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False Teaching

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Having looked at the core teaching on why the false teachers were wrong, the class now looks at the other main pasages in the Pastorals that deal theologically with the false teaching.


1 Timothy 4:1-5

4:1a — These problems should come as no surprise

4:1b — Instead of being devoted to gospel ...

4:2 — False teachers were hypocritical liars

Specifics of their false teaching — 4:3a

Paul’s answer

1 Timothy 6:2b-10

Begins with the transitional statement (6:2b)

Centers in on the false teachers (6:3-5)

1. Is a person’s teaching contrary to biblical theology?

2. Does their teaching lead to godliness?

Paul spells out downward spiral that ends in their/our moral failure

1. “Puffed up with conceit” even though they “understand nothing”

2. Ignorant conceit leads to unhealthy desire for controversy

3. Downward spiral continues

4. Final results: depraved minds

Paul adds an example of depraved and deprived thinking (6:5b)

Series of medical metaphors

There is great profit in godliness (6:6-8)

Great gain in godliness — a life totally consecrated to God

Profit of Godliness isn’t concerned with what I have

Godly contentment means that we will be content with the basics of life

Godly contentment is contrasted with loving financial “profit” (6:9)

1. Starts with temptation

2. These temptations become a snare

3. Plunged into ruin and destruction

Paul concludes: “the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil” (6:10)

Fee: why would anyone want to become rich?

The only profit there is in loving wealth is the pain of more temptations

Titus 1:10-16


V 10 — Jewish (also v 14)

V 11 — House churches; motives

V 12 — Epimenides (600 B.C.)

V 13 — Rebuke sharply, but remedial

V 15 — Ritual cleanliness

V 16 — Root/fruit — 2 Tim 3:5

Titus 3:9-11

2 Tim 2:14-3:9

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