of Sound Doctrine
What difference does it
Does it matter what one
believes, so long as he is sincere?
But we ought always to
thank God for you, brothers loved by the Lord,
because from the beginning God chose you to be
saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit
and through belief in the truth. 2
Note Doctrine affects
the life. Truth leads to life and God;
error, to death and destruction. No one would
think of staying it matters not what god
one worships, so long as he is sincere, any more
than he would think of saying it matters not what
one eats or drinks, so long as he relishes
what he eats and drinks; or what road he
travels, so long as he thinks he is on the
right road. Sincerity is a virtue; but it is not
the test of sound doctrine. God wills that we
shall know the truth, and He has made
provision whereby we may know what is truth.
Did Joshua think it
immaterial what god Israel served?
But if serving the
Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for
yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the
gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or
the gods of the Amorites, in whose
land we are living. But as for me and my
household, we will serve the Lord.
Note The influence of
all idolatrous worship is degrading. (See Romans
1:21-32; Numbers 15; 1 Corinthians 10:20; 1 John
What advice was given to
Timothy while preparing for the gospel ministry?
Until I come, devote
yourself to the public reading of the Scripture,
to preaching and teaching. Do not neglect your
gift, which was given you through a prophetic
message when the body of elders laid their hands
on you. Be diligent in these matters; give
yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see
your progress. Watch your life and doctrine
closely. Preserve in them, because if you do, you
will save both yourself and your hearers. 1
What solemn charge was
given him concerning his public work?
In the presence of God
and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living
and the dead, and in view of his appearing and
his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach
the Word; be prepared in season and out of
season; correct, rebuke and encourage with
great patience and careful instruction.
2 Timothy 4:1, 2.
What similar instruction was
given to Titus?
You must teach what is
in accord with sound doctrine. In
everything set them an example by doing what is
good. In your teaching show integrity,
seriousness and soundness of speech
that cannot be condemned so that oppose you may
be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say
about us. Titus 2, 1, 7,8.
Warning Against False
Of what kind of doctrines
should we beware?
Then we will no longer
be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves,
and blown here and there by every wind of
teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of
men in their deceitful scheming. Ephesians
4:14. (See also Hebrews 13:9.)
What is a wind of
The prophets are but
wind and the word is not in them; so let
what they say be done with them. Jeremiah
Note Calling a
doctrine a wind of doctrine does not make it
such. That is a wind of doctrine that is not
sustained by the Word of God.
What danger attends the
teaching of false doctrines?
Who have wondered away
from the truth. They say the resurrection has
already taken place, and they destroy the
faith of some. 2 Timothy 2:18.
What kind of worship results
from false teaching?
worship me in vain, their teachings
are but rules taught by men.
By what doctrines
are some to be misled in the last days?
The Spirit clearly
says that in later times some will abandon the
faith and follow deceiving spirits and things
taught by demons. 1 Timothy 4:1. (See 2
To what would men turn
For the time will
come when men will not put up with sound doctrine.
Instead, to suit their own desires, they will
gather around them a great number of teachers to
say what their itching ears want to hear. They
will turn their ears away from the truth and turn
aside to myths. 2 Timothy 4:3,4.
The Test of True and False
How may we determine the
truthfulness of any doctrine?
Test everything. Hold
on to the good. 1 Thessalonians 5:21.
Note The Bible is the
test of all doctrine. Whatever does not harmonize
and square with this, is not to be received.
There is but one standard of the
everlasting right and the everlasting wrong, and
that is the Bible. T.De Witt Talmage.
For what is all Scripture
All scripture is God
breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking,
correcting, and training in righteousness,
so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped
for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16.
What will sound doctrine
enable the faithful teacher to do?
He must hold firmly to
the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so
that he can encourage others by sound doctrine
and refute those who oppose it. Titus
Our Personal Attitude Toward
Who are the disciples of
Jesus, and what gracious work does the truth do
for those who receive it?
To the Jews who had believed
on him, Jesus said, If you hold to my
teaching, you are really my disciples.
Then you will know the truth, and the
truth will set you free.
Through what are they to be
Sanctify them by the
truth; your word is truth. John
Can we close our ears to truth
and remain innocent before God?
If anyone turns a deaf
ear to the law, even his prayers are
detestable. Proverbs 28:9.
What did Christ say of those
who will do Gods will?
If anyone chooses
to do Gods will, he will find out whether
my teaching comes from God
or whether I speak on my own. John 7:17.
He guides the humble in what is
right and teaches them his way.
Results of our Choice
What will God allow to
come to those who reject the truth?
And in every sort of
evil that deceives those who are perishing. They
perish because they refused to love the truth and
so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful
delusion so that they will believe the
lie and so that all will be condemned who
have not believed the truth but have delighted in
wickedness. 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12.
What fate awaits blind
teachers and their followers?
Leave them; they
are blind guides. If a blind man leads a blind
man, both will fall into
a pit. Matthew 15:14.
To whom will the gates of the
heavenly city finally be opened?
Blessed are those
who wash their robes, that they may
have the right to the tree of life and may go
through the gates of the city. Revelation
22:14. (See also Isaiah 26:2.)