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Sound Doctrine

Titus 2:1 (ESV) – But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine.

We live in a culture that teaches people that whatever they believe is fine so long as it doesn’t offend cultural sensibilities.  There are no consequences with believing untrue things, as long as the conversation isn’t about Christian doctrine and teachings.  Western culture holds many pet doctrines, and to question these garners accusations of heresy and excommunication from the tribe. But any Christian doctrine that is asserted is treated as opinion, not truth.  The world demands they be allowed to set their own standard of truth. 

Our passage today reminds us that there is no such thing as our own standard of truth. Paul tells Titus, “But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine.” This passage contains principles that run contrary to our current culture. Paul tells Titus to teach what accords with sound doctrine, meaning, he should know the standard and teach that in particular. There are sound doctrines that accord with truth, which means there are doctrines that do not. Titus is to teach that which does.

This is needed in our own day. We need teachers of the Word that teach what accords with sound doctrine. There is a standard of doctrine within the bounds of truth. Everything outside those boundaries is not sound doctrine. These are unsound. These are wrong. These things should not only be avoided but warned against. Too many people get hurt by wrong teaching. They are led astray. The truth sets people free, provides hope, and gives people the strength to walk in the grace of God. Unsound doctrine steals these things from people.

Christian, find a church
that teaches sound doctrine.
Do not remain at a church
that fails to teach sound doctrine
or is afraid to call out false doctrine.
The hour is urgent today to help
believers walk in the truth.

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Be careful about what influencers and teachers you let shape you or your families’ minds and hearts.   

Reflection & Journal:
- Why do people struggle with the idea of one set standard of truth?
- In what ways do we grow in our knowledge of sound doctrine?
- How can we guard ourselves against false doctrine?

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