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.
In the Last Days, called perilous times (2 Timothy 3:1), there will be a rise of false doctrine so BEWARE. Doctrine is teaching, instruction, and that which is taught. Many Christians feel doctrine is boring, dry, and doesn’t meet their emotional needs but it is really the anchor that their emotions need because that is the realm deception always operates in. Satan’s deception, that penetrates the mind and emotions, enters through the door of false doctrine or teaching which the Bible warns us about for the Last Days. Second Corinthians 2:17 says, “For we are not as many, which corrupt (adulterate; retail; a huckster; a peddler) the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.” (A huckster is a person who sells something or serves biased interests, using pushy or showy tactics). No one has the right or authority to suggest that we can live less than what the Bible presents as the standard for right living.
This description of doctrine being sound is emphasized in the Pastoral Epistles (used nine times) and is God’s prescription for spiritually healthy saints. It should be a special concern to any Pastor. The word in the Greek is “hugiano” from “hugies” (healthy) and means to be well, healthy, wholesome, incorrupt, and safe. It is used literally of physical and mental health. Our derived words in English would be hygiene or hygienic which define the conditions or practices conducive to good health. Sound doctrine is also teaching which continually produces healthy Christian living because the verb “hugiano” is in the present tense indicating continuous action
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. Second Timothy 4:3, 4 says, “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts (desires) shall they heap to themselves (accumulate further/seek additionally) teachers, having itching ears. And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables (speech, conversation, myth, legend, untrue stories and tales).” 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:
- SOUND DOCTRINE is from ALL Scripture or the Word of God 2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 4:2.
- SOUND DOCTRINE mentions coming judgment and future things 2 Timothy 4:1.
- SOUND DOCTRINE may be in season or out of season with the way people are living 2 Timothy 4:2 (or it may be convenient or inconvenient to hear).
- SOUND DOCTRINE includes reproof, rebuke, and exhortation 2 Timothy 4:2.
- SOUND DOCTRINE has elements of truth in it you may have to endure, bear up under and tolerate 2 Timothy 4:3.
- SOUND DOCTRINE is provable from the Scriptures 2 Tim. 3:14-17 so we can continue in what we’ve learned.
Sound doctrine leads to sound 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.