Summary: Doubt is sin...and yet so many who name the name of Christ are controlled by their doubts.
It is possible to have legitimate questions and concerns
about persons, propositions, or teachings.
A. What is the difference between these questions and
doubt?...none...they are the same thing.
1. It is healthy...even desirous (in some cases) to
a. We are actually admonished to question
I John 4:1 - 1Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test
the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false
prophets have gone out into the world.
** We question these “spirits”, because we are unsure of
their validity...in other words, we doubt until that doubt
can be removed.
b. The Apostle Paul had his doubts about a
whole congregation...or so he writes in
Gal. 4:20 - 20I would like to be present with you now and
to change my tone; for I have doubts about you.
c. The Bereans questioned everything and
checked teachings out with the Word of
1.) They were commended for it...as a
matter of fact.
Acts 17:11 - 11These were more fair-minded than those in
Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all
readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out
whether these things were so.
We see that question (doubting) motivates us to search
further and deeper in our quest for the truth.
A. In this there is a positive aspect to questioning
the validity and veracity of people, propositions,
With rare exception, however, doubt toward God or toward
the things of God is considered a negative thing.
A. Doubt and questioning of God, is almost always
an indication of a lack of faith...a lack of belief...
the absence of trust in God or His Word.
These kinds of doubts are placed in our minds by satan.
A. Doubting God or His Word is one of the number
one destroyers of our faith and is the main cause
of Christians falling away.
1. Doubt is the enemy of faith.
2. Doubt is a cousin,...if not a brother to fear.
Because a person has doubts does not make them a wicked
A. Doubts are common.
1. Some doubt God because they cannot see
His hand working in their lives.
B. Some have been known to doubt the Church...that
is,...they doubt the belief system that they have
been taught, as a Christian.
C. A terrible problem arises when we doubt our very
1. As time goes by, we sometimes need to be
reassured of the reality of our salvation.
D. Finally...troubles, trials, and distress can bring
about real doubt about all of our spiritual
1. Doubts about ourselves,...doubts about God,...
and doubts about the promises found in His
** Doubt indicates a real need in a person’s life to feed the
soul with faith building exercises.
Many Biblical men and women questioned and doubted:
Sarah - Gen. 18:12-14
Moses - Ex. 3:11; 4:1,10
Gideon - Judges 6:13-15
Samuel - I Sam. 16:1-2
Elijah - I Kings 19:13-14
Naaman - II Kings 5:9-13
The Diciples - Matt. 16:10-11
Thomas (Didimus) - John 20:25
Peter - Acts 11:5
Annanias - Acts 9:13-14
** This is not to justify doubts, but to show their common
relationship among men.
1. Nobody is so strong that they have never had
any doubts of any kind.