Left cold

1Ti 1:3 As I urged you when I was going to Macedonia, remain at Ephesus that you may charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine,
1Ti 1:4 nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies, which promote speculations rather than the stewardship from God that is by faith.
1Ti 1:5 The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.
1Ti 1:6 Certain persons, by swerving from these, have wandered away into vain discussion,
1Ti 1:7 desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make confident assertions.
1Ti 1:8 Now we know that the law is good, if one uses it lawfully,
1Ti 1:9 understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who strike their fathers and mothers, for murderers,
1Ti 1:10 the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine,
1Ti 1:11 in accordance with the glorious gospel of the blessed God with which I have been entrusted.
1Ti 1:12 I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service,

The bickering and debate among even the reformed Christians lately has left me a little cold. Whatever happened to humble and obedient service to God, who appoints church leaders and gives clear instructions on what should be taught.

The fact that we are debating what is meant what God meant to tell us is baffling to me. In some areas there are probably some ambiguity, but in the essentials not.

As a student of Christian philosophy, I can only conclude that those who chose to debate and try to water down the gospel are more intent on imposing their worldview on others, be politically correct cultural slaves and egotistical snobs than attempting to simply and unwaveringly preach the gospel.

Paul warns Timothy against exactly that. There seems to be a lack of “pure heart, good conscience and sincere faith”. Anything that mentions God is applauded as sincere and worthy efforts, which are all meant to “pull seekers closer”, and then hopefully, they will choose God.

The question is, what kind of God are they choosing? It is one made up by the imagination of those who have allowed themselves to be blinded by the world.

Saying that God works in mysterious ways is sometimes true, but our responsibility as teachers of the word of God is perfectly clear. We are to spread the gospel, the whole gospel. We are to support those who cannot help themselves. We are to teach sound doctrine, not taking away nor adding to the word of God. We should not even humor those who want to engage in vain discussion.

Life is too short to not do what God demands of us. He gives us the strength to teach what He has entrusted us with.


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