Has the time come for the end of sound doctrine? Today, sin and evil are rapidly taking over the world, while darkness has descended over our governmental decisions, banking crimes are being ignored, and our election system is proven to be a complete farce, Are we also, calling ourselves believers, joining in the parade of lawlessness and turning to teachers who teach what we want to hear? Why is it we jump on those who bring truths that are proven solely from scripture and at the same time defend others who teach from mere books written by men?
We have been charged to carry the true gospel that Jesus (Yeshua) taught, one of repentance, to the ends of the earth. Yet we have been hijacked by those false teachers who bring a completely different message than the message that Yeshua (Jesus) taught us and followed while he walked among us. Is this part of a greater plan, even unannounced to those false teachers, by Satan himself to attempt to deceive the elect? Can we stand up and find and follow sound doctrine before it is too late?
2 Timothy 4:1 I solemnly charge you before God and the Messiah Yeshua, who will judge the living and the dead when he appears and establishes his Kingdom: proclaim the Word! Be on hand with it whether the time seems right or not. Convict, censure and exhort with unfailing patience and with teaching. For the time is coming when people will not have patience for sound teaching, but will cater to their passions and gather around themselves teachers who say whatever their ears itch to hear. Yes, they will stop listening to the truth, but will turn aside to follow myths. But you, remain steady in every situation, endure suffering, do the work that a proclaimer of the Good News should, and do everything your service to God requires. For as for me, I am already being poured out on the altar; yes, the time for my departure has arrived. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. All that awaits me now is the crown of righteousness which the Lord, “the Righteous Judge,” will award to me on that Day – and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for him to appear. (CJB 2 Tim 4:1-8)
This is an interesting choice of words used by Paul in placing a charge on Timothy as well as us today. Paul warned Timothy and in doing so spoke prophetically to us in this very age, that people word turn away from truth and follow myths. Not only do they turn away from truth today, but will violently persecute those who are purveyors of truth. These two words, Sound Doctrine, are from the Greek as follows:
<5198> ὑγιαίνω hugiaino
Meaning: to be sound, healthy
Origin: from 5199
Usage: good health(2), safe and sound(1), sound(8), well(1).
<1319> διδασκαλία didaskalia
Meaning: instruction (the function or the information)
Origin: from 1320
Usage: doctrine(9), doctrines(3), instruction(1), teaching(7), teachings(1).
Thus Paul is saying that people are turning away for the sound, healthy teaching and instructions of Jesus (Yeshua) who told us to obey his instructions, those very commands we say were nailed to the cross. How can we claim that Jesus (Yeshua) is the Word or Scripture or the spoken words of YHVH (the LORD) and then follow the myth of them being done away with?
Let us return to healthy instruction
Just as Paul cried out and warned Timothy from his captivity in Rome, let us too, return to the healthy instructions the Yeshua (Jesus) laid down for us and do what Jesus (Yeshua) did while on this planet. We have to sift through and test every doctrine with logic and scripture. This means digging into the same scriptures that the Bereans, who were acclaimed for searching out truth, used to adhere to sound doctrine. Remember after Jesus (Yeshua) had risen from the dead, taken the first fruits from among the dead as commanded by YHVH (the LORD) in scripture, he met two disciples on the road to Emmaus. How did Jesus (Yeshua) teach them the truth, sound doctrine?
And He said to them, “O foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that athe prophets have spoken! “aWas it not necessary for the 1Christ to suffer these things and to enter into His glory?” Then beginning 1with aMoses and 1with all the bprophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures. (Luk 24:25-27 NAU)
Return to Moses (starting in Genesis which he penned) and the Prophets and use “all the Scriptures” to test all doctrines. Discard things that can not be proven so you won’t be discarded in the end. Hold on to and be a doer of the WORD (made flesh) so that when the day comes for judgment you will be held on to by Yeshua (Jesus) our redeemer.