Rev. Shirley J. Cunningham

Nov 9th, 2010  Added to on December 5th, 2011 at the bottom concerning ministers.

  Do you know sound doctrine?  Should you know sound doctrine? 


 1.  A particular principle, position, or policy taught or advocated, as of a religion or government:  Catholic doctrines; the Monroe Doctrine.   2.  Something that is taught; teaching collectively: religious doctrine.

1.        A body or system of teachings relating to a particular subject:  such as the doctrine of a particular church.


2.        Noun  a creed or body of teachings of a religious, political, or philosophical group presented for acceptance or belief; dogma   2.   A principle or body of principles that is taught or advocated. 


I have never had anyone ask me what my doctrine was when they were accepting Christ into their lives.  They just had eyes for Jesus at that time.  Have You had anyone ask you that when leading them to the Lord?  When He is present, He does the necessary spiritual work.   


Deuteronomy 32

 1.  Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth.

2.   My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass:

 3.  Because I will publish the name of the Lord: ascribe ye greatness unto our God.

 4.  He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.


Proverbs 4

 1.  Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.

 2.  For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law.

 3.  For I was my father's son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother.

 4.  He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.

 5.  Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.

 6.  Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee.

 7.  Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding


Isaiah 28

9.  Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.

10.  For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:

 11.  For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.

 12.  To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.


Did Jesus Die Spiritually? 



I have opened this subject up in order to bring unity and understanding into our midst.  There has been much accusation against other ministries doctrines.  I do not know if ours has been included in any accusations or not.  It really does not matter.  Most people do not really know what they believe or what their church believes.  This gives the devil a free run and he has a field day with it trying to destroy churches and ministers. The Lord expects us to be responsible preachers, but still he is able to get his children into a right place with him, if we use His doctrine of love and compassion and prayer.   As we know and understand our beliefs; then we will know if we are working on the same things, the same way and for the same purposes.  I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me and without him I can do nothing.    


I am not called to judge whose doctrine is right or wrong.    I decided to look into the Word of God and saw that there was a lot of information concerning doctrine that should be considered.  I have not listed all, but some scriptures for your help in getting started.   The scripture themselves will lead you into SOUND doctrine.   In other words it will give you a stable foundation that the Lord will bless.  So every ministry must find out what the Lord has called them to be and to do and put sound doctrine in place to accomplish it.  

I do not think we need to condemn a ministry that is different from ours because their doctrine is different.  Does all of our doctrine have to be correct?  Yes, it should, but probably is not.   In fact I really doubt that there is anyone person or organization that is so like God that it is all just perfectly correct.  Sounds nice, but it also sounds a bit self-righteous and prideful to think such a thing.  Yes, we should strive for perfection, but Jesus was the only perfect one.  Yes, we can have the mind of God, but that does not mean we have all of His mind.  You see we are still growing and learning.  At least if you are a living being you ought to be, and this is why I do not want to put any ministry down that is winning souls to Christ, feeding the hungry, visiting the prisoners  and the widows,  healing the sick and teaching people how to live more like Christ.  It all starts at the cross of Christ and the blood that He shed for us, but as I said it starts there, it does not end there.  We have so much to learn and so much to grow into. 


OK  Here is what got me started on this.  Subject came up, “Did Jesus die spiritually?”    Well, I do not believe he did, but I also do not believe that he will send people to hell that have great ministries and doing His work out of a sincere heart when they are leading souls to Him because of their doctrine. When a person accepts Christ and He comes into their lives, He saves them.  Not a doctrine of some ministry.  It is Christ Himself by the Holy Spirit.  I have sat under the teaching of many ministries.  I studied with Rhema many years ago and I was never taught that Jesus died spiritually.   It really does not make sense to me to adhere to that teaching.  Jesus is life, and was with the Father in the beginning and only died in His physical body. Eph 4:8.  Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.  9.  (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?  10.  He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)  You see death could not even hold his physical body as he appeared to many while walking on earth before His ascension.  He arose and it took life to rise.  He is alive and always has been.  Now if someone wants to believe that He died spiritually, I don’t see how an error in their doctrine, can send them to hell if they asked Jesus to save them, come into their life and have served him out of a right heart.  It is the rejection of Jesus Christ that sends a person to hell.  


I guess there are a lot of faith ministries that believe Jesus died spiritually, but I have learned a lot about Faith and the fruits of the Spirit and the Holy Spirit through them.  Many times I have turned them on the TV and the Lord convicted me to shape something up in my life and act better.  That sure helps you to become more like Jesus when you do that.  The religious crowd doesn’t seem to get into that so much.   I am so glad for the teachers and preachers and singers that the Lord has allowed me to come in contact with.  I sure do not want to judge any one of them as to doctrine or the letter of the law.  I do want to judge them on how they love and how they go into all the world and preach the Gospel and how they win souls and how they are dedicated to do work of the Lord.  Well that kind of judging is just for me and helps me know who I can trust to help me in my Christian  growth.  I have been preaching the Gospel for about 30 years now and I still love Jesus and still want to learn and still want to see the body of Christ get along with itself.    When you are judging someone else, it keeps the finger off of you, or so you think.  Go ahead and you and God work on you and let God work on the others. 

 I do understand that there is much deception in these last days, but let us keep our mouth off of the Christian that is working for the Lord and let Him take care of any immaturity that they may be caught in.  LIFT UP THE NAME OF JESUS AND HE WILL DRAW ALL MEN UNTO HIMSELF.

Ministries that I like to listen to.

Born Again anointed people of God.  Teaching the Word and preferably the KJV of the Bible.      Wining souls to Christ.  Lifting up the name of Jesus.   Giving the Glory to the Lord.   Building up the body of Christ instead of tearing it down.   Not being bound in religious talk and critical spirits.  Believe in Healing and deliverance and prosperity.  Have goodness and joy before them.  Well that is some of the things that I know pleases our Lord.  Are you pleasing him???  I guess that is the main question for now. You will have to answer that for yourself. 

MY Favorites:   Marylyn Hickey,  Jimmy Swaggart,  Creflow Dollar,  Joyce Myers,  Kenneth Hagan,  Joel Osteen, Janzen Franklin, Billy Graham,, ("CAUTION"  as  Many Faith teachers  have much good faith teaching, some also believe they are a God.  I heard one of them say that and even expounded on it, so therefore I would admonish you to be cautious in listening to some of the faith teachers and or other religions that promote that they are God's.    We have God in the person of Jesus that lives inside of us by His spirit.  That does not make us Gods.  Do not take any of the scriptures out of context.  Pray and allow the Lord to lead you and he will show you.  He allowed me to hear some of the Faith preachers make some statements that do not agree with the Word.  I have asked him as I feel that we never know enough to stop seeding His Truth and His Word.  We can always learn and grow.  I know if you have read this far in this article, that you will keep on and may the Lord Bless You.  Also I would admonish you to be careful that you do not become a judge of other ministries.  Most have a heart after the truth and the Lord will grow them into it.  Just pray for the ones that get off the Word.  God Bless You. REMEMBER - NO ONE HAS ALL THE TRUTH EXCEPT THE HEAVENLY FATHER.



 1.  A particular principle, position, or policy taught or advocated, as of a religion or government:  Catholic doctrines; the Monroe Doctrine.

 2.  Something that is taught; teaching collectively: religious doctrine.

                A body or system of teachings relating to a particular subject:  such as the doctrine of a particular church.

1.         Noun  a creed or body of teachings of a religious, political, or philosophical group presented for acceptance or belief; dogma   2.   A principle or body of principles that is taught or advocated.