“But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine.” (Titus 2:1)
Paul wrote in his epistles to Timothy and Titus on the subject of “soundness,” i.e., sound mind, sound doctrine, etc. The word “sound” in this particular text means “healthy.” In the medical profession, they use a technique called an “ultrasound” to record measurements of internal body structures and to detect abnormalities. An ultrasound looks for physical “soundness.” Expectant mothers are given periodic ultrasounds as a way of determining the soundness and even the sex of the baby while still in the womb.
In both books of Timothy and Titus, we have nine references to soundness. Four times Paul admonishes the young preachers for the need of “sound doctrine”; two times to be “sound in faith”; and one time each for “sound speech,” “sound words” and “sound mind.” These references all refer to “spiritual soundness” or, in other words, “healthy hearing.” All of these aforementioned areas of soundness are dependent upon real spiritual faith and how that faith impacts every part of our spiritual beings. We know that “...faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). But, “all men have not faith” (cf II Thessalonians 3:2), therefore their hearing is faulty and unsound.
Ordinary Christianity today has lost the soundness of which the apostle Paul emphasized. Spirituality has been replaced with emotions; worshipping in Spirit and Truth has been replaced by a fleshy appetite for activities; and doctrinal purity has been replaced with a gospel of prosperity. Sin has lost its ugliness, and the reality of standing in the presence of a Holy God (to give an account of ourselves) has been replaced by humanism that appeals to the flesh (man gives account to no one but himself). Conviction of sin has been replaced by an attitude of giddiness that has led to moral looseness, which has led to extreme indecency. When “sound-minded” Christians go to churches to worship a Holy God, they are embarrassed by the indecent attire of those of unsound minds, and their lack of respect for the building they are sitting in and their lack of respect toward God (John 4:23,24), the Word of God (II Timothy 3:16), and the house of God (I Timothy 3:15).
Sad to say, but many who attend church or any kind of religious meeting are, as the writer of Hebrews states, “dull of hearing.” They have a condition referred to as “selective hearing.” “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” (II Timothy 4:3,4).Pastor H. Preston Parker