“For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth, and turn aside to myths!” 2 Timothy 4:3-4
The great god ‘Entertainment’ amuses his devotees mainly by telling them stories. The love of stories, which is characteristic of childhood, has taken fast hold of the minds of the retarded saints of our day, so much so that many manage to make a comfortable living by spinning yarns and serving them up in various disguises to church people. What is natural and beautiful in a child, may be shocking when it persists into adulthood, and more so when it appears in the sanctuary and seeks to pass for true religion!
Ungodly Gender Influences from the USA
One of our daily local newspapers here in Northern Ireland, the ‘Belfast Telegraph’ has a Saturday Religion Page, edited by one Alf McCreary. Mr McCreary is a liberal journalist, who attends a Presbyterian Church (Presbyterian Church in Ireland). His own local ‘pastor’ is a woman, and predictably, every year coming up to the election of the moderator of the General Assembly, he uses his column in the paper to campaign for the election of a woman to that post. (It’s none of my business what another denomination does about its leadership elections, but to my mind, the election of a ‘woman moderator’ is of little relevance, compared with the ordination of woman elders, after all, the moderator is largely just a figurehead, not an ‘archbishop’ – the real offence against the Scriptures is to place women in a teaching position in the church which they are not entitled to hold.) Read more…
Timothy Gets His Battle Orders
Text: 1 Tim 1:18-20
In this study, let’s see the details of Paul’s charge to Timothy, a young Christian worker:-
1. WARRIORS – Called to the Task! This charge I entrust to you, Timothy, my child, in accordance with the prophecies previously made about you, that by them you may wage the good warfare,
Paul reminds Timothy of his calling to serve the Lord. Timothy’s ministry was marked by:- Read more…
Paul Praises God for His Grace – but Look at the CONTENT of His Praise!
Text: 1 Timothy 1:17 Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Suddenly and without warning, Paul bursts into a spontaneous song of praise to Almighty God, in verse 17. Paul often does this, – praise flows from our understanding of what God has done on our behalf, worthless sinners that we are. What does Paul’s praise sound like? Is Paul praising God for what he (Paul) has done, some act or work or saving merit of his own, or for what God has done FOR HIM?
The Chief of Sinners
Text: 1st Timothy 1:15-16
Throughout the pastoral epistles there are five sayings that begin with the words, ‘This is a faithful saying…’ This is the first of them. I want to look at the effect that this mission of Christ to save sinners, had upon Paul himself; for it is in that very context that he makes this ‘faithful saying.’ Look firstly at:- Read more…
Slavery and Subservience
A Model for a Christian Work Ethic?
Text: 1 Timothy 6:1-2
Servants are ‘bond-servants’ δουλοι. NKJV translates this accurately as ‘bond-servants.’ The Greek word for master is δεσπότης. Their ‘despot’ – absolute master! Why would believers not release their slaves, and why would all the Christian slaves not rise up in a great rebellion and overthrow the masters; why not have a slaves’ trade union, and refuse to work until slavery was done away with? Read more…
No Other Doctrine
The law is good if one uses it lawfully!
Text: 1 Timothy 1:3-11
Timothy’s mission in Ephesus will not be an easy task – he MUST understand the purpose of the law. That is imperative, – for there are two classic errors that Christians can make, just by not fully appreciating the purpose of the law.
- They could fall into the trap of antinomianism! The belief that the law was no longer relevant, and could be ignored. Now bereft of any standards at all, the Christian could live any way he or she liked. Lawlessness.
- They could fall into the trap of legalism! Where Christianity is nothing other than a list of rules, so that the Christian life just becomes a burden, a burden where often we fail to keep our list of rules and then become real hypocrites by criticising others who don’t keep the same rules that we can’t keep ourselves.
So just after his greeting and his blessing, Paul writes, ‘We know that the law is good, if one uses it lawfully.’ So, Timothy and the local church, and the people with strange ideas, and … yes, we too, must understand the purpose of the law. Read more…