I TIMOTHY 1:1-10
- You will
note that in the passage we have just read, the apostle Paul uses the word
“doctrine” twice (1:3, 10).
- In fact, the
word “doctrine” or “doctrines” is found 17 times in the Pastoral Epistles
(1:3, 10; 4:1, 6, 13, 16; 5:17; 6:1, 3; II Tim. 3:10, 16; 4:2, 3; Titus 1:9;
2:1, 7, 10). If you add in similar
terms, such as “wholesome words” and “sound words,” etc., there are 59
references to doctrine in the Pastoral Epistles.
simply means teaching based upon the Word of God. Therefore, I have entitled this
morning’s message, “Bible Doctrine.”
- The same
Greek word translated “doctrine” is also translated as “teaching” in Romans
12:7, and “learning” in Romans 15:4.
- These words,
translated “doctrine” or “teaching” are found more than 140 times in the
NT. This indicates the
importance of Bible doctrine.
- Other words
used to refer to doctrine are “the truth” (I Tim. 2:4), “the faith” (I Tim. 3:9;
II Tim. 3:8; Titus 1:13), “wholesome words” (I Tim. 6:3), and “sound words” (II
WE ARE TO ALLOW FOR “NO OTHER DOCTRINE.”
- We are
living in a day and age when Bible doctrine is not considered all that
important. The average church
member knows very little about Bible doctrine, and cares very little about Bible
- But the
apostle Paul told his young preacher friend Timothy, “that thou mightest charge
some that they teach no other doctrine” (I Tim. 1:3).
- If a
doctrine does not line up with the Bible we are to reject it. Most churches today are weak and worldly
with watered-down preaching. And
one of the big problems is they are abandoning Bible doctrine.
- “Fables and
genealogies” (1:4) refer to fanciful stories and weird teachings. Interestingly, genealogies occupy
an important place in the Mormon cult.
(1:4) are popular in these strange and outlandish charismatic meetings (cf. I
Tim. 4:7; Titus 1:14). Preachers
get up in the pulpit and tell strange and fantastical stories and dreams and
most people do not seem to care that all of this is “contrary to sound doctrine”
- Paul called
these sort of weird teachings “endless” (I Tim. 1:3) because they lead to
nowhere. It is all very speculative
and confusing and lead to no certain conclusions. They provoke questionings and put doubts
in peoples’ minds (1:4).
- On the other
hand, good Bible doctrine leads to “godly edifying which is in faith” (1:4).
commandment” (1:5) here is not the Ten Commandments but rather the charge given
in verses 3 and 4. This is not
merely Paul’s charge to Timothy but rather the charge Timothy is to give to
people complain when a preacher exposes false doctrine but this is one of his
main responsibilities. Augustus Strong said, the preacher’s “chief intellectual
qualification must be the power clearly and comprehensively to conceive, and
accurately and powerfully to express, the truth. He can be the agent of the Holy Spirit
in converting and sanctifying men, only as he can wield ‘the sword of the
Spirit, which is the word of God’ (Eph. 6:17), or, in other language, only as
he can impress truth upon the minds and consciences of his hearers. Nothing more certainly nullifies his
efforts than confusion and inconsistency in his statements of
doctrine. His object is to
replace obscure and erroneous conceptions among his hearers by those which are
correct and vivid."
SOUND DOCTRINE SHOULD RESULT IN GODLY
LIVING (1:4; cf. 6:1-3; Titus 2:1-10).
employees should work hard for their employers. I recall working for a company in
Norfolk, Virginia. One of my
coworkers attended the same Bible college I did but he was such a goof-off that
“the name of God and his doctrine” were “blasphemed” (I Tim. 6:1). That fellow wound up dropping out of
- When a
professed Christian is a poor worker, his unsaved employer (and his coworkers as
well) will conclude that Christians are no good, and that Christianity is not
real. My brethren, these things
ought not so to be.
- I read that
in the early days of Christianity, Christian servants commanded a higher price
than unbelievers. Thank God, this
still holds true today in some places.
- I heard
about a big employer who was asked, “How many people work for you?” He replied, “Oh, about half of
them!” I wonder if some of those
lazy employees were Christians?
- Let me
emphasize that the primary function of a local NT church is to win people to
Christ and then teach them Bible doctrine (Acts 2:41, 42; Matt.
- And when a
man gets saved and baptized, and he joins the church and learns Bible doctrine,
it ought to make a big difference in the way he lives.
- I remember
going out knocking on doors one night and I met a man who strongly criticized my
church and said he personally knew that some members were impenitent adulterers.
I thought the man was crazy till I
realized he was talking about a church across the street from us (on
Jamaica Avenue). That church did
not teach sound doctrine (I Tim. 4:6, 13; 6:3; II Tim. 3:16; 4:2; Titus
- The Bible
warns us of those that are “carried about with every wind of doctrine” (Eph.
- It is not
always easy but we must separate from those who teach false doctrine (Rom.
THE LAST DAYS WILL BE CHARACTERIZED BY
FALSE DOCTRINE (I TIM. 4:1; II TIM. 4:3).
- The Bible
tells that the last days will be characterized by false doctrine, and that
“seducing spirits” and “devils” will be behind all of this false doctrine (I
- I am sure
most of you have heard about this latest cloning story. Listen to this article from yesterday’s
Claude Vorilhon, a French sportswriter, calls
himself “Rael” and his followers are called “Raelians.” He claims to have had six meetings
with extraterrestrial space travelers, green creatures with long dark hair (they
were probably demons or rock and roll singers). One day Mr. Vorilhon was driving to work
when he decided to stop off at a volcano. During his stop, he saw the flashing
red light of a space ship, which opened its hatch to reveal these strange green
extraterrestrials. They invited him
into their spaceship, and he was entertained by “voluptuous female robots and
learned that the first human beings were created by aliens called Elohim, who
cloned themselves. These green
aliens, who spoke fluent French, also instructed Mr. Vorilhon to start a new
religious cult called the “Raelians.” The Raelians are based in Canada where it
is estimated that they have about 55,000 members. They teach that cloning leads to
reincarnation. The woman who
announced the birth of the new clone baby calls herself a bishop in this Raelian
religion. Her name is Brigitte
certainly fits the description of “doctrines of devils” (I Tim. 4:1).
- This cult
teaches that the first human beings were created by aliens called Elohim. But
the Bible says Elohim is a name for God (not space aliens), and God and
God alone created Adam and Eve.
- “In the
beginning God (Elohim) created the heaven and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). “And the LORD God (Elohim) formed
man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of
life; and man became a living soul” (Gen. 2:7).
- “And the
LORD God (Elohim) caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he
took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib,
which the LORD God (Elohim) had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her
unto the man” (Genesis 2:21, 22).
- This strange
new cult is demonic. Evolution is demonic.
Any religion that teaches doctrines contrary to the Bible is demonic (I
- This cult
promotes reincarnation. But the
Bible says, “It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment”
- We are
living in the last days, when sinners refuse to listen to Bible doctrine
(II Tim. 4:4).
- There are many Bible doctrines under attack today, and we do not have the
time today to deal with them all.
And let me remind you that there is one doctrine we should be very
clear on and that is the doctrine of salvation (cf. I Tim. 1:15; 2:5; II
- I have two
main objectives this morning. First, it is for believers to seriously study Bible doctrine. If you need help with this please speak
to me after the service. Don’t be like your typical church member.
“What do you
“I believe what my church
“Yes, but what does your church
“They believe what I
- Most church
members today do not know the Bible.
That is why we are seeing so many Baptists going off and joining other
denominations; we are seeing many young people leave the church once they reach
college age; we are seeing so many professed Christians getting entangled in
false doctrine; and saddest of all – we are seeing much sin in churches, even
- My second
object is to explain to unsaved people that the Bible has the answer. The Bible
teaches us about heaven and hell, sin and judgment, God and Satan, about Christ
and antichrist, about the Battle of Armageddon and the second coming of Christ,
friend: the Bible tells you how you can receive Jesus Christ as your personal
Lord and Saviour.
Pastor James Barker