I Timothy 1-6: The Danger of False Teachers

As I urged you when I went into Macedonia—remain in Ephesus

that you may charge some that they teach no other doctrine, nor give heed to fables and endless genealogies,

which cause disputes rather than godly edification which is in faith.

Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith,

from which some, having strayed, have turned aside to idle talk,

I Timothy 1:3-6, NKJV

 

One of the most consistent problems that has plagued Christianity since its inception has been the prevalence of false teachers. False teachers arise from a number of motives and for a number of reasons. Some come about because they want to serve Christ, but in slightly different ways than have been commanded, because they want to do their own thing. Others seek power, so they twist the Scriptures in such a way as to make that happen.

 

Some don't really have bad motives, they are just ignorant of what the commands are because they do not have a depth of study. They latch on to their favorite verse or philosophy and simply do not add to their knowledge. Others still want everyone to be saved (just as God does), but they want to tweak the commands so that they are easier for everyone.

 

Whatever the reason or motive, whatever the intention or lack of purpose, the result of these false teachers is always the same: They are teaching a different doctrine than commanded, and this has the effect of placing their souls in danger. On the other hand, the purpose of God's commands to hold to the truth is "love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith."  

 

And God does not want us to stray from these virtues because doing so will cause us to stray from His path of salvation. You may have noticed in your readings so far that just about every book and letter of the New Testament contains warnings against false teachers. If God thought this to be such an important warning as to inspire the New Testament writers to bring it up so often, then it would be wise for us to heed that warning. And the best way to avoid the false doctrine of these false teachers is to be aware of what the truth is. This can only be discovered through the Word of God.

 

This is why we are reading it!

 

The readings for the next few days is from I Timothy 1-6. The teachings contained within this short letter will help guard us from the pitfalls of following false teachers and their dangerous doctrines.