There are warnings throughout the Bible against substituting our own judgment for God’s will and God’s way! “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.” (II John 9) The Bible here shows the gravity of departing from the teaching of Christ! The Bible here clearly shows that doctrine is important. If one departs from the teaching of Christ, one does not have fellowship with God.
Many today say that doctrine doesn’t matter, but this contradicts what the Bible teaches. One simply must not add to or take away from the teaching of Christ and to do so leads to apostasy.
In man’s judgment, “one church is as good as another,” but in God’s judgment, He has authorized only His son to build the church and all others have no divine approval! (Acts 20:28; Col. 1:18; Matt. 28:18)
In man’s judgment, “all who are religious, honest and sincere will be saved,” but in God’s judgment, Jesus said, “Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter the kingdom of heaven: but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” (Matt. 7:21) The Bible emphasizes here that one must make sure that he is obeying the word of God, because honest and sincere people can be misled by opinions and conclusions that are not found in scriptures. (Prov. 14:12; I John 4:1) The failure to worship the right object (God) in the right manner (spirit and truth) and according to right standard will render our worship vain. (Matt. 15:9) Right worship is based upon right teaching, and wrong worship is based upon man’s judgment.
In man’s judgment, some believe the postmodern view of truth, (1) people merely believe what their parents taught them, (2) don’t believe in divinely revealed truth, (3) truth is what works for them, (4) reject logic and absolutes. The Bible dismisses this skeptical rejection of the truth and affirms that we can know the truth with confidence and certainty. (Luke 1:4; Acts 2:36; II Peter 1:10; John 8:31-32)
In man judgment, some believe in using creed books to help interpret the Bible, but in God’s judgment, He doesn’t need any help from man! (Isa. 55:8; II Tim. 3:16-17; II Peter 1:3)
In man’s judgment, “salvation is by faith only,” plus nothing and minus nothing, but in God’s judgment (James 2:28), “ye see that by works a man is justified (forgiveness of sins), and not only by faith” (saved by believing in God without obeying him) (Acts 2:38; Acts 22:16).
In man’s judgment, “once saved, always saved,” but in God’s judgment (Gal. 5:3-4), one can fall from grace! (Heb. 6:3-4)
In man’s judgment, “saved without baptism” but in God’s judgment baptism is essential. (Acts 2:41; Gal. 3:26-27).