Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
Hosea 4:6-9 (v.6) The cause of man's problem is lack of knowledge. It does not stem from shortage of information,but rather from rejection of information. (v.8)They are the problem;that is,the priesthood.They have not helped the people face their sin and deal with it.Rather,they have gloried and taken pleasure in the sin of the people. (v.9)Like people,like priest:The priest of God is corrupted and made like the sinning people,not vice versa...
The word doctrine derives from the Latin term for teaching and refers to the content that was taught in the New Testament.The proper teaching of Scripture was called " the apostles' doctrine," meaning that which the apostles taught.This contrasted with erroneous teaching called "doctrines of devils" 1Timothy 4:1 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; meaning that teaching whose source is not God but the messengers of Satan, whose desire it is to substitute false religion for Christianity 2 Corinthians 11:13~15 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
Illustration: The apostles' doctrine was true, not because an apostle taught it, but because it was consistent with Scriptures. The Bereans examined the teaching of Paul in light of the Scriptures before accepting it. Also, the church at Ephesus examined some who called themselves apostles and found them liars Revelation 2:2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:
Application: A Christian should attempt to understand and believe true doctrine,while rejecting all that disagrees with the Word of God 1 John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
Frist Reference: Acts 2:42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
Primary Reference: Acts 2:42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. ; cf. Titus 3:10 A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject;
2Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
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