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. For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision:The Word of God is pure. The Word of God is sound doctrine. Strong's Concordance defines sound as healthy or of good health and also "of Christians whose opinions are free from any mixture of error."
Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake. One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies.
This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith; Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth. Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.
They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.
But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine. Titus 1:9 – 2:1
The opposite of sound doctrine is fables.
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; 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 Tim 4:3-4God gave us the scriptures so that we would be able to check whether what we are hearing being taught is actually true or not. But you get into a slippery slope if you have a book other than the Bible as your guide. No book other than the bible can be used to verify whether something is a false doctrine or not.
I went to the library today and did a search for books on fables. The Dewey Decimal system number came up as 199 so I went to that section, but all those books were on fables of other religions. I thought that was kind of funny because every false religion is based on fables. Satan is a much better storyteller than Aesop. But I wanted to write about fables that are considered "Christian."
Take the Book of Mormon for example. Most people know that the Book of Mormon is filled with false doctrines. Except, of course, Mormons. 'The Shack', 'The Secret', 'Conversations with God', all seem like Christian books on the cover but you start reading them and discover that they are filled with blasphemy and false doctrines. But, even that is too obvious. I'm not talking about something that conspicuous.
What about the Apocrypha? There are those that believe that some of the apocryphal books should be in the bible. For example, the Book of Enoch. Now I have read the book of Enoch. I'm not even going to say if I feel like the book of Enoch should be in the bible or if I think it is true or not because it is NOT about what I think. If the book of Enoch should be in the bible, why isn't it? Ok, maybe it was lost all those years, well, it is found now. Couldn't a large enough group of people have gotten together and made the decision that it should be in there if it should be in there? I know that Jude mentions Enoch, but do we know that the book we call the book of Enoch is a real book or a counterfeit?
See, my point is actually not about the Book of Enoch itself. But, once a person allows the Book of Enoch (still an apocryphal book)to be equal to the bible, then they open the door for other apocryphal books to be considered as truth as well. Soon it will be Jasper, then the Book of Thomas, then the Book of Mary and on and on. If you do not hold that only the Bible is pure words from God, then soon you have gone over to the darkside and didn't even know it.
When the Lord told the children of Isreal not to move the ancient landmarks, it wasn't that they just picked up the landmark and openly moved it. No. People would go out and move it a couple inches. Then wait a couple months and move it a couple inches again. Not enough to be obvious - or they'd get caught. But over time the people moving the landmark would have stolen much land from his neighbor. That is how the devil works. If he can get you to believe one of the borderline doctrines then he can get you to believe one a little farther out, then a little farther out, and soon you believe every weird and crazy thing the devil can spit out.
The bible talks about demons. Demons ARE REAL. Jesus Christ totally exposed the adversary and the demonic realm. But demons don't want you to know about them, so they will get you distracted with UFO's and aliens (demons masquerading as aliens), or angels(demons posing as angels of light) or anything else, so they can do what they do best. Seduce the believers into turning from the truth and to believe fables.
It is time to put away all the garbage and seductive doctrines out there and return to the simplicity that is in Christ and check everything to the Word of God, the Bible. Throw away your apocrypha and your alien stuff and repent and get back to the PURE WORD.
Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for exposing the doctrines of demons and making manifest the hidden things of darkness. Help us to put away childish things and grow up in Christ. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.