Oswald Chambers on Doctrinal Opinions

“Always keep your life measured by the standards of Jesus. Bow your neck to His yoke alone, and to no other yoke whatever; and be careful to see that you never bind a yoke on others that is not placed by Jesus Christ.

“It takes God a long time to get us out of the way of thinking that unless everyone sees as we do, they must be wrong.

“Don’t get impatient, remember how God dealt with you – with patience and with gentleness; but never water down the truth of God.

“Let it have its way and never apologize for it. Jesus said, “Go and make disciples,” not “make converts to your opinions.”

4 thoughts on “Oswald Chambers on Doctrinal Opinions”

  1. This reminds me of what I found so frustrating about Oswald Chambers.

    We are supposed to make a difference between what is truth, and what we think is truth. Anyone ever tried to do that? How do you do it?

    I don’t think there is any way, except to pray to God that He will guide you into all truth, be ready to sacrifice whatever for Christ, and do the work that lies nearest. If we steadfastly pursue the one object of being made in Christ’s image, then He can show us along the way where we are not right.

    Eventually doctrine works itself out in practice, and when sin arises, then there could very well be an error in doctrine, or perhaps an error in how we interpret a doctrine.

    Also, the disposition to hurt or destroy those who do not agree with us, or to overwhelm them with argument, is never from Christ. That’s a sure sign of human opinion.

    True doctrine makes us humble; false doctrine makes us proud and argumentative, because it appeals to the flesh.

  2. I hear ya. Separating truth from opinion isn’t easy. Would I knowingly acknowledge something as truth and yet not hold it as an opinion? That would be dumb. But I also know my opinions can’t all be right. I think humility is the key and I think that was his point.

  3. Hi Jeff,

    Your quote made me think of another one by James Orr that I ran across some time ago. It isn’t exactly in the same vein as your Oswald Chambers quote but I think you will like it anyway.

    “If we think about the truths of God’s revelation at all, we CANNOT get rid of doctrine and theology, and it is a vain pretence of anyone to boast that he does. In public life one is familiar with the ‘non-politica’l candidate. But what one generally soon discovers is, that the difference between this kind of candidate and his neighbours is not that he has no politics, but that they are confused and bad politics. Similarly, when people go about boasting that they have no theology, what is commonly found out about them is not that they have no theology, but that they have a spurious or bad theology – a theology concocted from incoherent elements gathered in from all directions, with often a very scant use of the Bible.”

    ‘Side-lights on Christian Doctrine’ (London, Marshall Brothers Ltd., 1909) P. 7


  4. Excellent! Perhaps the best place to be theologically is to be convinced yet willing to learn. Too much certainty leads to pride and being wrong. Not enough certainty leads to pride and being wrong. I like to be right yet humble enough to know I might have more to learn!

    Which probably sounds proud.

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