Thursday, February 23, 2017

What Are Sound Doctrines? (SD01)

Tit 1:9  holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict.

The last sermon of Jesus is now completed and since we are living in the last days, our Lord warned us of deceptions with heresies. Since everyone is claiming that they are teaching the truth and condemn the others as heretic, we will not be able to distinguish heresies from truth if we do not know sound doctrines.

2Pet 2:1-2  But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed.

1Tim 6:3-6  If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness, he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself.

Most of the doctrines of men and heresies come from the disputes and arguments over words (esp. using Hebrew and Greek to justify) but without taking into accounts God's attributes, will, sayings, teachings, promises, covenants, words, etc.

Mat 24:4-5  And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many."

Our Lord Jesus warned us to beware of deceptions for many will be deceived and this will lead many Christians to apostate.

2Thess 2:1,3  Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him...Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition,

John 7:16-17  Jesus answered them and said, “My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me. If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority."

Sound doctrines are doctrines of God and these are the words which God has commanded our Lord Jesus to speak to us.

John 12:49-50  "For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak. And I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak.”

The words of our Lord Jesus Christ which are from God are sound doctrines. So any doctrine that contradicts His attributes, words, teachings, etc. is wrong doctrine and possibly heresy.

2Tim 4:1-4  I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.

We are to preach His words, which are sound doctrines.

Mat 15:8-9  "'These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’"

Brethren, please keep out all teachings, commandments or doctrines of men from books, teachings, videos, etc. as we try to find the sound doctrine of each topic together by studying the scriptures from the bible only. With our submission to the Spirit of truth or Helper, He will guide us into all truth so that we will be able to avoid heresies by following, teaching and preaching sound doctrines.