to the Master - Part 1
WORLDLY CHATTER Page
V.15 ** By contrast, instead of arguing against all
of the error put forth by false teachers, what are we to do?
"Be diligent...to handle "accurately the word of truth".
(All see - 1Peter 3:15)
** Do we do this for the approval of others or even to please ourselves?
We work hard at being accurate with God's truth so that we might be
approved by Him!
(cf. Galatians 1:10, 1Thessalonians 2:4)
Our greatest desire is to hear from Christ, "Well done, good and
V.16 ** If we were to become engaged in "worldly and empty
chatter", to what would that ultimately lead?
"...to further ungodliness..." Not only are the actions of
false teachers ungodly, but engaging them in debate will cause even
V.17 ** If we fail to avoid these arguments, how will that effect
"...their talk will spread like gangrene." Fast and devastating,
leading to amputation or death!
** Why is that? Why does the world open itself up to the Satanic lies
of false teachers?
Because men love their sin and are at war with God, so they would rather
hear the doctrines of demons than the truth of God's word regarding
(cf. James 4:4 and 1John 4:1 & 5)
** Is this threat of false teachers hypothetical?
No! There were two infamous characters in their midst at the present
time who were doing these
Hymenaeus - Who had been put out of the Ephesian church over
one year prior to this writing, along with his partner, Alexander. (1Timothy
Philetus - The replacement for Alexander, now a year later,
in spreading their false doctrine.
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