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Heresy is going to be as common as dirt throughout the church age ... but you however are as immutable as the Savior in whom you reside ... you do not change!
Paul warns Timothy of the folly of false teachers cloaked in the appearance of godliness. His instruction to Timothy is to know the truth of the gospel so that you may recognize error specifically those who deny the power of God.
A PARABLE is a short, simple story designed to communicate a spiritual truth.
The words we say leave marks for good or for bad. In Proverbs 12:18, and other related passages, we learn that those who speak recklessly hurt. They do not think carefully about what they are going to say and so inflict serious damage on those around them and even themselves. In contrast, those who speak wisely heal. The words spoken by the wise are words at their very best. They are, above all, true, while also being few, calm, and timely. Such words may come in the form of encouragement or even a loving rebuke that often results in healing for the recipient and blessing for the speaker. So, wisely speak the truth in love by thinking before you speak, anchoring your words in the truth of Scripture, and being motivated by love for others with a view towards benefitting them through your words.
In these last words of an apostle, who will soon be executed for the convictions of his faith, Paul instructs young Timothy through the guidance of the Holy Spirit to not engage in word wars (v. 14). Church was never meant to be a theological Berkley where every man gets equal air time to espouse what he thinks about metaphysical truth. We are not a people who evolved out of a melting pot of religious ideas. We are a people who are born again through the cleansing effect of God's divinely revealed word. By the power of His Holy Spirit we were created anew in Christ; not as a people of psychology or philosophy, or human speculation, but a people of the word. Which is why we diligently work to rightly handle every verse of Scripture (v. 15). Thus verse 16 ... we avoid irreverent babble, worldly chatter, the speculating ideas of Darwin, Spencer, Skinner, Freud, L. Ron Hubbard, Joseph Smith, or Charles Taze Russell because once you mingle the faulty rhetoric of fallen man with the divinely revealed truth of a holy God, the result is always heresy and it spreads like gangrene (v. 17) causing people to swerve from truth (v. 18) resulting in dishonorable vessels (v. 20) that the Master of this great house cannot and will not use because a steady diet of error is displeasing to a holy God of truth. Thus vessels for honorable use have to be clean ... head (v. 21) and heart (v. 22) then in today's text he deals not with the what of verse 16, or the why of verse 21, but the how of verses 23ff how we are to communicate with spiritually dead men.
Pastor Alix preaches about those of whom God is not ashamed. Are you among them?
Looking at John's message to the churches concerning obedient belief and love as well as his warning to the believers concerning the traveling false teachers. Also, we look at what substitute gospels false teachers bring to us today.