People want to say it’s of little value to know more doctrine. As in, “I can do my job, love God and love people, without knowing all that stuff.”
For example, things like the doctrines of grace – often called Calvinism, Arminianism, Molinism and others. Many state these to not be particularly relevant.
To that I would simply ask: Why would I love God more because I know less about him?
“Well I’ll be able to avoid some controversies.” Perhaps you will. That could be true, and in some instances, best.
However, people can be just as likely to be prideful in their ignorance as in their knowledge. So why not seek out more?
We’ve all heard someone say, “Well I don’t get all caught up in the other stuff; I just stick to the core!”, in a less-than-humble way of saying, “I’m not like you, you rebel-rouser. I’m surely more pleasing to God because of my peace.”
In fact, I’ve known more prideful people with little theological knowledge than I have of those with great depth of doctrines. My experience has shown the depth of doctrine correlates with their humility, personal worship, and kingdom usefulness the majority of the time.
See we both have the propensity to be prideful, in anything. So if I can be just as likely to stop reading, learning, and claim to just “love” people and remain prideful, then I will choose to keep learning all I can.
And, I will feel no shame for, as humbly as my prideful self can, stating in fact that I can teach a class on the doctrines of grace… and many others.
In doing so, perhaps many others will come to love their savior all the more, because they know him more.