“Hold fast the form of sound words”
(2 Timothy 1:13)
The basis of the local church position.
God chose to use words as the vehicle of thought from His mind to ours. The words God gave are pure words—every one of them. (Ps.12:6; Pr. 30:5). It is not the “great truths” or “doctrines” but the actual wordS that God jealously affirmed and promised to preserve (Ps. 12:7; Mt. 24:35; Rev. 22:18-19; Mt. 5:18). Therefore it is impossible to fully grasp the truths of God without a careful consideration of the actual words He uses. We study them literally, grammatically, contextually, allowing the Bible itself to define them.