Preface

As I was writing this, I was interrupted by a phone-call from a scammer, how ironic! I knew from the start it was a scammer, and in fact I confronted the caller, called him to stop, and pointed out every lie he said, I’m serious, this actually happened. That’s what we can do when we study Sound Doctrine, we can easily spot the scam, and confidently continue with our lives, knowing that we weren’t deceived by something that sounded really good, but was in fact, a lie.

If you think that Sound Doctrine is something that only pastors should be concerned about, then you haven’t paid much attention to God’s word.

What is Doctrine?

Today, it would appear that doctrine carries a negative connotation because it is closely related to the term “indoctrinated.” Indoctrination usually refers to someone who has been brainwashed or drinks the kool-aid. But Sound Doctrine and being indoctrinated are not the same thing, in fact, indoctrination is the antithesis of Sound Doctrine.

“Sound” refers to healthy, correct, and “Doctrine” refers to teaching. We have to agree that if the Bible is God’s word, it would be horrible if we believed something contrary to what God has said. If we had an unhealthy, or incorrect understanding of what God has communicated, we would be at a loss.

So here are the 4 reasons why you should care about Sound Doctrine:

1. Sound Doctrine will help you from falling into a Spiritual Scam.

You need to care about Sound Doctrine because You are responsible to test if what is being taught is actually from God or not (1 John 4).

Knowing Sound Doctrine isn’t about being able to argue against someone, it’s about being confident in what you believe, and not falling for the lies. I’ve written on how easily pastors misguide their churches to believe false teachings. Well, when you have dedicated time to learning what God actually has to say about something, and not what Mike Pileggi has to say, you are doing something right.

Some things take more time than others, some things will remain a mystery (Deut 29:29), but if you have Sound Doctrine, you won’t be tossed by the wind every time someone starts teaching something you haven’t heard. You don’t need to know everything about God to have Sound Doctrine, and you don’t need to know every false teaching.

For example, there is more than one incorrect answer to 2+2. Learning Sound Doctrine is like learning how to add things, you don’t need to know all the incorrect answers, as long as you know how to arrive to the correct answer.

2. The Bible connects Sound Doctrine with Maturity and Christian Living.

In Systematic Theology, Wayne Grudem argued that “The Bible connects sound doctrine with maturity and Christian living. Paul speaks of ‘the teaching which accords with godliness’ (1 Tim. 6:3) and says that his work as an apostle is ‘to further the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth which accords with godliness’ (Titus 1:1). By contrast, he indicates that all kinds of disobedience and immorality are ‘contrary to sound doctrine’ (1 Tim. 1:10).”

If we didn’t care about sound doctrine, we’d be Christian Peter Pans, refusing to grow up and wanting to stay in Neverland. A Christian Peter Pan is a person that has no desire in maturing, perhaps it’s out of fear (what if I know too much?), sometimes it’s out of rebellion, or pure laziness.

DTR (Determine The Relationship) has become a huge source of anxiety among teens and young adults today. Why? Because they are engaged in relationships but aren’t sure where they stand in the relationship. Sound Doctrine helps Determine the Relationship. You don’t have to guess, you have access to know, because God has spoken.

You need to invest more time in reading full books of the Bible at a time, and then yeah, pick up a book on Systematic Theology, or follow a YouTube channel dedicated to discussing the subject, read a commentary. Ask more questions.

3. Sound Doctrine Keeps the Main Thing as the Main Thing

This is perhaps the biggest issue in the Christian life, it seems like everything is fighting for our attention. In 2021, everyone has become an expert on God. The stain of Open Theism, and Process Theology has isolated certain attributes of God that best fit the culture today. The trend has been to make the “self” the center of attention. Focusing on God’s love, and how He is working for us. The problem today is that we emphasize self-esteem, this has given rise to the idea that we are highly significant. Of course God loves me, look at how important I am!

Sound Doctrine teaches us that we can’t just pick and choose what we like about God. We have to be brave, to remember that He is God, not us. So the focus is not about becoming the next best theologian, it’s about keeping God front and center.

4. Sound Doctrine is helpful to deepen your relationship with God

I’ve been married since 2015, I don’t love my wife more today than I did when we said “I do”, but our relationship has matured in such a way, that love her with greater intimacy, and much better than I did when we got married (or even engaged!).

Our marriage would be pathetic if our relationship stayed at the same depth since we started dating,”oh, your family is Cuban, that’s nice!”, “oh, you like baking, that’s sweet!” the highlights of a person. The truth is, if we are serious about our relationship with God, we will never be satisfied with getting the highlights. It’s not enough to do a 5 minute devotional. Can you imagine if that were the case in any other relationship. It’s as if we are saying, my relationship with God is going great, I check His Facebook status every morning, and sometimes read His tweets in the afternoon; I retweet him every now and then, too.

Sometimes people are content with just having the emotional encounter with God, I don’t need to know that nerdy stuff. But Jesus calls us to love God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength.

I left this thought last, only because it seemed obvious. I think that it’s evident that if you want to deepen your relationship with God, it’s in your best interest to know Him better.

Final Thoughts

If you don’t know where to begin, the best place is by reading his word, and praying for the Holy Spirit to guide you and help you understand. Don’t do it alone. I encourage you to start today, don’t procrastinate. If God Almighty has welcomed you into a relationship with Him, then it is your privilege to get to know what He has said, and wrestle with anything that may seem contrary to what you may have been raised to believe.

Remember that we are affected by our culture, and sometimes we believe things because we have been nurtured by our culture to think in such ways. But we are called to not be conformed to the patterns of this world, but to be transformed by the renewing of our mind (Rom. 12:1-2). This means that sometimes, as you learn, things may seem counter-intuitive, or contradict what you’ve been raised to believe.