A Devotion Based on 2 Tim 3:1-17

Paul sent these letters to Timothy as a reminder and exhortation regarding the welfare of the church. He is warning Timothy about the corruptions within because the church people had the tendency to follow any teachings as long as they could indulge their wicked ways.

The threat of false teachers was rising up within the church. They took advantage of new believers and younger widows by teaching and giving them instructions based on their perversion of the Gospel and ungodly living. They lured people by keeping godly outward appearance. They looked religious but they actually lived so far from God’s standard; with no knowledge of the redeeming power of the Gospel.

Verse 2-5 contain further warnings about the wickedness of people in church. Men were money-loving, boasting of having what they did not have, proudly thinking of themselves as better than others, criticizing others in insulting manner, disobedient to authority, indulging themselves, and on and on and on.

Please note because this is the important part: Paul was not talking to Timothy about unbelievers but of the believers! These problematic people were members of the church he had planted! He was rebuking these selfish Christians who were acting as false witnesses to God’s transformational power.

Then Paul encourages Timothy to remain strong in faith and follow Paul’s perseverance as an example (verse 10-11) and by holding on firmly to the Scripturethe product of God’s creative breath, God-inspired ; and by that to help believers fulfill the work of the ministry and live godly lives.

The answer for fake is real. The answer for bad teaching is good teaching. And the only good teaching in the Church must come out of the Holy Scripture – that’s the only teaching that can produce good fruits.

If Christianity is true why are not all Christians obviously nicer than all non-Christians?…If conversion to Christianity makes no improvement to a man outward actions…we must suspect that his ‘conversion’ was largely imaginary… Fine feelings, new insights, greater interest in ‘religion’ mean nothing unless they make our actual behavior better;… In that sense the outer world is quite right to judge Christianity by its results.Christ told us to judge by results. A tree is known by its fruit;…
When we Christians behave badly, or fail to behave well, we are making Christianity unbelievable to the outside world… Our careless lives set the outer world talking; and we give them grounds for talking in a way that throws doubt on the truth of Christianity itself. 

– C.S. Lewis (Mere Christianity)