~1 Timothy 1:10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;
Today’s text says it all! Just what is sound doctrine, anyway? Let’s look to God’s Word to see! Today’s text categorizes what is contrary to sound doctrine:
(1) whoremongers: one who indulges in lust; fornication, or adultery.
(2) them who defile themselves with mankind: homosexuality
(3) menstealers: enslaving another – could be slavery, kidnapping, entrapping
(4) liars: self explanatory – anything spoken that is not the truth
(5) perjured persons: making false oaths to a court of justice
If sound doctrine is compromised in a church, it can only be replaced with its opposite. The doctrines being practiced in today’s churches fall exactly in line with what Paul was warning against:
~1 Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
We see a great falling away from the faith in today’s modern church. Paul did not mince words – he did not sugar coat them either. Paul says that today’s doctrine is the doctrine of devils. Any doctrine that cannot be supported by God’s Word must come straight from the devil! Although a church may seem religious, one should test its doctrine and compare it with the plumb line of God’s Word.
What do we see in today’s churches? We see people who claim they are Christians are yet are adulterers, fornicators, homosexuals, liars, perjurers, etc. There is no new nature spoken of in John 3:3 and 2 Corinthians 5:17. They continue in their same old life style thinking that God will bless them in some way. No repentance is evident and yet they crowd the churches and fill it with sin and compromise. Now that these sins have been allowed to fill our pews, like a rotten apple in a barrel full of healthy apples, it’s not long before the rest of the church (barrel) is filled with rotten fruit!
I don’t believe that anyone even knows the definition anymore! Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines the word “sound” as:
SOUND, a. [L. sanus.]
1. Founded in truth; firm; strong; valid; solid; that cannot be overthrown or refuted; as sound reasoning; a sound argument; a sound objection; sound doctrine; sound principles.
2. Right; correct; well founded; free form error; orthodox. II Tim 1. Let my heart be sound in thy statutes. Psa 119.
Wow!! What a poignant adjective! Now when used with the noun “doctrine,” it begins to take on an eye opening definition! Mr. Webster defines “doctrine” as:
DOCTRINE, n. [L., to teach.]
1. In a general sense, whatever is taught. Hence, a principle or position in any science; whatever is laid down as true by an instructor or master. The doctrines of the gospel are the principles or truths taught by Christ and his apostles. The doctrines of Plato are the principles which he taught. Hence a doctrine may be true or false; it may be a mere tenet or opinion.
2. The act of teaching.
He taught them many things by parables, and said to them in his doctrine. Mark 4.
3. Learning; knowledge.
Whom shall he make to understand doctrine? Isa 28.
4. The truths of the gospel in general.
That they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things. Titus 2.
5. Instruction and confirmation in the truths of the gospel. 2 Tim 3.
When combined, these two words should explode to the Christian! Amen?? Is it any wonder that sound doctrine has been compromised in our churches? What are we exposing ourselves to when we listen to Christian radio? How many Christians are side tracked when watching Oprah? Does Dr. Phil really have all the answers? Why is it that the Christian finds himself seeking counsel from people who do not seek counsel from God’s Word? This cannot and will not feed the believer with sound doctrine. Of this I am certain! Can one truly say, “Oh, I can continue living with my girlfriend just as long as I am ‘born again’! Or, “I can continue to be ‘gay’ because Christ did not speak directly about homosexuality.” “God won’t judge me because it’s all under the blood of Jesus!” Oh foolish one! You have succumbed to the doctrines of devils just so you can continue in your sin and feed yourself with the devil’s lies. What a price you are paying just so you can pretend to be a Christian. Is it so worth it for now? It won’t be when you enter eternity and see truth!
One cannot be at peace with these thoughts if one is truly born again. Our new born again nature causes us to grieve when we sin and to have deep remorse! Anyone who thinks they can continue in their old sin does not display remorse – in fact, quite the opposite. This has an air of audacity and indignation! Cain did the same thing when his offering was of his “own making” and not what God required. This attitude is equivalent to thumbing your nose at God!
Men’s hearts have grown so cold toward God’s Word that they will seek out doctrine and preaching that will agree with their sin and compromise.
~2 Timothy 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
We must warn those that God places in our path – we must exhort them to righteous living – we must guide them in the Word and show them that sound doctrine cannot be compromised! We won’t be popular for doing so, that’s for sure! But then neither were the Apostles. They were stoned, boiled in oil, beheaded, etc. for the sake of preserving sound doctrine.
~Titus 1:9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.
~Titus 2:1 But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: