Daily Devotion

False Teachers and False Teachings

Created: Friday, 10 May 2019 02:45
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1 Timothy 6:3-5

The circumstances of life in the ancient world presented the false teacher with an opportunity that he was not slow to take. On the Christian side, the Church was full of wandering prophets, whose very way of life gave them a certain prestige. The Christian service was very much more informal than it is now. Anyone who felt he had a message was free to give it, and the door was wide open to men who were out to propagate a false and misleading message. On the heathen side, there were men called sophists, wise men, who made it their business to sell philosophy.
 
Any message that does not come from the Lord Jesus and does not carry with it a fervent call for godliness and holiness is a different gospel than that presented in the New Testament. Paul returns to the discussion of false teachers informing Timothy what his judgment on such people must be. Modern indifference to extra-biblical doctrine is unapostolic and ignores the clear admonitions in this and other New Testament letters. The false teachers at Ephesus outwardly practiced "godliness" in order to gain an abundance of riches. They were driven by an underlying motivation of greed and taught that their wealth was a sign of God's approval on their teaching.
 
Believers should be content with the basics of food, clothing, and shelter. If special financial needs arise, we must look to God to provide (Psalms 50:15), while we continue to work (2 Thessalonians 3:7-8), help those in need (2 Corinthians 8:2-3) and serve God with generous giving (2 Co 8:39:6-7).
 
Life Application
Meditate on 1 Timothy 6:9-11. He says, "The love of money is the root of all evil." We must not desire riches for the wrong reasons.
 
Praise/Prayer
Dear Father, how thankful I am to be Your child. You know all my needs. You are my everything, my all in all. All my life You have met my needs and healed me when I was sick. I love being a child of Yours. Hallelujah, Amen!
 
 

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