“Teach…sound doctrine.” Titus 2:1
Today “sound doctrine” is being replaced by “feel good theology,” and we should be concerned! Too many churches today are setting aside sound doctrine and theological teaching and preaching for story telling based upon the most recent movie release or book published. “Doctrine” is defined as a belief or set of beliefs held and taught by a church, political party, or other group.
Stop and consider the following with me. Pilots fly by fixed laws. Surgeons operate by fixed protocols. 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
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. Which would you rather rest upon?