2 Corinthians 1:12 For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward.


The troubles and trials of life cannot stop the joy of the Lord from strengthening us. Any and every Christian can have the joy of the Lord because it comes from the fruit of our born again spirit within us (Galatians 5:22), Jesus has already overcome the world (John 16:33) and we are a part of the Kingdom full of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost (Romans 14:17).


The only thing that can cut the flow of joy is a guilty conscience. Paul said in 2 Corinthians 1:12 our rejoicing is also connected to the testimony of our conscience which is a part of a lifestyle governed by the grace of God. Sin always sets up an inner conflict in a believer. When we sin, God’s Law, written in our hearts (Hebrews 10:16), is designed to resonate or ring like an alarm bell in our conscience. This lets us know something is wrong and needs attention. We are supposed to be bothered, feel guilty feelings, and lose our sense of confidence before God. Certain truths in the word of His grace will reprove, tell of a fault, or admonish a person to repent. This is called conviction and it is good guilt, not condemnation which gives impending doom, irreversible punishment, and no hope of forgiveness. The testimony (witness) of our conscience should be good (Acts 23:1) and void of offence (Acts 24:16) which gives cause for rejoicing.


What we have going on in some circles in the Body of Christ is a “No Bad Feeling Grace Message.” People are still sinning but have been told through teaching in the name of grace or by implication that we should never feel bad because we are forgiven at Calvary. They are being seduced to think that any bad feelings, “that’s condemnation,” so the teacher must have a condemning spirit, or that they are legalistic. True Biblical teachers are accused of putting people under the Law if anything they say causes any degree of bad feelings. True, we are forgiven of all past sin when we receive Jesus for the remission (dismissal) of our sins but what about current sinning after salvation? We can still sin after salvation and our conscience once properly informed by the Word of God will make us feel guilt. We have to confess that sin and receive forgiveness which restores our consciousness of being right with God.


All the New Testament is the word of His grace (Acts 20:32). The word of his grace itself in 2 Corinthians 1:12 connects a lifestyle by the grace of God with the testimony of our conscience being a cause of rejoicing. We can’t say, “Don’t make me feel bad, that’s condemnation,” to cover up the conviction of our conscience. When we sin it is supposed to convict us when it is informed by the knowledge of the word of His grace. Those that teach or imply otherwise are leading others to defile and sear their own conscience which also gives place to the devil.


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law standards and legalism

There is a word that is commonly used in Christian circles and that is the word “legalism.” Because it’s not a specific Biblical word but a concept the Word describes people often understand it to mean different things and there’s much confusion about what is legalism. It is seldom defined but often talked about. In the Bible legalism defines the concept of adding anything of man’s works to merit salvation or to be justified in God’s sight (Acts 15:1-10; Romans 3:20, 28; Galatians 2:16; 5:4). Salvation by grace through faith never mixes with salvation by works (Romans 11:6). It’s the false idea that divine blessing is given on the basis of human works.
Aside from what the Bible defines as legalism, to know what something is it is often helpful to see what it isn’t.


The fact that there are regulations in the Mosaic Law or under the Law of Christ is not legalism. If the Law is legalism God would be guilty of causing legalism because He gave the Law to Moses. Legalism is the attitude directed toward a law, code, rule, or principle of conduct. It deals with the “why” (or motive) behind the conduct.


Requirements, standards or having to do something is not legalism but the wrong attitude or motive toward it. If standards and requirements are legalism God would be guilty of causing legalism because He put standards and requirements in the O.T. and N.T. Any strict adherence to a standard for the purpose of exalting oneself and judging others would be a legalistic attitude. That is not the same as desiring to walk circumspectly in order to please God because you love Him. Some mistakenly view any standard, rule, or principle that calls for an obedient response legalism even if the truth or Scripture is found in the New Testament word of His grace. This is a lawless attitude and very dangerous.


Regularity is not legalism (neither is spontaneity always spirituality). If regularity is legalism then anyone eating three meals a day every day would be a legalist. A wrong attitude toward regular or irregular things can be a legalism. Anything regular can become legalistic if the reason or motive for doing it is wrong. The improper motive would be doing it to gain merit and to exalt oneself rather than to respond to what God’s done and glorifying Him.

Some wrongly judge legalism by anything that is a law, a standard, a requirement, or regular. The New Testament has laws, standards, and requirements even “under grace” that are not legalism and to reject these is to turn grace into lawlessness. We are not to establish human laws, standards, and requirements as righteousness for the purpose of exalting ourselves if we keep them and to judge others by them.

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Is The Everything in moderation


I grew up in a family of Italian heritage and my grandfathers were wine makers. I grew up under the “Everything in moderation is OK philosophy” but ended up crossing that line frequently. Practicing moderation in drinking was not a sufficient precaution against the dangers in alcohol. My experience was that every time I turned to alcohol for the thrill to my senses, joy, or feeling it gave I was training my mind to go to a substance or something other than God. It then lead me to having to do more and more to acquire the same feeling because tolerance to alcohol demands an increase in the amount ingested to maintain the desired effect. I am happy to report that the sanctifying power in the Word of God (John 17:17) alone was enough to deliver me from the bondage to alcohol.


I’d like you to know from the outset that it will be fairly obvious where I personally have chosen to stand on the issue of alcohol but I realize people will differ. We cannot bind others to our conscience that gives each of us the convictions we have but did you ever think a person’s conscience could lack knowledge or be uninformed? This is not a pet peeve of mine nor a soap box sermon issue I trumpet every chance I get but I’ve seen more Christians caught up in drinking and getting drunk in the last 5 years or so than in the last 30 years of ministry combined. Honestly, it is obvious that the drinking in moderation philosophy has not restrained them. I believe as Romans 14:17-19 says “The kingdom of God is not meat and drink but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. 18 For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men. 19 Let us follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith we may edify another.”


Addiction means dependence and there are two ways a person can be dependent on alcohol: they may begin by having a psychological dependence and later develop a physical dependence in addition. Alcohol addiction has three components: intoxication, regular use and dependence. With alcohol addiction the central problem is the desire or craving to use it. If you are a drinker I ask can you celebrate holidays or events without it or do you fear the prospect of stopping the drinking behavior? Do you have difficulty imagining the holiday or event without alcohol? If you do, you might be addicted. The truth of the matter is that our flesh always capitalizes on the yieldedness to the little and uses it as a lever to open the door to more yieldedness as Romans 6:19 says, “I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.” First Corinthians 6:12 says, “All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.” Something might be lawful but is it profitable or advantageous? Some things can be a power over us, ruling us, like an addiction. Some things shouldn’t be judged just by, “It’s not that bad,” but by “What good is it?”


Jesus said wisdom is justified of her children or the wisdom of something is proven true or right by its offspring, its fruit, or what it produces (Luke 7:35). Every Christian needs to check out the statistics of damaging incidents involving alcohol that reveal the dangers and evaluate the children/offspring/fruit of alcoholic intoxication. Is there any wisdom influencing your conviction or view?


# 1 killer of people under age 25
the #3 killer in America for all ages
70% of all murders
66% of fatal auto accidents
60% of sex crimes on children
56% of fights and assaults in homes
55% of all arrests
53% of fire deaths
50% of all rapes
50% of traffic accidents killing 25,000 and injuring 1,000,000 a year
50% of skiing accidents
45% of drowning accidents
41% of all assaults
37% of all suicides
36% of pedestrian accidents
22% of home accidents


I personally do not want to participate in something that has contributed to the destruction of so many lives.  Ephesians 5:11-12 says, “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. 12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.”

Parents who drink need to be cautioned and know their behavior is what draws the line in the conscience of their children of what is acceptable vs. what is sinful.  52% of today’s alcoholics had alcoholic parents. Know for sure that whatever a parent allows even in moderation their child will likely do in excess. Do you ever think of the potential harm to your son’s or daughter’s thinking? There is no way to drink even in moderation without encouraging others to drink by the example that is seen and even if a person avoids drunkenness and serious harm to his own body he must come to terms with the effects of his drinking upon other people (Romans 14:13).


I’ve often heard the argument that alcohol is physically harmless up to a point and that there is a point of consumption known as pleasure zone. In this pleasure zone, the positive effects exceed the negative at concentrations typically between .030–0.059% blood alcohol content, but the contrary becomes true at higher volumes (0.08% and above). If alcoholic beverages are in and of themselves wholesome and physically harmless and the only issue is just about over indulging why do we recommend pregnant women not to drink and that alcohol shouldn’t be given to infants? Does the pleasure zone not apply to them?

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Is Your Liberty a cloak for evil


1 Peter 2:16

As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God KJV.

Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bondslaves of God NASB.

[Live] as free people, [yet] without employing your freedom as a pretext for wickedness; but [live at all times]

as servants of God AMPLIFIED BIBLE.


In Christ Jesus we have liberty and that liberty is not freedom to sin but freedom to serve Galatians 5:13. We cannot violate the Word of God and claim liberty where the Word of God clearly states a truth or principle. We do not have liberty to disobey God or to indulge the lusts of our flesh. Even where there are no direct commands for or against a certain practice we still must use other Biblical principles in developing our convictions about it. A person’s practice of a liberty would also never give the appearance of evil or be inconsistent with the character of God.


Areas of direct command are those areas that the Scriptures clearly speak to or address. Scriptures usually address these topics with numerous verses or principles that are easily understood. They are clear and repeated in Scripture. Areas of liberty are issues that there is no clear command, verse, or principle for or against. They are usually areas of minor importance. They have no bearing on influencing a person’s eternal salvation.


            My personal experiences with those who say it is their conviction that they are allowed to drink as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone, is that they rarely ever look at the verses against both drinking and drunkenness (see the list at end of article) in forming their conviction and ONLY quote the ones that appear on the surface to favor their view.  They never develop their conviction from the whole counsel of God’s Word but only from their favorite proof texts.  They also ignore most of the admonitions of Romans 14 that deals with what to do when we differ on debatable issues.  Romans 14 teaches us to learn to distinguish between matters of direct command in Scripture vs. areas of freedom, on debatable issues to develop our own convictions to ourselves before God, and to allow our brother the freedom to determine his own convictions on debatable issues even when they differ from our own. It also teaches that on debatable issues, to let our liberty be limited, when necessary, by love.


I lost a large group of young members and future leaders in our church who believed the alcohol for Christians issue was only about allowable drinking versus drunkenness. Their view was they could drink as long as they didn’t get drunk but it turned into drinking publicly with no regard for any other truth on the subject, no regard for limiting their liberty by love for their brother, and drunkenness. Their flesh capitalized on their yieldedness to open the door for sin and crossing the line into drunkenness. Most went shipwreck and are no longer serving the Lord.




1 Corinthians 6:12 says, “All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient (advantageous; profitable): all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.”


Have you ever honestly asked yourself if alcohol has and is a power over you? Have you ever examined why you feel you have to have it? Is it really profitable (not how bad is it, but what good is it)?


1 Corinthians 8:9 says, “But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to them that are weak. 10 For if any man see thee which hast knowledge sit at meat in the idol’s temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols; 11 And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died? 12 But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ.


Have you ever had any thought of your weaker brother? Would it cause a weaker brother to stumble?


1 Corinthians 10:29-33 says, “Conscience, I say, not thine own, but of the other: for why is my liberty judged of another man’s conscience? 30 For if I by grace be a partaker, why am I evil spoken of for that for which I give thanks? 31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. 32 Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God: 33 Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.” Is it worth imitating and will it bring glory to God?


Is there any thought that it might give offence to someone? Is it self serving or is there consideration to how it may profit others or add to the salvation of the lost?




Genesis 9:20 And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard: 21 And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.

(If you are familiar with one of the principles of Bible interpretation called the law of first mention it might interest you to know that this is the first mention of drinking and drunkenness and it is a negative one).


Leviticus 10:9 Do not drink wine or strong drink, you or your sons, when you go into the Tent of Meeting, lest you die; it shall be a statute forever in all your generations.


Numbers 6:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When either man or woman shall separate themselves to vow a vow of a Nazarite, to separate themselves unto the Lord: 3 He shall separate himself from wine and strong drink, and shall drink no vinegar of wine, or vinegar of strong drink, neither shall he drink any liquor of grapes, nor eat moist grapes, or dried.


Deuteronomy 29:5 And I have led you forty years in the wilderness: your clothes are not waxen old upon you, and thy shoe is not waxen old upon thy foot. 6 Ye have not eaten bread, neither have ye drunk wine or strong drink: that ye might know that I am the Lord your God.


Proverbs 20:1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.

(It doesn’t say drinking is a mocker or drunkenness it says wine is a mocker)


Proverbs 23:20 Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh: 21 For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.


Proverbs 23:29 Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes? 30 They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine. 31 Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright (this is fermented wine that we are being told not to look upon). 32 At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder. 33 Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things. 34 Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast. 35 They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.


Proverbs 31:4 It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink: 5 Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted.


Isaiah 5:22 Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink:


Isaiah 28:7 But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment. 8 For all tables are full of vomit and filthiness, so that there is no place clean.


Habakkuk 2:15 Woe unto him that giveth his neighbour drink, that puttest thy bottle to him, and makest him drunken also, that thou mayest look on their nakedness!


Romans 13:13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.


Romans 14:21 It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.


Ephesians 5:18 And be not drunken with wine, wherein is riot, but be filled with the Spirit;


1 Thessalonians 5:6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober (nepho-abstain from wine; it is the opposite of intoxication and “every form of fuzziness”). 7 For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. 8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.


Have you really developed your convictions on Biblical principles and honestly considered these things?



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1 Corinthians 4:2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.


Faithfulness is the first thing God requires, seeks out, or looks to find in those He entrusts with the Gospel, responsibility, and any level of authority. Faithfulness is not optional in our relationship to God any more than it is in human relationships where one act of infidelity can ruin years of earned trustworthiness. If a husband says to his wife, “but I’ve been faithful 75% of the time,” would any wife be satisfied with that?  Parents who have young children who depend on a school bus to take them to school aren’t very tolerant or understanding if the bus only shows up three out of the five days of the week. They expect more from the school system. If our refrigerator quit a day now and then, we wouldn’t excuse it and say, “Oh it works most of the time?” We hold to a higher expectation.


The Word of God calls faithfulness a requirement. The Scripture in 1 Corinthians 4:2 adds the thought of being found faithful implying that someone is observing and looking at your track record. I love the USMC motto “Semper Fi (Fidelis),” always faithful and that’s what God expects of us. It is not an unreasonable requirement or expectation. Yes, we have liberty in Jesus. Yes, there are reasons to miss an assignment, church, adjust schedules, take time off, go on vacations, and times it would be wisdom to stay home. It is amazing, though, how intolerant people become and how unreasonable they think it is for God to have any expectation of them yet they hold to a high standard of expectation of God and of others toward them. I do believe some people have a double standard.


I do not think a man’s standard of what is faithful can be imposed but I think the target, goal, example we should shoot for is God’s faithfulness.  Let God be the standard of what we define as faithful.  Here are some verses on the faithfulness of God as an example to follow:

Deuteronomy 7:9 Know therefore that the Lord thy God, he is God, the FAITHFUL God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;


Numbers 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? OR HATH HE SPOKEN AND SHALL HE NOT MAKE IT GOOD?


1 Kings 8:56 Blessed be the Lord, that hath given rest unto his people Israel, according to all that he promised: THERE HATH NOT FAILED ONE WORD OF ALL HIS GOOD PROMISE, which he promised by the hand of Moses his servant.


Psalm 89:33 Nevertheless my lovingkindness will I not utterly take from him, nor suffer my FAITHFULNESS to fail.34 MY COVENANT WILL I NOT BREAK, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.


Psalm 119:89 For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven.90 Thy FAITHFULNESS is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth.


Isaiah 46:10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure: 11 Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a far country: yea, I HAVE SPOKEN IT, I WILL ALSO BRING IT TO PASS; I have purposed it, I will also do it.


Isaiah 55:11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: IT SHALL NOT RETURN UNTO ME VOID, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.


Jeremiah 1:12 Then said the Lord unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I WILL HASTEN MY WORD TO PERFORM IT.


1 Corinthians 1:9 God is FAITHFUL, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.


1 Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is FAITHFUL, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.


1 Thessalonians 5:24 FAITHFUL is he that calleth you, who also will do it.


2 Thessalonians 3:3 But the Lord is FAITHFUL, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.


Titus 1:2 In hope of eternal life, which GOD, THAT CANNOT LIE, promised before the world began;


Heb 2:17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and FAITHFUL high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.


Hebrews 6:17 Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability (unchangeableness) of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: 18 That by two immutable things, in which IT WAS IMPOSSIBLE FOR GOD TO LIE, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:


Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is FAITHFUL that promised).


1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is FAITHFUL and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.


Revelation 19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called FAITHFUL and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.


Revelation 21:5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and FAITHFUL.

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What Are You Hearing?

2 Timothy 4:2 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 Tim. 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. 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.
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:
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 2 Timothy 4:1.

3. 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).

4. SOUND DOCTRINE includes reproof, rebuke, and exhortation 2 Timothy 4:2.

5. SOUND DOCTRINE has elements of truth in it you may have to endure, bear up under and tolerate 2 Timothy 4:3.

6. SOUND DOCTRINE is provable from the Scriptures 2 Tim. 3:14-17 so we can continue in what we’ve learned.
If you are going to a church and you never hear teachings that include these things you may not be getting sound doctrine.

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2 Timothy 4:2 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 tells his son in the faith Timothy of a time that would come when people would not endure, sit under, or bear up under sound doctrine. He had just told Timothy in chapter 3 that “In the Last Days perilous times would come for men shall be… ,” and then lists their bad behaviors or character traits 2 Timothy 3:1-5. The time period he speaks of here in chapter four is the same Last Days.
 Why would there be such an aversion to sound doctrine? Aside from preachers not holding fast to sound doctrine in their preaching, one reason is that since sound doctrine is the foundation and marching orders for all godly conduct (1 Timothy 6:3), sound doctrine must be hated by those who are unwilling to change their conduct. Doctrine is foundational to how we view ourselves and the world we live in (or our world view).
DOCTRINE is the source of our CONVICTIONS (Beliefs) 

CONVICTIONS (Beliefs) are the foundation of our WORLDVIEW  

WORLDVIEW influences our Behavior (How We Live) 
We need to attend to sound doctrine (1 Timothy 4:16) for DOCTRINE is the first thing that is mentioned that the WORD of GOD is profitable for:
2 Timothy 3:16 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.

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