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  Northfield, NJ 08225


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Aged Based Doctrine

"But as for you, speak the things that are proper for sound doctrine" (Titus 2:1).

The term doctrine is one that permeates all aspects of life. The laws of our land are doctrine. There is doctrine in the military. The rules by which almost anything is guided can be construed as doctrine. When we apply this word in religious matters however, it might conjure up some very different thoughts in peoples minds. Doctrine is often accompanied by controversy. Lets face it...If all Christians viewed the Bible in the same way,(as their doctrine) would there be so many churches?

When we use this word doctrine in our religious world, we perhaps think of some of the "heavy principles" that guide us to salvation. That's not such a bad thought. When the apostle Paul opens this writing to Titus here in the second chapter, he begins it with these words. "But as for you, speak the things that are proper for sound doctrine." Since there was no Bible in those times, the Spirit guided words of the apostle were to become just that....Doctrine! I find it extremely interesting that Paul doesn't begin with the weighty matters of salvation or the oneness of the church. He begins it with the various age groups of people and how they are to behave. This is so cool.....

There just is not too much controversy to deal with here. The instructions that Paul gives are about behavior... Behavior in the home and church. Behavior wrapped around sound speech, curbing fleshly appetites and being thoughtful. All of this "sound doctrine" is organized in such a way as to appeal to the consciences of people of different ages and sexes. Lets face it, how we behave in life shows how much we care for the Lord and we are either men or women, young or old. Men are faced with some different temptations than women. Often sin lures young people differently than older people. What better way to establish sound doctrine than to make it "age and sex appropriate?" If you decide to read ahead you will get an flavor of tomorrow's devotional.

Have a great day...Make a difference... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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