Titus 2:1 “But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine.”
(Take this verse for a minute and put it on the back burner...I promise we will come back to it momentarily.)
What is the worst commercial you have ever seen? A
What commercials do you hate the most? I hate just about every Hardees commercial ever made.
What is the worst movie you have ever seen? I really hated Natural Born Killers.
What is the worst sermon you have ever heard? Probably the one on estate planning.
Who was the worst preacher you have ever heard? Creflo Dollar? Joel Osteen? See below.
We see in the Bible that God places a great emphasis on preaching. During creation God speaks the world into existence. 8 times the scripture states "And God said...."
3And God said, "Let there be light,"
6And God said, "Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters."
9And God said, "Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear."
11And God said, "Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth."
14And God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for seasons, and for days and years, 15and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth."
20And God said, "Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens."
24And God said, "Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds—livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds."
26Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth."
And so it was that God spoke the world into existence through the very first sermon in the history of the world. Not through scientific experimentation in the lab, not through billions and billions of years of evolutionary dice playing, but through preaching life was created, through the very word of God being spoken.
Yet God is not the only one who preaches to us. Our adversary Satan has his own sermons and we see him come to our first parents in Genesis 3:5 preaching a false gospel "For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."
And ever since Satan has come to us with preaching unhealthy sermons filled with unsound doctrine and false gospels which continues to this very day. Here are some examples.
1. Oprah denies Jesus
2. Joel Osteen and the health and wealth gospel
3. Money money money!
Many people state that they don’t like preaching, don’t like to be preached to but the reality is everyone of us is preached at daily hundreds if not thousands of times and preaching is a common part of our every day lives.
Commercials are 30 second sermons pitching how their product can serve as a savior for us, salvation from our bad breath, foot odor, or hairy backs. Music comes at us in the form of 2-3 minute sermons (excluding Iron butterfly's in-a-gadda-da-vida at over 11 minutes) and movies, TV shows, and sitcoms, while entertaining are longer sermons usually about romanticizing a certain lifestyle, agenda, behavior, or worldview.
Titus 2:1 “But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine.”
We have in this verse two commands for believers in Jesus Christ:
1. First command - Teach - no questions asked. You say, but I don't have the gift to teach. Doesn't matter. This command is in perfect accord with the great commission (Matthew 28:19). You and I are called to make disciples and we do that through brute force, coercion, and violence right? No so much. We do it through love. We walk in this command first in our own families as husbands and dads. Men, we are to lead our homes in Bible reading, Bible study, and prayer. We teach our wives and kids about Jesus, we help them follow Jesus as pastor dad and then we take it to the streets where we love on others in action and we show them Jesus by teaching them healthy, life giving, gospel truth.
2: Second command - When you teach it's gotta jive with scripture. You can't just spout off what you think, what you feel...it has to be sound doctrine.
That word sound also means healthy. You have to teach others doctrine that is healthy.
The Bible states that the gospel refreshes a man's bones (proverbs 15:30) and bring health to the body (proverbs 16:24) and sets a man free(John 8:32).
Question....how can words refresh our bones? Bring health to our body? Set us free?
We are called out to teach what brings health, what brings joy, what brings peace, comfort, rest, and life eternal and most importantly it has to jive with the Bible, with God's word. Our teaching can't contradict the gospel no matter how intelligent it sounds or how smart we think we are.
The implication of this verse is that there is teaching and preaching that is unsound and unhealthy, that there are false gospels being spread that take away from the work of Christ on the cross, that lead people astray.
Scripture clearly teaches us that there will be false prophets among us who bring false doctrine(Matthew 7:15, 24:11, 24:24, Mark 13:22, Luke 6:26, 2 Peter 2:1, and 1 John 4:1 )all speak about those who would seek to make gain from us, those who would seek to empower themselves through us, and those who would seek to lead us away from Jesus, away from life, away from the truth, and into death, destruction, and hell.
Some examples of unhealthy doctrine: (always include a Jesus+ equation)
Legalism Dress codes Salvation through works Restrictive Diets Prosperity Gospel Loss of Salvation Monasticism Denial
When we talk about doctrine we are talking about the essentials, the core beliefs of what it means to be a Christian. Doctrine is the sum total, toe body of essentials we will never compromise such as the inerrancy and authority of scripture, the virgin birth, Jesus as the only way, the only truth, and the only life, Jesus as the resurrection, and salvation only through Jesus. These should be fought over and held onto without compromise because anything apart from these are false gospels and cults. We keep our doctrine in a closed hand never letting go.
Other theological items such as end time prophecy, predestination, styles of worship music....are all secondary items that we can agree to disagree over. These items should be held in an open hand as these can change over time in the way we view them and they way they are revealed to us by God.
There is coming a time when men will not put up with sound doctrine (2 Timothy 4:3) not just outside the church but inside the church and as believers we must know what we believe and why we believe it. The battle is not coming at us loud and violent in the heat of the day where we can plainly see it, arm ourselves and defend it. No, the battle comes to us in 30 second advertisement clips, 2-3 minute songs, 30 minute talks shows, movies, TV shows, and sitcoms silently chipping away the truth, replacing the gospel of Jesus with detergent, underwear, and political and pop star messiahs.
True Christians, followers and disciples of Jesus are the antidote, the serum, the mojo against bad, worldly, unhealthy, satanic preaching and teaching. God created everything through His word, the spoken word, the word incarnate Jesus and just as in the beginning it is the word spoken by us to unbelievers, the word of the gospel that brings life eternal to a dead world.
It's time each of us got us some sound, healthy doctrine, lived like the new creatures we are(2 Corinthians 5:17), and started teaching others to do the same.