Which came first? (Not the chicken/egg question) A. Does bad doctrine lead to bad conduct/desires? or B. Does bad conduct/desires lead to bad doctrine? I believe that "B" is most often the case. People desire to sin (hey, it's in our nature) and they find a level of doctrine that will justify, allow, condone that sin. Example: I am tired of my wife. I'd like to sleep around. So I find a theological position allowing divorce and eliminating "pornea" as an issue. And continue pastoring . . One of my mentors in the early 1980's was Dr. Don Howard, founder of ACE Christian schools. But he started drifting more and more into a charismatic position. Wondered why the change in doctrine. Found that they were much more lax in fidelity, marriage, money, etc (see discussion on Bob Tilden, Oral Roberts, Jimmy Swaggart, Jim Bakker, Benny Hinn, Peter Popov). HE desired to go that direction and so slowly shifted doctrine to be able to live with it. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.