Disregard of Sound Doctrine. Second, people at this time “will not endure sound doctrine” (v. 3). The word, “endure” (Gk. anechomai), means, “put up with, bear with.” “Sound doctrine” is from the Greek, hugiaino didaskalia.281 Hugiaino denotes “to have sound health, i.e., be well (in body); figuratively, to be uncorrupt (true in doctrine).”282 It is where we get our word “hygiene.”283 Didaskalia is “doctrine, learning, teaching”284
Matthew and Mark used a similar word, hugies,285 of people whom Jesus healed. Matthew wrote, “And he stretched it out; and it was restored whole [hugies] as the other” (Matt. 12:13; cf. Mark 3:5). Previously, disease disfigured the people. Now Jesus made them “whole” or sound.286 Soundness then, means wholeness.
Applied to doctrine, soundness means the state of being pure and true. There is no mixture of impurity and untruth. It is pure metal, not an alloy. Thus, sound doctrine is true teaching (1 Tim. 1:10; 5:3; Tit. 2:8). It is healthy, hygienic, wholesome, true, biblical teaching—uncorrupted by false teaching. It is “doctrine contributing to the health of the soul, or to salvation”287 “such as is revealed in the word of God.”288
According to D. Edmond Hiebert, sound doctrine does not just build up people in the faith. It also “protects against the corrupting influence of false teachers.”289 However, people in these last days will not put up with sound doctrine. Again, the verb form is middle voice. The middle voice refers to the subject as doing something to itself. Thus, they shall not bear with true teaching themselves. They shall not patiently endure it themselves.
281 Strong, Strong’s Greek Dictionary in Power Bible CD.
282 Strong, Strong’s Greek Dictionary in Power Bible CD.
283 Merritt, “Pastoral Leadership in a Postmodern World.” Cited __ Online: http://www.uu.edu/centers/rglee/fall03/merritt.htm.
284 Strong, Strong’s Greek Dictionary in Power Bible CD.
285 Strong, Strong’s Greek Dictionary in Power Bible CD.
286 Stott, 2 Timothy, 43.
287 Barnes, Barnes’ Commentary in Power Bible CD.
288 Family Bible Notes in Power Bible CD.
289 D. Edmond Hiebert, “Titus,” The NIV Study Bible (ed. Kenneth L. Barker; Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1985), 1851.