The Tabernacle Scroll

Issue 59

“Speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine” (Titus 2:1)

As we read the letters that Paul wrote to Timothy and Titus, we find them full of encouragement and advice for them in their leadership roles. But what is more important is the fact that Paul emphasized the importance of sound doctrine.

All those who profess to be teachers (or preachers) of Gods word are likewise exhorted (nay, warned) to speak the truth! Scripture warns that those who teach others will be judged more severely. But what about the other side of the coin?

The warning to align with the truth of Scripture really applies to all believers. You might say, “When I come to church I expect that the preacher recognizes his responsibility to teach sound doctrine. That’s his job. Mine is simply to believe whatever he says. God will hold him responsible, not me”. Let me warn you! There is a responsibility on the listener to check that what is being preached lines up with the truth of Scripture. That’s why you need to bring your bible to church!

We can be quickly swept off our feet by the way people express themselves, even though we may have some questions about their message. Many churches today, caught up in a “consumer mentality”, look to invite speakers who have great eloquence. The masses are moved more by style and emotion than by content. Jude warns us about those whose mouths speak “great swelling words” (v 16).

Paul warned the time would come when people will turn away from the truth of sound doctrine and tolerate only those who entertain and make people feel good. (2 Tim. 4:3-4). So we must carefully analyze and evaluate in the light of scriptures everything we hear – even what is taught and proclaimed by the most eloquent speakers. An example of “sound doctrine” is the basic tenets of the Christian faith, as outlined in the Creeds. The creeds speak about the Godhead. They declare the incarnation, death, resurrection and ascension of Christ; Christ’s deity; his certain return in glory, eternal judgment and the reality of the person and work of the Holy Spirit. When we allow truths to be watered down or explained away as ‘myths’, or as ‘not really relevant in the 21st century’, we are treading on dangerous ground.

If we come to church to be entertained, rather than to worship in spirit and truth, then we can be deceived. We need to be sure that the Bible teachers we listen to are “speaking the truth in Christ and not lying” (1 Tim. 2:7). Do not let “idle talkers and deceivers” (Tit.1: 10) confuse you. Oratory, though something to be admired and appreciated, can never be a substitute for TRUTH. Be a Berean! (Acts 17:11).

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