Biblical doctrine should be studied, because it provides the believer with a clear understanding about the basic beliefs of their faith (John 20:31; 1 John 5:13a; Matthew 28:19a).
But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name. – John 20:31
These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; – 1 John 5:13a
Go ye therefore, and teach (i.e. disciple) all nations, – Matthew 28:19a
You cannot be a Christian without being a disciple. A disciple (mathēteúō) is a student or learner. Being a disciple of Jesus means that you are learning the doctrine that He taught. There are no excuses… you are not too busy, it is not too intellectual, and ignorance is not bliss. In fact, willful ignorance of doctrine is sin (2 Peter 3:5a, 8a).
For this they (i.e. the scoffers) willingly are ignorant of… But, beloved, be not ignorant – 2 Peter 3:5a, 8a
Willingly ignorant means that these individuals have no desire to learn God’s truth. If you have no desire to learn God’s truth, then are you really a disciple? If you are not a disciple are you even saved?
© Rev. Gregory G. Capel, Jr. – 2016