“Don’t give me doctrine, I just want Jesus”

It is a favorite quote of many evangelicals — “Don’t give me doctrine, I just want Jesus.”

As if “doctrine” is a bad thing.

Let’s think this through for a sec, shall we? You say you “just want Jesus?” Okay, take your pick. Would you like…

What’ll ya have? What’ll ya have?

Just remember, each one of these groups believes in some form of “Jesus.” But they are all very different from one another — they all can’t be true. It’s even possible that none of them are true (hint: none of them are true). But this isn’t like picking out a side dish to go with your value meal. There are real consequences to this. Jesus kind of said so…

“I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins.” — John 8:24

Wait! We have to believe that Jesus is “he?”

“He” who?

Jesus seems to be indicating that getting his identity right is a key to salvation. Believing in the “right” Jesus is pretty important. So, how in the world are we to determine which is and which is not the real Jesus? All of a sudden we need answers. Where do we go to get them?

Well, we have to go to the Bible.

Did you know the Bible is just packed full of information about Jesus — who he is, what he did and why he did it? If what you really want is Jesus then this information is exactly what you need to make sure you have the right Jesus. In fact, this information is typically referred to as… wait for it…

…doctrine.

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About Chip
Chip is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, TN. He served more than five years on the staff of the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana as Director of Communications and Public Relations, editor of the Indiana Baptist newsjournal, and regular contributor to the Baptist Press, the official news service of the Southern Baptist Convention. He currently earns his living as a writer. He serves his local church as a teacher and deacon and his local Baptist Association as a Seminary Extension instructor and supply preacher.

2 Responses to “Don’t give me doctrine, I just want Jesus”

  1. PCTuesday says:

    Hey, I’m here! Good job. I liked the Varsity reference.

  2. Pamela M. says:

    Truth!

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