Holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict. (Titus 1:9)
A Need For Sound Doctrine
The church of Jesus Christ has been established for two thousand years, built upon the divine truth that Jesus is the Son of the living God. Everything proceeds from the authority of God as Jesus Christ is the chief cornerstone from which the church derives its pattern, plan, and purpose. As in the construction of a building, there is a plan to establish a design that will last for a very long time. When construction is not done with care and forethought, the foundation is weakened and the building will collapse over time. The project’s structural integrity is how sound the workmanship is given to its creation. Following the architect’s exact details of the blueprint will also determine if the building withstands the test of time.
Sound doctrine is core to the design of the church. Without sound doctrine, the church cannot exist. Paul admonishes those men who take on the local congregation’s leadership to be men who will be able, by sound doctrine, to exhort and convict those who are wrong. There is a pattern that is unsound, wrong, full of error, and dangerous. Jesus did not die to purchase the church with His blood and leave the doctrine to men. Sound doctrine is that which comes from the mouth of God. It is sound speech, being sound in the faith with sound doctrine and sound words. A sound mind comes from sound doctrine.
When Jesus healed the man with a withered hand, He restored the man’s hand to being whole. This is the meaning of that which is sound. The whole or complete doctrine of God is singular. It comes from the mouth of God and cannot be changed by the wisdom of men. Over the centuries since the church was established, the philosophies of men have created a pseudo-church that looks a little like the New Testament church but is built upon the totems of error – or doctrine that is not sound. Modern day religion is not sound doctrine. It is not based upon the keeping of the word of God. The carnal desires of human wisdom have changed the church to fit their personal needs catering to the entertainment and fleshly needs of the human spirit.
There is a need in the changing world to establish sound doctrine. It comes from standing on the word of God and nothing else. Speech must be sound. Being sound in faith establishes authority on what God says. The doctrine of the church comes from the mouth of God. When the mind is focused on the sound doctrine of Jesus Christ, it will not be moved by the whims of men. The Bible is the only authority and without the authority of Jesus who stood before Satan declaring, “It is written,” there is no hope. Sound doctrine means – “It is written.”