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  The DEFINED King James Bible: Definitions For Change

Sound Doctrine = Doctrine That is Free From Disease?

Jesus said, "My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself." John 7:16, 17 

As you read this article, ask yourself this question:

Is D. A. Waite, Jr.'s definition of the very common word, "sound," as it is used in "sound doctrine," speaking what God wants him to say or is he repeating the words of a stranger?

Sound, as in "sound doctrine" appears four times in the King James Bible:

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; 1 Tim. 1:10

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 Tim. 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. Tts. 1:9

But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: Tts. 2:1


What does "Sound," in "Sound Doctrine" Mean in the Bible?

The word, "sound," as in "sound doctrine," has a specific meaning in the Bible:

Founded in truth; firm; strong; valid; solid; that cannot be overthrown or refuted; as sound reasoning; a sound argument; a sound objection; sound doctrine; sound principles. [emphasis mine][1]

"Sound doctrine" is doctrine that is founded in truth. Sound doctrine is "in exact accordance with that which is, or has been; or shall be" [2] and as such it cannot be overthrown or refuted no matter how diligently Satan's servants work through the sphere of religion to do so.


What Does D. A. Waite, Jr. Say "Sound," in "Sound Doctrine" Means?

D. A. Waite, Jr.'s DEFINED King James Bible says that "sound," as it is used in "sound doctrine," means "healthy." (This statement is in reference to 2 Timothy 4:3 and Titus 2:1)

"Sound" can mean healthy in the correct context, but "sound" (as in sound doctrine) does not mean healthy in the King James Bible.

Is doctrine something that can be be described as healthy? What does "healthy" mean?

Healthy means having good health, or doing what is conducive to health:

a. Being in a sound state; enjoying health; hale; sound; as a healthy body or constitution.

1. Conducive to health; wholesome; salubrious; as a healthy exercise; a healthy climate; healthy recreations.

Health: the condition of being sound in body, mind, or spirit; especially : freedom from physical disease or pain [4]



Sound doctrine does not mean healthy doctrine—doctrine that enjoys health.

Sound doctrine is doctrine founded in truth.

Note: Please see footnotes 5a and 5b for important notes about D. A. Waite, Jr.'s treatment of "sound" in 1 Tim. 1:10 and his shocking definition for "doctrine" in Titus 1:9.



[1] Webster's 1828 Dictionary -- "sound" Definition #8

[2] definition of truth as found in Webster's 1913 Dictionary

[3] Webster's 1828 Dictionary -- "healthy"

[4] Miriam-Webster Dictionary --"health"

[5] [a] D. A. Waite, Jr. chose not to draw attention to "sound" in 1 Tim. 1:10. He ignored "sound" in sound doctrine in this particular text. [b] In a footnote for Titus 1:9, Waite bolded the word, "doctrine" and defined it as "healthy"! Please note that this spiritually undermining "error" is found in my copy of The DEFINED King James Biblethe 11th printing. It has not been corrected in spite of annual reprintings of this work since 1998.

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