Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Three Cheers for Dogmatism

Bill Muehlenberg has written a good piece entitled "Three Cheers for Dogmatism," extolling the virtue of dogma and sound doctrine in Christianity.  After sharing scripture on the need to pronounce absolute truth, he summarizes them this.
These and other passages make it quite clear: dogmatism is a good thing.  We all should be dogmatic.  That is, all believers should firmly and resolutely hold to sound dogma, and not allow ourselves to be tossed about by every wind of doctrine.
He then goes on to give quotes from John Stott and G. K. Chesterton to make his point.

As one who is not afraid to correct someone or something leading away from the biblical faith, I applaud those who follow through with Paul's instruction and admonition as given in the post or take up what Jude wrote in his epistle to "contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints." (Jude 1:3)  In the face of so many promoting meaningless relevance, vacuous conversations, and nebulous unity, let us instead take comfort and strength in Paul's admonition:
Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.  (1 Cor 15:58)