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THE COMMON CHALLENGE FACING THE CHURCH: The Difference Between Jesus Doctrine And Religious Doctrine

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THE COMMON CHALLENGE FACING THE CHURCH: The Difference Between Jesus Doctrine And Religious Doctrine

The truth is always higher than any human being or institution.

Correct Christian teaching (Jesus’ Doctrine) is always higher than religious doctrine (human invention) because the doctrine of our Lord Jesus Christ is truth and His word is directly from God as He does only what He sees His Father (God the Father) doing in Heaven – John 5:19 KJV “Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.”

The word doctrine means “teaching,” or “instruction.” While some use this term interchangeably with the word theology, but there is a difference between.

Doctrine is a serious challenge to the whole Church, the body of Christ as many Christians don’t know the difference between Jesus doctrine and religious doctrine.

Jesus doctrine is the same thing as Christian doctrine. And religious doctrine is completely different from Christian doctrine. Religious doctrine is of man and devils: 1 John 4:1 KJV “…giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils…” Christian doctrine is Christian teaching according to the dictates, teaching and life of Jesus Christ. The second book of John chapter one verse nine talks about the doctrine of Christ – 2 John 1:9 KJV  “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.”

Once again, don’t forget that the Bible also mentioned the doctrines of the devils in 1 Timothy 4:1 KJV “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.”

Since we are in the last days (end times), according to the prophecy of the above quoted scripture, doctrines of devils have found their way into the church. They are hidden in the religious doctrine called theology which many Christians are ignorant of except they know and understand with the help of the Holy Spirit the best teacher – John 14:26 KJV and 1 John 2:27 KJV “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he (the Holy Spirit) shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you…..But the anointing (the Holy Spirit)  which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.”

Religious doctrine (theology) is synonymous to religion while the doctrine of Christ (Jesus doctrine) is synonymous to the dictates, teaching and life of Jesus Christ from God directly. However some denominations mix Christian doctrine together with religious doctrine and put them together and called them theology. Human invention created both religion and its theology (religious doctrines).

Religion blocks and deletes the critical thinking of people following it (religion) by its doctrines,

The Lord Jesus Christ has nothing to do with the religious doctrine. Jesus doctrine is directly from God while religious doctrine speaks of its own coming from man and devils. The Lord Jesus Christ told the religious leaders that His doctrine came directly from God the Father: John 7:16-17 KJV”Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.
If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.”
The doctrine of Christ is the will of God.

The source of Jesus doctrine (teaching) is from God the Father. The doctrine of our Lord Jesus Christ is from the Heaven above. But the religious doctrine is a make-up. The religious leaders are making it up the theology for different denominations.

The Apostles’ doctrine is the teaching that centered on what Jesus Christ said and what He did – and the early church was devoted to it – Acts 2:42  KJV “And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.”

The first Christians (after the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the permanent arrival of the Holy Spirit on earth) were constantly reading and studying, as well as putting into practice the teachings of the Lord Jesus.

The religious leaders don’t teach the pure doctrine of Jesus Christ but the adulterated one in this dispensation. Just like in the early church, the Apostles were ordered not to teach the doctrine of Jesus: Acts 5:27-28  KJV “And when they had brought them (Peter and John), they set them before the council: and the high priest asked them, Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.” The religious leaders are never comfortable with the pure truth of the doctrine of Christ Jesus. The religious leaders commanded the apostles to stop spreading and proclaiming the teachings of Jesus but they never stopped because they told everyone about the truth of the Jesus doctrine.

The doctrine of Jesus Christ is the pure Christian doctrine that is when believed, it is life-changing!

The Apostle Paul’s doctrine is Jesus’ Doctrine. The Apostle Paul taught purely the pure Christian doctrine which is hundred percent (100%) doctrine of our Lord Jesus Christ –  he never taught any form of religious doctrine: Acts 17:19 KJV  And they took him (the Apostle Paul), and brought him unto Areopagus, saying, May we know what this new doctrine (the Jesus’Doctrine), whereof thou speakest, is? The People in Athens wanted and desired to hear Paul’s Doctrine – when the apostle Paul went to Athens, the people sought after to hear his doctrine. The doctrine of the Apostle Paul is the doctrine (teaching) of Jesus Christ.

The Apostle Paul taught people the doctrine of Jesus. He taught people how God the Son became a human being in the Person of Jesus Christ – Philippians 2:5-8  KJV “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”

Jesus doctrine which is Christian doctrine is for the Christians – and they are to know, understand, obey and practice it –  Romans 6:17-18 KJV  “But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.”

Religious doctrine destroys the true practice of Christianity, avoid it. Religion twists and manipulates scriptures. Religion represents fear, curse, guilt, brainwashing, subservience, hero worship, bring your money for God to bless you practice, sorcery, idolatry, self-righteousness, you have to do some works to be saved and accepted to God, etc. Religion is a powerful and potent tool in the hands of the religious leaders to control and enslave people’s mindset.

Jesus doctrine (Christian doctrine) is all about having a personal walk and intimate relationship with God in Spirit and in truth – John 4:23-24 KJV “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”

From the day of human creation by God up till, He (God) always looks and still looking for the individuals who will have a personal walk and intimate relationship with Him as He did in the beginning in the Garden of Eden.

One ignorant problem with the religious leaders is that they did not understand the Scriptures by the Holy Spirit (, the best teacher) — they did not really understand the doctrine, or teaching, that came from God through the Lord Jesus Christ to humanity, even some of these religious leaders are not genuinely born again. If they had understood what the Scriptures taught by the Christian doctrine (Jesus’ Doctrine), they would have accepted Him as their personal Lord and Savior – they would have taught purely only the understanding of the knowledge and wisdom of the Christian doctrine known and understood as the Jesus’ Doctrine (the doctrine of Christ) – Titus 2:10 KJV  and 2 John 1:9 KJV “Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things…. Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.”

The religious leaders during the earthly ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ did not even know scriptures and the same could be said of the present religious leaders who are of the head knowledge based on theology of the human invention – Matthew 22:29  KJV  “Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.”

The holy Bible recommended that every genuinely born again Christian should grow from doctrine of Christ into spiritual maturity – this typical spiritual growth is never from the religious doctrine: Hebrews 6:1  KJV “Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God.”

Once again as I mentioned above, from the day of human creation by God up till now,  He (God) always looks for and is still looking for the individuals who will have a personal walk and intimate relationship with Him as ît was in the beginning in the Garden of Eden when God had a robust relationship with Adam and Eve in Genesis 3:8-9  KJV “And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?”

The common challenge facing the church today is mixing together Jesus doctrine with religious doctrine – the lack of understanding to separate the Jesus’ Doctrine (the Christian doctrine/the doctrine of Christ) from the religious doctrine that is full of doctrinal errors.

Correct Christian teaching/doctrine will lead to the true practice of Christianity on earth – 2 Timothy 4:1-3 KJV “I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears.” Correct Christian teaching is sound doctrine.”

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Note: Proverbs 23:23 NKJV “Buy the truth, and do not sell it…”

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About the author


Olusegun Ibikunle has devoted his entire life to the service of his Master Lord Jesus Christ since 2003, greatly adding value to lives. He is into the propagation of the gospel of Christ of righteousness and holiness on the earth. By the grace of God, he is the founder of the Holy Army of Christ (HAC) Ministries. The ministries God has used to bless the children, the teenagers, the youths and the adults.

He has a B.Sc. degree in Industrial Engineering. The Holy Spirit inspired him to write this book for the edification of the Body of Christ and the benefit of Heaven-bound Christians in the last days (end times).

He is a great life coach. He holds seminars across the globe.

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