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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Having A Form Of Godliness

  • Scripture Passage Being Examined:
          -"Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away." (2 Timothy 3:5)
  • Commentary On 2 Timothy 3:5:
          -The entire context of this chapter is about the admonition to remain in apostolic tradition and the coming of false teachers. In this particular verse, the Apostle Paul was instructing his fellow-laborer Timothy to avoid people who have a godly appearance, yet stand in contradiction to the teachings and precepts of the gospel. In other words, Paul was exhorting him to separate himself from professing Christians who do not have the character of or stand in accordance to the doctrine of our Lord Jesus Christ. People who are either opposed to the growth of God's church or have a neutral standing regarding holiness are those who deny the transforming power of the Holy Spirit to change the lives of repentant sinners into sainthood. This biblical principle of examination is certainly applicable to members of the Christian church in modern times, for there exists false versions of the one true gospel as brought about by false teachers and people are lukewarm. We must continually remain conscious of people who only possess a superficial level of godliness because they are a source of spiritual deception to all the people that they encounter.