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Collapse IntroductionIntroduction
Let's define sound doctrine
Let's focus on sound doctrine about God
Let's focus on sound doctrine from the Bible
Let the Bible tell us how to study the Bible
What aspects of God are we interested in?
Collapse Why is finding sound doctrine difficult?Why is finding sound doctrine difficult?
Satan tries to spread lies
We like lies
Other people accept lies
All this makes truth rare
Collapse Why should we have sound doctrine?Why should we have sound doctrine?
So that we don't worship in vain
So that we don't destroy ourselves
So that we don't persecute true believers
Collapse Sound doctrine is top secretSound doctrine is top secret
Do you really have sound doctrine?
God hides sound doctrine
Why does God hide sound doctrine?
Man cannot find sound doctrine
Collapse From whom is sound doctrine hidden?From whom is sound doctrine hidden?
From the clever and intelligent
From those who don't understand God's power
From the scoffer
From the liar and deceiver
From those who suppress the truth
From the wicked
From those who don't have a good heart
From those who receive glory from men
Collapse The source and channel of sound doctrineThe source and channel of sound doctrine
Sound doctrine comes from Christ
Sound doctrine comes through the Holy Spirit
Collapse To whom is sound doctrine revealed?To whom is sound doctrine revealed?
To those who seek
To those who fear the Lord
To those who love the truth
To those who obey God
To the humble
Collapse How to test whether you have sound doctrineHow to test whether you have sound doctrine
You understand what God expects?
You know you still sin?
You are trying to stop sinning?
You are making progress in stopping sinning?
Do you love?
Are your prayers answered?
Collapse Unscriptural methods for getting sound doctrineUnscriptural methods for getting sound doctrine
Having no method
Using the historical / grammatical method
Collapse Interpret Scripture properlyInterpret Scripture properly
How did Jesus interpret Scripture?
A scriptural approach to getting sound doctrine
Collapse Parting thoughtsParting thoughts
Seek to know the Lord
Test every spirit
Estimate yourself soberly
Ask God to teach you
Make yourself the guinea pig
Study, practice, then teach
When you teach, refuse quarrels
When you teach, be gentle
When you teach, be loving
Guard what is entrusted to you

We have a natural tendency to avoid sound doctrine

2 Tm 4:3,4 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.

We saw above that in his first letter to Timothy Paul told Timothy that Satan has got his demons to go about spreading false doctrine. In Paul’s second letter to Timothy he says that many people will cooperate with Satan and will welcome such teachings (2 Tm 4:3, 4). This means that Satan will be successful in deceiving many people.

Do you think that you might be one of the people Paul was talking about when he said ‘they will not endure sound doctrine’? We tend to think that we already have sound doctrine. But do we really? Unless you have yourself checked all Scripture concerning everything you believe (and not just the Scripture shown to you) and learnt how to get sound doctrine there is a very high chance that you are deceived.

Paul says in 2 Tm 4:3, 4 that the time will come (not may come, but will come) when people will not endure sound doctrine. Our natural tendency is to discard sound doctrine instead of enduring it. It is important to realize this because otherwise we will not even recognize sound doctrine when we stumble across it. Sound doctrine does not tickle our ears. It is not often pleasant to hear because it exposes the truth about ourselves – things that we are embarrassed about, things that we would rather hide. Paul tells us that we all have the tendency to listen to those who say things that sound pleasing to us instead of those who tell us the truth.

It is easy to preach things that don’t upset the congregation but the prophets of old were never like that. They spoke the truth even though it made them unpopular and sometimes even cost them their lives. How many of us get a chance today to hear messages that tell us the truth about ourselves rather than tickle our ears? There are many who preach things that tickle the ears of their hearers, letting the hearers hear what they desire. If we want sound doctrine we should seek to hear preachers who preach the truth about God and ourselves.

Here is something to ponder on: could it be that you are thoroughly deceived about some very fundamental Christian doctrines? Now think about that!

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