make any difference what a man believes, if he is only sincere?
"But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren
beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to
salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the
truth." 2 Thessalonians 2:13 (Joshua 24:14).
How may we
determine the truthfulness of any doctrine?
"Prove all things; hold fast that which is good." 1
Thessalonians 5:21 (Isa. 8:20).
foundation should every religious tenet rest?
"And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets,
Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone." Ephesians 2:20 (1 Cor.
mentioned first in the list of those things for which all Scripture is
"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for
doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in
righteousness." 2 Timothy 3:16.
advice is given to Timothy while preparing for the gospel ministry?
"Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to
doctrine." "Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine;
continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them
that hear thee." 1 Timothy 4:13,16.
remarkable charge is given him relative to his public work?
"I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus
Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his
kingdom; preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove,
rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine." 2 Timothy
this duty so imperative?
"For the time will come when they will not endure sound
but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves
teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from
the truth, and shall be turned unto fables." 2 Timothy 4:3,4.
Titus instructed to teach? And in what was he to be a pattern?
"But speak thou the things which become sound doc- trine."
"In all things showing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine
showing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity." Titus 2:1,7.
the power of sound doctrine?
"Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he
may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the
gainsayers." Titus 1:9.
danger attends false teaching?
"Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the
resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some." 2
the disciples of Jesus? And what gracious work is wrought for them?
"Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If
ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall
know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." John
what are they to be sanctified?
"Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word
is truth." John 17:17.
accept the homage of such as deliberately teach contrary to His will?
"But in vain they do worship me,
teaching for doctrines the commandments of men." Matthew 15:9.
close our ears to the truth, and remain innocent?
"He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his
prayer shall be abomination." Proverbs 28:9.
encouraging promise did our Saviour leave for those who should do the will
"If any man will do his will, he shall
know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of
myself." John 7:17 (Ps. 25:9)
be the fate of the spiritually blind teacher, and of those whom he
presumes to teach?
"Let them alone: they be blind leaders of
the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the
ditch." Matthew 15:14.
will the gates of the heavenly city be opened?
"Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth
the truth may enter in." Isaiah 26:2 (Rev. 22:14).