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@MPH wrote:

ok lol, just thought of something. Jesus said the thief on the cross would be with him in paradise, and evidently, he was not baptized, but we don’t have his entire history, just the end result of his poor life choices.

Yes! Thank you for sharing this MPH. What a perfect example for our discussion.

Secondly, this is not so much directed at you MPH as it is for-the-record in general. It seems like most times I get to talking about doctrine in chat or posts, people get antsy and caution flags come out.

I understand this is the internet, and flamewars happen, and people have had bad experiences at such and such a site. But the Gospel must take priority! We know we are called to discuss doctrine. And we, as brothers and sisters in Christ should be able to come together civilly and lovingly to do so. I realize text on a webpage doesn’t always convey the friendliest tone, but that’s the nature of the internet. I’m glad Parhelion came to rebuke me, because by my wording, it sounded like I was debasing the blessed act of baptism. Discussions like this are good for us. We should be passionate about doctrine!

We know we should:

- Study to show ourselves approved unto God, rightly dividing the word of truth [2 Ti 2:15]

- Grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. [2 Pe 3:18]

- Receive the Word with all readiness of mind, searching the scriptures daily whether claims are true [Acts 17:11]

…and we know when we meet on these issues, we grow in grace and knowledge. As Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend. [Prov 27:17]

Proper doctrine is important in growing in knowledge and grace in Christ. People talk about doctrine like it is a bad thing! (“Doctrine just divides…” or “I don’t want all the doctrine…”)

We are called to exhort with proper doctrine!

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; And they shall turn away [their] ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. [2Ti 4:2-5]