False Doctrine / Sound Doctrine – part one

Never has the body of Christ faced a time more crucial than the time at present.  The knowledge base of the world is exploding at an amazing rate.  In order that we remain relevant we must be willing and able to adapt this new found knowledge into our service to the Lord.  Unfortunately we stand opposed to change.  We find ourselves in a similar situation to the Amish.  We genuinely oppose change.  Our intentions are good.  If this opposition to change is rooted and grounded in truth then the battle is worth the effort.  If our opposition to change is rooted and grounded in  false assumption and false knowledge we stand between the message of Jesus and those who  need to hear it.

In order for us to be sure of the things we teach it is important we not go beyond what has been revealed or written.  God will not demand that we hold to  things important for salvation without defining those concepts in terms that man can readily understand.  In defining the concept of false and sound doctrine it is important that we not bring baggage to our study.  It is essential that we allow God to define the terms according to His Standard rather than man’s definition.

1st Timothy 1:3-4 says, “stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain men not to teach false doctrines any longer nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies.  These promote controversies rather than God’s work which is by faith.” Furthermore verses 8-11 state, “We know that the law is good if one uses it properly.  We also know that law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious;  for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, for adulters and perverts, for slave traders and liar and perjurers- and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine that conforms to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me.”

According to Scripture, false doctrine is that which promotes controversies rather than God’s work which is by faith  (1st Timothy 1:4, 6:3-4).  The law was not given for the righteous but for those who conduct themselves in a way that is contrary to “sound doctrine.”  According to Paul in writing to Timothy false doctrine is a lifestyle that doesn’t promote God’s work.  False doctrine promotes  a lifestyle that is made up oflawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious;  for thos who kill their fathers or mothers, for muderers, for adulterers and perverts, for slave traders and liar and perjurers- and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine that conforms to the glorious gospel of the blessed God.”

Some have defined ‘Sound Doctrine” as following the teaching of a ritualistic patternism believed to be promoted by the apostles and the first century church.  We will see in this and future studies that the terms “false doctrine and sound doctrine” are defined by Scripture as teaching that promotes either a lifestyle that  follows after or stands opposed to the walk of Jesus the Christ.

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2 Responses to False Doctrine / Sound Doctrine – part one

  1. Todd Deaver says:

    Thanks, Dell. May God help more brethren to understand this vital truth. I look forward to the rest of the series.

  2. Don Morrison says:

    Why does false teaching promote controversy? Because it contrasts with truth. Conversely, truth sometimes stirs up controversy as well (as Jesus’ teachings did and this blog sometimes does) because it finds itself in conflict with some people’s accepted norm. some of the best disciples through history have been controversial.

    I say this only because false teachers will accuse truth teachers of creating controversy while they always describe their teachings as sound doctrine.

    Blessings on you Dell

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