1 Timothy 6:3-4 If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness, he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself.
Paul anticipated there would be those who would oppose his teaching (those who do “not consent to wholesome words”), preferring to admonish a rebellion against the empire. Many times I’ve seen leaders of churches derail their purpose by getting deeply embroiled in trying to change the government, change legislation, change society, when the high priority of the church is to save lost people and to make them disciples of Christ. There may be people in our churches engaged in these things, but the pulpit should not be hijacked by any purpose that focuses the people and the resources and time of the church on anything but reaching lost people for Christ.
When we become so result-orientated that we live out the principles of God for the benefit promised, rather than obedience to Jesus in the fear of God, we have wandered precariously close to this Scripture. In the context, “useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth” would mean that those who have come to Christ believe that will free them from their obligations as slaves, and that the more godly they become, the more they have a right to the “gain” of freedom and what would be considered normal living. This thinking will corrupt us and we will live crookedly in the end, trying to increase gain in our life.
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