PROMOTE RIGHT TEACHING
The perfect example of how Christians are to conduct themselves is described in Titus 2:1-10. This scripture is reaffirmed several times throughout the Bible, and has been the foundation for how society has progressed.
Paul begins a list of instructions with the phrase “You, however, must teach what is appropriate to sound doctrine.” If the Bible calls something “sound doctrine” then it is surely important. This sound doctrine is echoed throughout the Bible in many different books, and spoken by many different authors, including Jesus himself. Many view this doctrine to be outdated, sexist, and a narrow-minded way of thinking. However, I am led to believe that if the Bible calls these instructions, “sound doctrine”, and has focused so strongly on the reaffirmation of these instructions, that it has to be correct and the fault therein lies with human and societal interpretation and actions towards these Biblical instructions.
The apostle Paul wrote this letter while he was in Epirus. He wrote to his disciple, Titus, whom he had left on the island of Crete to watch after the new church. Paul tells Titus earlier in the letter (1:15) that he was left there to complete their work in Crete. Paul knew that the people of Crete were easily swayed away from the teachings of Jesus and back into worshiping pagan gods. That is why Paul established the church there in the first place during an earlier mission. Paul gave Titus this sound doctrine to help him first of all identify those that could help lead the church in Crete, and secondly as instructions for new believers to follow. These instructions were the rod by which believers measured themselves, because these qualities Paul described to Titus were describing Jesus.
The New Living translation is more of a feel good version of the Bible. The words in the NLT do not seem to carry as much weight as the King James Version and New King James Version. In reference to Titus 2: 1-10 Verse 1 in the NLT says, “…promote the kind of living that reflects wholesome teaching.” In the NKJV it reads, “…speak the things that are proper for sound doctrine.” The NKJV and the KJV speak about sound doctrine whereas the NLT belittles sound doctrine to wholesome teaching. Wholesome teaching is something that is learned and is good, such as a Sunday school lesson. Sound doctrine is something that you base your life on or live your life by, like a creed. A doctrine dictates how you do things, why you do things, and for whom you do them for.
In the NLT verse 2, says to “Teach the older men to exercise self-control, to be worthy of respect, and to live wisely.” In the KJV and NKJV this verse is broken down into more detail. Instead of simply exercising self-control, the KJV instructs to teach “…aged men to be sober, grave, and temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.” NKJV also uses “reverent” instead of ‘temperate’. The NLT continues...