Sunday, February 18, 2007

1 Timothy 6:3-5

3If anyone teaches false doctrines and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, 4he is conceited and understands nothing (pompous ignoramus). He has an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions 5and constant friction between men of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain.

Verse 3: We have heard the issue with some teaching false doctrines. Now Paul outlines what they should be teaching: the gospel of Jesus Christ who is the ultimate origin of faith (“godliness”). Their abandonment of Christ (the Gospel) is their grave error. NOTE: we must watch our doctrine closely. Preach the Word of Truth and not man-made ideas or theories that sound “godly” or even originated in truth but are now empty and at odds with the Gospel.

Verses 4 – 5: First Paul describes the false teachers as conceited and understanding nothing. They are what we would call “know-it-alls” and thus think too highly of themselves when they actually understand nothing. Second he says they have an unhealthy “morbid craving” for controversy and quarrels about words (logoi = “words” and mache = “fight”: “word battles”).

So, when these teachers abandoned the Gospel and instead argued and quarreled they bread envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicion and constant friction between the people. They also became men of corrupt minds – robbed of the truth. This lack of truth is then evidenced in their thinking that godliness is a means to financial gain (or profit). Note: Be careful and analyze those you listen to including, but not limited to, some (not all) messages and preachers that are on “Christian” TV and radio today.

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