“But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine.” Titus 2:1
Today sound doctrine is being replaced by ‘feel good theology,’ and we should be concerned! When you stop and think about applying that same standard to other areas of life it can be rather scarey. Pilots fly by fixed laws and regulations. Surgeons operate by fixed protocols and standards. Police are held to the rule of law as a standard. Aren’t you glad they think doctrine is important?
The story’s told of a psychology student in the army who was given kitchen duty. He decided to test the response of different groups of soldiers to apricots. First he took the negative approach: ‘You don’t want apricots, do you?” Ninety percent said no. Then he tried the positive approach: ‘You do want apricots, don’t you?” Over half said yes.
With a third group he tried the either/or technique: ‘Would you like one dish of apricots or two?” In spite of the fact that most of them didn’t like apricots, forty percent took two dishes and fifty percent took one dish. Be careful; when you have no fixed belief system of your own, you’ll fall for somebody else’s.
Paul instructed Timothy:
“preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers
to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth
and wander off into myths.” (2 Timothy 4:2-4).
What do you look to sustain you in your faith when the difficult times of life come your way? Because there is one thing for sure, difficult times will come sooner or later. When your feelings won’t sustain you, sound doctrine will, for one rests on emotion and the other rests on the eternal Word of God.