Importance of Sound Doctrine

Does it make any difference what a man believes, if he is only sincere? "God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth." 2 Thess. 2:13 (Joshua 24:14).

How may we determine the truthfulness of any doctrine? "Prove all things," hold fast that which is good." 1 Thess. 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." Eph. 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." 2 Tim. 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." 1 Tim. 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 long suffering and doctrine." 2 Tim. 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 Tim. 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 doctrine." "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 Tim. 2:18.

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