Sound Doctrine Isn’t Your Savior
“But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” Titus 3:4-7
Recently, my fingertips have found themselves scanning verses from the book of Titus in the Bible. A common theme I’ve found is that false teaching leads to faulty morals and sound doctrine should lead to obedience. This is why Paul reminds Titus to “teach what accords with sound doctrine” (Titus 2:1). Furthermore, he wants elders to “hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that they may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it” (Titus 1:9).
He warns that false teachers profess Christ and yet deny Him by their works. He calls them detestable and disobedient (Titus 1:16). But does this mean everyone who has good theology is saved? Is he saying as long as we affirm solid doctrine, we will be justified? Certainly not. For, he reminds us in chapter three that we aren’t saved by our own righteousness (as if we had any to offer) but only through the blood of Jesus Christ (Titus 3:5-6).
Listen, if you think you have the golden ticket to heaven due to your good theology, you are mistaken. Sound doctrine, while important for godly living, is not your Savior. I’ve witnessed many Christ-claiming people who keep their faces so buried in Puritans and systematic theology they forget to look to Jesus. True Christians are those who plead the blood of Christ alone as their defense.
What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
Father, we are prone to plead our own righteousness before You, forgetting that even our greatest deeds are filthy rags. May we lay aside any claim to goodness we thought we had and cling to Jesus alone as our only hope to be saved. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Read through or listen to Titus.
Brittany Allen is a follower of Christ, wife to James, and momma to three in Heaven. She exists to bring God glory and prays her writing is an avenue for that. She longs to encourage women to think and live biblically and thrives on seeing women open up their hearts to the Savior and to other women around them.