Warnings About Different Doctrines

The New Testament is full of warnings to not fall for different doctrines.

Romans 16:17 (ESV) I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them.


Ephesians 4:14 (ESV) so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.


Hebrews 13:9 (ESV)  Do not be led away by diverse and strange teachings, for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, which have not benefited those devoted to them.


We are warned to not teach other doctrines.

1 Timothy 1:3 (ESV) As I urged you when I was going to Macedonia, remain at Ephesus so that you may charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine,


Titus 1:10-11 (ESV)

10 For there are many who are insubordinate, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision party.

11 They must be silenced, since they are upsetting whole families by teaching for shameful gain what they ought not to teach.


We are warned to not listen to those who do teach different doctrines.

1 Timothy 6:3-4a (ESV)

3 If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness,
4 he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing.


We are to handle God’s Word carefully.

2 Timothy 2:15 (ESV) Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker  who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.


Our church leaders are to be able to teach sound doctrine.  In speaking of elders, Paul says they are to be able to teach sound doctrine.

Titus 1:9 (ESV) He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.

Titus 2:1 (ESV) But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine.


Our lives are to adorn God’s doctrine.  That is an interesting concept – adorn.

Titus 2:10 (ESV) not pilfering, but showing all good faith, so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior.

Our lives should shine before others and be a reflection of our Lord. (Matthew 5:16)  We are to shine as lights in a dark world.  (Phil 2:15)  That is how we can adorn God’s Word.

Can you think of other ways?


We are to mature beyond the basics.

Hebrews 6:1 (ESV) Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God,

Never should we be content in remaining stationary in our faith.  We should strive for more and more maturity.


All manner of sin is contrary to sound doctrine.

1 Timothy 1:8-11 (ESV)

8 Now we know that the law is good, if one uses it lawfully,
9 understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who strike their fathers and mothers, for murderers,
10 the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine,
11 in accordance with the gospel of the glory of the blessed God with which I have been entrusted.


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