True Or False

September 13th, 2012

1 Timothy 1:1-11RG AUDIO 091312

There is a game that is played at social gatherings which involves each person saying three statements about themselves; two true and one false. In turn, the rest of the group must guess which of the three statements is false.

In Paul’s letter to Timothy, he begins by warning him about false teachers. During this time, the church at Ephesus had heretical teachers among their people. These were people who taught false doctrine, caused divisiveness, sought high position, and basically didn’t know what they were speaking about. Paul charges Timothy to correct these teachers and set them on the right course of God’s truth. However, his correction should be done through godly love.

What are the keys to avoiding and correcting false teaching today? First we must keep a pure heart. Second, we must keep a clear conscience. Third, we must keep a sincere faith. These three things working together in Christlike love will help us speak and live out God’s truth, as well as not falling into the trap of believing false teachers.


One Response to “True Or False”

  1. Barbara Says:

    September 13th, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Thanks for your hard work on the website. I’ve not been able to attend lately due to my mom having knee surgery and being placed in a rehab. Right as she was released from rehab, I came down with bronchitis. It was a good thing for her because she is needing to take the next step of therapy (doing for herself — of which she wasn’t going to do as long as I was around). She was going to have me stay with her for a couple of days.

    Anyway, to use this program whereas we study the text, I’m assuming “comments can be made,” Therefore, here’s my two cents worth:

    l Timothy 1:5 states: “The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.”

    In my search for the right faith in the Christian religion (right doctrine), I’ve found that while those that we perceive as false can many times have their understanding with a scriptural basis and maybe not searched as thoroughly as needed. So what’s the answer.

    As for me, notice the text says “goal.” Goals are where we’re to be when we reach the finish line. Judging is not listed in the biblical definition of love, nor in the fruits of the Spirit. Therefore, after we have prayed, and petitioned from God to help us search out the matter to HIS glory, we are to agree to disagree and treat that person the same as a brother or sister in Christ.

    The “enemy” is false doctrine not that person,

    PS – Besides missing the fellowship, I’ve missed your sermons.

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