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The Gospel is the Only Sound Doctrine!

John Collins11/28/2012In 1 Timothy 6, Paul gives warning about those who do not teach sound doctrine and stray from the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Paul's letter to Timothy warns him to not only teach, but to urge the warning:  "If anyone teaches a doctrine and does not agree with the sound Words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the teaching that accords with godliness, he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing."

Paul says that those who stray from the Gospel of Jesus Christ have an unhealthy craving for controversy and a craving for argument.  This produces envy of others, dissension among the faith, slander against your brothers, evil suspicions against others, and constant friction among a people who are already depraved in mind.  

Paul says that these people are among are deprived of the Truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain.  He stressed contentment, saying that godliness with contentment is great gain.  We brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.  If we have food and clothing, that is all we need to be content.

He said that those who desire to be rich will fall into temptation.  They will fall into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that throw people into ruin and destruction.  The love of money -- not money, but the love of money is the root of all evil.  Because of the craving for money, some have wandered away from the true faith and hurt themselves in many ways.

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  Is the Gospel of Jesus Christ our foundation, or have we accepted some other gospel?  Do we listen to stories about hunting trips, or do we listen to teachings of godliness?  Have we feasted our minds on the words of men with unhealthy cravings for controversy among the churches, or have we feasted on the Gospel, which brings Christians together in harmony?