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s believers, we live with the tension  good  thing  …  keep”  (2Tim  1:14,  KJV).
               of seeking to be relevant to our  “The same commit thou to faithful men”
        Ageneration while remaining faith-   (2Tim 2:2, KJV). “Preach the Word” (2Tim
        ful to the Lord Jesus Christ. Fortunately,  4:2, KJV). To Titus, “speak thou the things
        God’s truth is relevant for every generation  which become sound doctrine” (Titus 2:1,
        and never needs to be compromised or jet-  KJV). “These things speak, and exhort, and
        tisoned for the sake of relevancy.   rebuke with all authority” (Titus 2:15, KJV).
          There is no question that we are living in  And for added emphasis, Paul exhorted
        times of transition. Changes are not only  Timothy, “Take heed unto thyself, and unto
        occurring in society - changes which most  the doctrine … thou shalt save thyself and
        of us never envisioned - but we are also  them that hear thee” (1Tim 4:16, KJV).
        living in times of change in assembly life.   Doctrine is vital to pleasing God and liv-
        The precepts of Scripture must never be   ing for Him. Whenever it refers to divine
        bartered for size or appeal; the principles   truth, “doctrine” is always in the singular;
        of Scripture, however, will undoubtedly   it is not a group of “doctrines.” You can-
        be applied differently in each generation.  not compromise part of the truth without
        The Day                              endangering all the truth; you cannot sacri-
          The Lord has “sown” us during a time   fice truth concerning the assembly without
                                             sacrificing truth concerning the person of
        of unprecedented ungodliness and evil in   Christ. Doctrine stands together as one
        society. The days of which Isaiah spoke,   coherent inter-related entity.
        when men call good evil and evil good,
        are the days in which we live (Isa 5:20).    The Devotion
        While every generation has doubtless felt
        that theirs was the most difficult in which   Difficult days call for unwavering devo-
        to live for God, the moral decline in our day   tion. There is always a danger of being
        has been precipitous; it has moved with a   devoted to “truth” but losing sight of the
        speed that even its most optimistic propo-  Author of truth. In our devotion to the truth
        nents did not anticipate. The successes of   of God, let us never forget the primary
        militant atheism and cultural relativism   call to be devoted to the God of Truth. To
        show the wisdom of Satanic strategy for   compromise truth is to deny the One who
        the last days.                       is Truth (John 14:6). “The day defines the
                                             deed.” Faithfulness to David the king was
        The Doctrine                         admirable when he sat upon the throne.
          But we are not consigned to a fatalistic   When he was forced into exile by the Ab-
        acceptance; we need not resign ourselves   salom rebellion, devotion took on a totally
        to  “holding  on”  until  the  Rapture.  We  new significance. It was then that a hitherto
        have the deposit of truth, just as former  unknown man, Hushai, stepped from the
        generations had. In his closing Pastoral  shadows and earned for himself eternally
        Epistles,  Paul  made  several  appeals  as  the title “David’s Friend” (2Sam 16:16). To
        well  as  charges  to  Timothy  and  Titus  be known as His friend in that day is well
        concerning the “deposit” of truth. “That  worth living for in this evil day.

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