And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
Doctrine : A belief or set of beliefs held and taught by a Church, political party, or other group.
The church of Ephesus was surrounded by groups of people with many different doctrines. This next scripture gives us some idea of the many doctrines in Ephesus.
And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified. And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds. Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men:and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver.
Like the Ephesus Church , we will hear many doctrines, carnal and religious some of them may even seem reasonable and good, but let us always be mindful of these words:
There is a way which seemeth right unto a man,
but the end thereof are the ways of death.
In the book of Matthew Jesus , in just a few words explains how people live being tossed to and fro.
Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.
In the book of first Peter we will find a God sent doctrine that will help us from being tossed to and fro.
1 Peter 2:2-3
As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
I hope I have helped you see that if you have a Pastor that tells you what the Bible says, and you read and study the Bible inspired by God, you should be a Christian unmovable and abounding in the grace of God.
My desire for you,
3 John 1:2
Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.