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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?
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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

From those who receive glory from men

To receive glory from man is to desire to be approved by man. It is to feel correct and vindicated when some man stands up for you and says that you are correct.

Everyone likes to be appreciated. It feels nice when we receive appreciation from a man – especially if it is an important man, and even more so if it is a man that we highly respect. No one wants to come up with theology that will cause him to be ostracized. No one wants to be called a heretic.

However, if you really want to have sound doctrine you have to say ‘goodbye’ to such desire – forever. This may be hard to swallow, but consider what Jesus said in Jn 5:43-44.

Jn 5:43-44 43 "I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, you will receive him. 44 How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and you do not seek the glory that is from the one and only God?"

We cannot believe the truth if we seek the approval of man instead of seeking the approval of God alone.

Suppose God shows you a truth that the general evangelical Christian considers outright heresy. What will you do? Would you be willing to forsake the approval of everyone for the sake of the truth that God has revealed to you? Or will you compromise and say, "I can’t be correct. How can all these great men of God in the past 2000 years be wrong?"

If you love the truth more than the approval of man then you will be willing to forsake the approval of man for the sake of the truth.

If you are walking with God you will have the confidence to stick to the truth that God has revealed to you even if it goes against what some of the current and past great men of God believed.

Many theologians have built their theology on fundamentals invented by man without bothering to carefully examine whether those fundamentals have their foundation on Scripture. They do this because they don’t want to be called a heretic. If you really want truth from God then make sure that you don’t make that mistake.


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