“Retain the standard of sound words which you have heard from me, in the faith and love which are in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 1:13).
The Weights and Measures Division of the U.S. Government was established to promote uniformity, regulations, and the standards necessary to achieve equity between buyers and sellers in the marketplace. In similar fashion, when God called us into the life faith, he did not leave us to our own intuitive desires, subjective whims, nor the ever-changing tide of cultural authorities that tell us what we should think on any variety of issues. When his Spirit inspired the biblical writers to record the things they had seen and heard, God was establishing an objective standard by which our understanding of him could be measured. Gut-feelings are a poor substitute for the standard of sound words set before us.