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Run From Traditions of Men That Make Void The Word of God

Issue #2165 October 21, 2009

The Church in Ruins (Brief Thoughts on II Timothy), Part 32

“Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away” (II Timothy 3:5).

Paul is very clear about what Timothy’s response was to be concerning religion, he was to “turn away” (II Timothy 3:5), just as the members of the Body of Christ had “turned away” (1:15) from Paul. Some might have thought it best to stay in among the religious form, with the hopes of recovering others, but this is human reasoning. The way of divine instruction is to “turn away.” This phrase “turn away” is Paul’s sixth such plea for members of Christ’s Body to separate from this imitation “church” known as Christendom.

• “Shun” (2:16)
• “Depart” (2:19)
• “Purge” (2:21)
• “Flee” (2:22)
• “Avoid” (2:23)
• “Turn Away” (3:5)

These are all clear words. These are all serious words. Each of us must turn to the Scriptures and answer, by the context of II Timothy, the following questions:

What was the “iniquity” from which Timothy was to “depart”?
What was the “great house”?
Who were “these” from which Timothy was to “purge” himself?
From what youthful “lusts” was Timothy to “flee”?
From what were their hearts to be “pure”?
From what “such” was Timothy to “turn away”?

(to be continued)

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
Bible Student’s Notebook
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