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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

So that we don’t persecute those who do have sound doctrine

When you don’t have sound doctrine you can really, really, mess up. Big time. Consider the following verses.

Jn 8:37 "I know that you are Abraham’s descendants; yet you seek to kill Me, because My word has no place in you."

Jn 15:21 "But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know the One who sent Me."

Jn 16:2, 3 "They will make you outcasts from the synagogue, but an hour is coming for everyone who kills you to think that he is offering service to God. These things they will do because they have not known the Father or Me."

What is the depth of deception? It is to think that you are really serving God when actually you are killing the messengers of God. Such a thing happens because of a lack of sound doctrine. That is why it is important to know the Scriptures and be saved from deception.

The Pharisees thought that their doctrine was sound. They thought that Jesus was the deceiver and that His apostles were deceivers. Therefore, they killed Jesus and persecuted the apostles. All this happened because they thought their doctrine was sound when it wasn’t.

What else can we learn from Jn 16:2 and the Pharisees? We learn to be careful about how we handle those whom we consider to be heretics. While we judge their doctrine and warn others about them we should be careful not to cause them physical harm. We should let God deal with them, even if means the sacrifice of our lives.

Jesus is our best example here. He knew that the Pharisees had the false doctrine. But He did not kill them. He let them kill Him. He was content to let God deal with them. In letting God deal with the true heretics we ensure that just in case we are the ones who are wrong we do not really put our foot in our mouth by harming those who are correct.

To summarize, the effect of unsound doctrine is ineffective worship, falling away from our own steadfastness, and even falling away from our faith. Worst of all, false doctrine can cause people to kill the true messengers of God.

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