Tuesday, September 21, 2010 7:14 AM

Protect The Truth

Tuesday, September 21, 2010 7:14 AM
Tuesday, September 21, 2010 7:14 AM

 
The church existed under the threat of false teachings and found it necessary to protect the truth of the gospel (see Gal 1:6–9) from such heresies as Gnosticism, Docetism and other heterodox movements of the late first and early second centuries.
 
In the first century this was done by appealing to apostolic teaching and traditions (Col 2:6, 8; 2 Thess 2:15; 1 Jn 1:5).
 
The word of truth (2 Tim 1:14; 2:15; 3:8).
 
Good doctrine (1 Tim 4:6).
 
Sound teaching and doctrine (1 Tim 6:3; 2 Tim 1:13; 4:3; Tit 1:9, 2:1).
 
The faith (2 Tim 4:7; Jude 3, 20).
 
Testing the spirits (1 Jn 4:1–4).

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