That’s what the people on the island of Crete needed. They required right theology, for right worship, and right living. We need the same, and the GRN can help us pursue these God glorifying ends.

—Pastor Clif