2 Timothy 3:14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; 15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
2 Timothy 4:1 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; 2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 3 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; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
The Apostle Paul by the Spirit of God in writing to his son in the faith Timothy tells us that satan’s deception will enter in among the ranks of the professing Church through false doctrine. This implies that people of the Last Days will have an aversion to sound doctrine. If you are a preacher dedicated to sound doctrine this may make your job very difficult and you may be surprised at how popular false teachers will become. Doctrine simply means a teaching, a body of teachings, or that which is taught. Sound doctrine means the teaching is healthy, wholesome, correct, and accurate.
Sound doctrine leads to sound living; healthy doctrine leads to healthy living. Doctrine is the basis for all of our beliefs and beliefs are the foundation to our behavior. First Timothy 1:9, 10 gives a list of sins and then concludes with “… and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine.” That means sin is contrary to sound doctrine and sin flourishes where sound doctrine is opposed or neglected. Sound doctrine promotes righteousness and what is holy. If you are going to a church and you never hear teachings that include these things you may not be getting sound doctrine.
In contrast, sound doctrine penetrates to the spirit of a man and makes it strong and dominant. From 2 Timothy 3:14-17 and 2 Timothy 4:1-4 we can detect that:
1. SOUND DOCTRINE is from ALL Scripture or the Word of God 2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 4:2.
2. SOUND DOCTRINE mentions coming judgment and future things 4:1.
3. SOUND DOCTRINE may be in season or out of season with the way people are living 4:2 (or it may be convenient or inconvenient to hear).
4. SOUND DOCTRINE includes reproof, rebuke, and exhortation 4:2.
5. SOUND DOCTRINE has elements of truth in it you may have to endure, bear up under, sit under, and tolerate.
6. SOUND DOCTRINE is provable from the truths of Scriptures 2 Tim. 3:14-17 so we can continue in what we’ve learned.