Importance of Sound Doctrine
Does it make any difference what a man believes, if he is only sincere? "But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth." 2 Thessalonians 2:13 (Joshua 24:14).
How may we determine the truthfulness of any doctrine? "Prove all things; hold fast that which is good." 1 Thessalonians 5:21 ( Isa. 8:20 ).
Upon what foundation should every religious tenet rest? "And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone." Ephesians 2:20 (1 Cor. 3:11 ).
What is mentioned first in the list of those things for which all Scripture is profitable? "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness." 2 Timothy 3:16.
What advice is given to Timothy while preparing for the gospel ministry? "Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine." "Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee." 1 Timothy 4:13-16 .
What remarkable charge is given him relative to his public work? "I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine." 2 Timothy 4:1-2 .
Why is this duty so imperative? "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables." 2 Timothy 4:3-4 .
How was Titus instructed to teach? And in what was he to be a pattern? "But speak thou the things which become sound doc- trine." "In all things showing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine showing uncorruptness , gravity, sincerity." Titus 2:1,7 .
What is the power of sound doctrine? "Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers." Titus 1:9.
What danger attends false teaching? "Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some." 2 Timothy 2:18.
Who are the disciples of Jesus? And what gracious work is wrought for them? "Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." John 8:31-32 .
Through what are they to be sanctified? "Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth." John 17:17.
Will God accept the homage of such as deliberately teach contrary to His will? "But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men." Matthew 15:9.
Can we close our ears to the truth, and remain innocent? "He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination." Proverbs 28:9.
What encouraging promise did our Saviour leave for those who should do the will of God? "If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself." John 7:17 (Ps. 25:9) (John 8:12 ).
What will be the fate of the spiritually blind teacher, and of those whom he presumes to teach? "Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch." Matthew 15:14.
To whom will the gates of the heavenly city be opened? "Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in." Isaiah 26:2 (Rev. 22:14).