What Is Sound Doctrine? – Pastor Chris Onayinyka

Sound Doctrine:

Sound doctrineSound doctrine: (Kindly ensure you read through and keep to re-read) This at times has become a high mountain for us. To some, it’s a teaching that’s balanced, which oftentimes has contradictory statements; let me borrow an excerpt from the book. “Understandeth Thou What Thou READEST Volume 1.

Paul on several occasions, warned in his epistles about sound doctrine. Let us examine a few, particularly 2nd Timothy 4:3.

“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;”

2 Timothy 4:3

The word “sound” was translated from the Greek word “hugiaino”. It means pure and uncorrupted, not infected. Sound means that everything is in place. The word “hugiaino” was also used in the synoptic gospels. Let’s see some of them below.

“And Jesus answering said unto them, they that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick.”

Luke 5:31

“And they that were sent, returning to the house, found the servant whole that had been sick.”

Luke 7:10

Notice that in the two instances above, it was used in reference to healing.

“And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound.”

Luke 15:27

The prodigal son came back safe and sound. The term “safe and sound” was translated from the Greek word “hugiaino”.

Sound Doctrine Apostle Used The Term:

This helps us see what Apostle Paul meant when he said sound words, that is, safe and healthy words.

He (Apostle Paul) used the word “hugiaino” several times in his epistles to Timothy and Titus.

“For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;”

1Timothy 1:10

“If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;”

1Timothy 6:3

“Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.”

2Timothy 1:13

“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;”

2Timothy 4:3

“Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.”

Titus 1:9

“This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;”

Titus 1:13

“But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine”

Titus 2:1

“That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.” Titus 2:2

John also used it:

“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.”

3 John 1:2

The word “hugiaino” is taken from the word “hugies”. “Hugies” implies healthy; true, well. It is when you restore something to its proper form. For example, a withered hand that is straightened to function well. It was used for healing.

The Synoptic Gospels Are Not Left Out:

“Hugies” was used several times in the synoptic gospels.

“Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other.”

Matthew 12:13

“Insomuch that the multitude wondered, when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see: and they glorified the God of Israel.”

Matthew 15:31

“And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.”

Mark 5:34

“For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had. When Jesus saw him lie, and he knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath. He answered them, He that made me whole, the same said unto me, Take up thy bed, and walk.

 And he that was healed wist not who it was: for Jesus had conveyed himself away, a multitude being in that place. Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee. The man departed, and told the Jews that it was Jesus, which had made him whole.”

John 5:4-15

Also see John 7:23

In The Book of Acts And Epistles:

It was used once each in the book of Acts and in the Epistles.

“Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.”

Acts 4:10

“Sound speech that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.”

Titus 2:8


The words “hugiaino” or “hugies” were either used for health or for doctrine.

In the epistles, Paul used it largely for doctrine, while John used it for health (spiritual health).

Sound words therefore, as used by Paul in 2nd Timothy 4:3 will be referring to healthy and safe doctrine.

The word “doctrine” was translated from the Greek “didaskalia”. It means teaching, learning.

Now let’s see what is sound and not sound

 “As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine, Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.”

1Timothy 1:3-4 KJV


It’s in faith,

“For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine; According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.”

1Timothy 1:10-11 KJV


Sound Doctrine Matters In Revealing Christ:

It’s the glorious gospel of Christ

“And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.”

1Timothy 1:14-15 KJV


Faith and love which is in Christ highlight this

“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.”

1Timothy 2:5-7 KJV


It’s about what God did in Christ and faith in it

“But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.”

1Timothy 3:15 KJV


The church is the pillar of this truth:

“And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.”

1Timothy 3:16 KJV


It Reveals God’s Work In Christ:

It’s God’s work in Christ, preached

It’s only response again is faith

“If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.”

1Timothy 4:6 KJV


Good doctrine, words of faith, faith in Christ

“For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe. These things command and teach.”

1Timothy 4:10-11 KJV


Trust in God, Jesus is Saviour , we believe:

This we teach and labour with.

 “Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.”

1Timothy 4:16 KJV


The preacher must take heed to this singular teaching

He must be apt to teach this

A bishop then must be…apt to teach; 1Timothy 3:2 KJV


 “Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.”

1Timothy 5:17 KJV

He must labor to teach this and strongly so.

About The Author:

Pastor Chris Segun Onayinka is a Nigerian Pastor and a profound teacher of the word of God who teaches explicitly, the gospel of Jesus Christ and the New Creation realities. A Nigerian lawyer by profession, He is the founder and senior Pastor of The Saints Community Church.

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