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1Timothy, Chapter One, Lesson One

CORRECTING ERROR            Page 5
V. 3 (cont’d.)

** Timothy’s method for “Correcting Error” fell into two camps. What was the first thing he was to do?

“...instruct certain men not to teach strange doctrines...” Instruct translates the word parangello which means “to command”. cf. Titus 1:10-11, Acts 20:30

** What does Paul mean by “strange doctrines”?

Heterodidaskalein - “to teach strange doctrines” Paul may have coined a new word here, from heteros (“of a different kind”) and didaskalein (“to teach”).

** This first form of error can sound pious or religious, but has a demonic origin; even though it can be
structured in thought and organization. Should we ever spend time “Correcting Error” like this?

Absolutely, we have been prepared with God’s precious truth and should be ready and able to defend it against all forms of demonic doctrine.(e.g. Mormonism and Jehovah Witness doctrines.) cf. 1Timothy 4:1, 2Timothy 2:24-25, Titus 1:9 and Jude 1:3

V. 4 ** What does the second form of error look like according to Paul in verse four?

“...myths and endless genealogies...” We do not know the specifics of their heresy, but we do know something about those who would propagate this error.
cf. 1Timothy 1:7 - Teachers of the Law (They were Jewish)
1Timothy 4:3 - False Asceticism
2Timothy 2:16 - Worldly and empty chatter
2Timothy 2:17-18 - False teachers easily infect others with their Satanic lies, leading people
“astray from the truth”.

** Can you think of a modern day example of this foolish, worldly chatter which leads people away from the truth about Christ?

The New Age movement, or any other thought on man’s part which is based upon fairy tales or the mindless “philosophies of men”. cf. Colossians 2:8

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