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To: Rob Smith <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Friday, August 26, 2016 7:39 AM
Subject: sound teaching
In 2 Timothy 4 the apostle Paul is close to his own death. He's writing some final words of exhortation to his younger disciple, Timothy. One of these struck me this morning: (verse 3) "For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths." I have been concerned that people are not reading the Bible, especially the New Testament, and accepting its words. Instead they'd rather listen to people who are popular in the current culture....even the Christian culture who attempt to redefine those words. One example comes from other the letter Paul wrote to Timothy (1 Timothy). In chapter 2 of that letter Paul provides teaching in verses 11-14 about the role of women in the church. The instruction is that women should not teach or exercise authority over men in the church and the timeless reason given is that Adam was formed first...before Eve (verse 13). In verse 14 Paul goes on to recount "and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor." Clearly this context goes beyond the local church at Ephesus. It's roots go to the formation of mankind. There is something different about God's design and intent for men and women that has nothing to do with equality (Galatians 3:28) between them but everything to do with God's sovereign plan. Some truths are not comfortable in contemporary culture, but culture must not be allowed to redefine scripture.