14 Keep reminding God’s people of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen. 15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. 16 Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly. 17 Their teaching will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, 18 who have departed from the truth. They say that the resurrection has already taken place, and they destroy the faith of some. 19 Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.” -2 Timothy 2:14-19 (NIV 1984)
First let me apologize for not having anything at all up for a while. Work has been very hectic. The good news is that many people still visit the archives! Which is great. Today will not be a long teaching or something that is too hard to grasp. Just some things that I have noticed.
People love to quote verse fifteen saying they are studying God’s Word faithfully! However, they forget the concept of context. They forget that verse fourteen which says to avoid quarreling words, i.e. Starting arguments. Arguing with people is never a Christian thing to engage in. All it does is ruin your witness to others. Unfortunately, too many in Christendom engage is this detestable behavior.
Verse fifteen in context means to stay away from the previous things (and what is listed in the following verses), live the Christian life and study God’s Word.
Verses sixteen and seventeen tells Christians to stay away from Gossip and those who indulge in it. It says their teachings will spread like gangrene and just like a leg that is infected and must be cut off, so must these people from our lives. They will lead Christians to ruin and “DRAMA.”
Verse eighteen targets a specific teaching that some believed the resurrection has already happened (which it hasn’t). This was a heretical teaching that was spreading amongst early Christians.
Verse nineteen tells us what real Christ Followers will look like. They are truly God’s children and they will turn away from wickedness. They will not engage in “DRAMA,” gossip, Godless talk and the like. They will turn away from these things to follow Christ and His teachings.
Too many “Christians” are in churches spreading gossip, false teaching, and evil throughout it and the only recourse is for us to cut these people out of our lives, like we would an infected limb on our bodies that has been infected by gangrene; because if we don’t do this, we will end up dying spiritually and falling into their trap.
How about you today? Have you fallen into this trap? If so it is time to repent, and your repentance must be as public as your sin was. If it is gossip it is time to stand up before people and repent. If it is evil teaching or talk, you must do the same. Will you have the spiritual fortitude to do so? The choice is yours.