Surveys such as those conducted by George Barna or George Gallup indicate we live in an age where increasing numbers of churchgoers have little interest in doctrine. Their focus is said to be more on experience: They seek a religion that meets personal needs, is flexible, and doesn’t require much. This phenomenon is in keeping with the Bible’s warning that in the latter times people will not be willing to sacrifice as Jesus said they must but instead will idolize personal pleasure and “not endure sound doctrine.” (II Tim. 4:3)

But again, the Bible tells us that what we believe is very important to God. The healthy, growing church at its inception “continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine.” (Acts 2:42). From their right beliefs came right attitudes and actions contrary to the flow of their culture. This is God’s work done God’s way.