Right Faith, Right Practice
1 Timothy 6:3-5
I. Right Faith, Right Practice
A. The teaching of doctrine must translate into godly living or something is wrong! Something could be wrong with the doctrine, the teacher, those who are hearing the teachings, or 'all of the above.'
II. The false teacher (1 Timothy 6:3-4a)
3 If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, 4 he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words,
A. Paul is writing about people who have been exposed to sound teaching but have decided to disagree with it, they then progress to teach others their false version of the 'truth'.
B. They are 'puffed up and conceited' to believe that their opinions are higher than God's regarding Scripture. Though they might sound knowledgeable, because their teachings are flawed, they really have no understanding and not to be listened to.
C. They question Scripture not to find out the truth but to cast doubt, thus justifying their own disobedience to what the word is saying.
D. Do not be fooled by false teachers for they are able to present themselves as very knowledgeable and godly people. (1 Corinthians 11:13-14)
E. False teachers are dangerous to believers, we are spot them by their 'fruits'. But in order for us to discern 'fruits' we must have a proper knowledge of Scripture. (Matthew 7:15-18)
III. The people who listen to false teachers. (1 Timothy 6:4b-5)
...which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, 5 and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain.
A. Though these people are in the church, their minds have not been regenerated. They have been exposed to the truth of Scripture, but someone or something has pulled them away from it.
B. Their Christianity is used in a self-centered and self-serving way. Their view is shaped by their own fleshly desires and false teachers confirming this type of mindset and lifestyle through their teachings.
C. In the last days sinful attitudes and actions will increase in the church as false teachers increase. Repentance is rarely taught because false teachers do not want to offend anyone. (2 Timothy 3:1-5)
IV. How can we have the right faith?
A. Having a right faith will translate into godly living because according to Scripture those who believe have died to sin and have been raise up to new life. (Romans 6:1-4)
B. Without the truth of God's word, people will live unrestrained, lost lives. God's word must be taught to His people, if it is not, they will be like sheep without a shepherd, dangerously vulnerable to false teachings. (Proverbs 29:18)