“Unfortunately, preachers who distort God’s Word are all too common today. Sometimes this springs from a sincere desire to soften hard hearts, but hearts aren’t changed by compromise.”  – Alistair Begg

Passing on the Truth                    1 Tim 1:1 – 7

 

“The surf was good yesterday”, somehow becomes … “You should have seen the surf yesterday, I had the best waves of my life, it was all time, I got 40 waves every wave a barrel”. Chinese whispers is a term applied to this process of shared stories. These occur when a story starts with one person and by the time it gets to the end of the line of people the story has changed considerably. These happen without trying. We each here slightly different things and a different emphasis attracts us to elements of the story.  It is so easy for something to be related incorrectly. Let alone how some people deliberately distort the truth.

1 Tim 1: 3 As I urged you when I was going to Macedonia, remain at Ephesus that you may charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine, 4 nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies, which promote speculations rather than the stewardship from God that is by faith. 

Here in 1 Tim1: 1-11 Paul is concerned with passing on, teaching and preserving the truth of the gospel. As Paul describes it in vs 11 the glorious gospel of the blessed God with which I have been entrusted.

This is the Gospel and teaching Paul has in turn entrusted to Timothy and ultimately has been entrusted to us. This is the Good news the message of God passed on to us the evangel message. We like Paul and Timothy are called upon to pass on this message to others in an accurate manner. We and Timothy must know and teach only what God has said.   He has spelt it out here in the scriptures, otherwise we can pass on  a misrepresentation or error or someone else’s message.

vs 3 tells us that here in the church in Ephesus certain men are deliberately teaching false doctrines they distort the message of God and promote myths.

Why would they do this? Is there extra knowledge that is not in the bible that some might know? Deut 4:2: 12:32 Prov 30: 5-6 & Rev 22: 18 – 19. I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, 19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.

The verses above clearly warn us re adding to or taking away from the word revealed by God. To teach special or extra interpretation or prophecy, well that clearly contradicts detracts or adds to the word. This person and these men are stating that what God has revealed is not sufficient for the people and so he has given them special knowledge ability or revelation; they are somehow special. There are people who claim similar thi nags today.

So if God has directed them we should be able to see the fruit of Gods investment in them… What is the fruit of this special teaching…

vs 4  … promote speculations (controversy) rather than the stewardship or Love vs 5.

vs 6 … Certain persons, by swerving from these ( the Gospel truths), have wandered away into vain discussion, ( these teaching draw people away from the gospel and evangelism / sharing Gods message of Love, into side issues)vs 7 tells us of the fruit in these mens lives… desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make confident assertions.  ( these men desire prominence and influence not for the furthering of the Gospel but for proud self asserting self serving reasons)

* So here we have a good measuring cup for truthful teaching. Promotes the Gospel and Gods great love not controversies that divide and draw away. It also lifts God high not the men who bring it. It matches Gods word it doesn’t add or detract from it.

“A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.”  ― G.K. Chesterton,

“I may err but I am not a heretic, for the first has to do with the mind and the second with the will!”  ― Meister Eckhart

“Unfortunately, preachers who distort God’s Word are all too common today. Sometimes this springs from a sincere desire to soften hard hearts, but hearts aren’t changed by compromise.”  – Alistair Begg

“Parables are told only because they are true, not because the actions of the characters in them can be recommended for imitation. Good Samaritans are regularly sued. Fathers who give parties for wayward sons are rightly rebuked, Employers who pay equal wages for unequal work have labor-relations problems. And any Shepherd who makes a practice of leaving ninety-nine sheep to chase after a lost one quickly goes out of the sheep-ranching business. ― Robert Farrar Capon,

“The parables are true only because they are like what God is like, not because they are models for us to copy. It is simply a fact that the one thing we dare not under any circumstances imitate is the only thing that can save us. The parables are, one and all, about the foolishness by which Grace raises the dead. They apply to no sensible process at all – only to the divine insanity that brings everything out of nothing.”  ― Robert Farrar Capon,

“"The parables are true only because they are like what God is like, not because they are models for us to copy. It is simply a fact that the one thing we dare not under any circumstances imitate is the only thing that can save us. The parables are, one and all, about the foolishness by which Grace raises the dead. They apply to no sensible process at all - only to the divine insanity that brings everything out of nothing.”

― Robert Farrar Capon,”