(Titus 2:1 NASB)
Here is an admonition to preach and/or teach sound doctrine. Why would this have been necessary in the early days of Christianity? Wouldn't the Christian faith have been pure at this point and time? Actually, in those early days Christianity was learning to co-exist in a very pagan world and there were those who did not want to give up their pagan ways, and yet, wanted some of what Christianity had to offer. Therefore the Christian doctrine was constantly being threatened by the secular world and those who had learned about Christianity needed to be encouraged to hold on and to be strong in what they truly believed.
Interestingly we live in a day and age where people seem to view the word "doctrine" as if it were a dirty word. I don't know how many times I've had people say to me that they don't want to go to a church …