Beware of Doctrine Assassins: Part 1
By: Derrick P. Rodgers

Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them. For those who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple.

—Romans 16:17, 18

Doctrine assassins are individuals who believe there is no need or importance for biblical doctrine. They are key representatives on the frontlines of any false movement. Doctrine assassins typically set out on a course to disparage the importance of doctrine and promote the activation of free spirits and unsubstantiated deep revelations. More than often, many who desire to do away with or significantly minimize, doctrine possess an anti-Bible agenda to establish some new and cutting edge false movement.

Doctrine assassins are often secretly contrary to the doctrine of Christ and the apostles, simply because they desire to serve themselves by establishing a plurality of doctrine that can apply to a wider audience. This is accomplished by their gifted abilities to communicate. Through their applications of well-crafted deception they utilize excessive flattery and make promises of breakthrough and prosperity, which seduces the hearts of the naive. This activity can evolve into insidious movements or false revivals. Nonetheless, doctrine assassins are contrary to the doctrine of Christ because there is another agenda looming within them.

If we follow the trajectory of any false movement we will discover the efforts to eliminate core biblical doctrine, which is always the linchpin to its success. Every false movement has and will employ doctrine assassins to fortify and momentumize their cause. We can determine whether or not a movement is false based on the level of sensitivity to biblical doctrine. While many false prophets will give the appearance of supporting Bible doctrine, they will eventually begin to clandestinely disperse corrupt seed to attack or pervert the Word of God.

Doctrine assassins usually have the attitude of “let us judge nothing, but accept everything on the basis of unity.” This iniquitous approach prepares the groundwork for a more in depth and sinister impartation of weird ideology and bizarre philosophy that leads to some form of full blown idol worship. Sound doctrine doesn’t allow room for deep and spooky revelations. You can always spot the spiritual loons because they perpetually attack and attempt to do away with sound biblical doctrine.