Day 70~ 2 Tim 1-4
“Avoid godless chatter because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly.” (2:16)
I think this verse stuck out to me today because I commented yesterday on how Paul had told Timothy to “train yourself to be godly”. He had said the way to that training was to be “brought up in the truths of the faith and of the good teaching” that they were following. (1 Tim. 4:6)
So now today we are learning how important it is to keep up with the godly training and to guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in you.” (2 Tim 1:14)
Why do we have to guard it? Because, “Some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.” (1 Tim. 4:1) 😲
Paul was probably speaking as a first hand witness to what becomes of people who engage in godless chatter. Picture it, Phygelus and Hermogenes were working with Paul. They had been helping Paul in his ministry, maybe setting up home groups to discuss this new religion. But as Paul was making a tent or meeting with other people, those two started talking with people about their faith, maybe even getting so caught up in persuading, they started to quarrel over words (2:14). They kept talking with these guys to the point they started believing something different than what Paul taught. In short order they lost their bearing on what was truth. They started to become more and more ungodly (vs16). They even started to persuade others to believe as they did (2:18).
Perhaps this new way of thinking stated that people didn’t need to turn from their sin (2:19).
Sounds like a particular teaching that is happening in certain denominations of Christianity today! 😳
What an illustration to what can happen when one does not know "truths of the faith and have good teaching"! I’m going to keep reading, stay in training to be godly, and guard what what I have!
Like I said on Day 68, I’m going to go with what the Bible says.