1 Timothy 2:9 “In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with braided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;”
1 Timothy 1:3 As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine, 4 Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do. 5 Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:
“This is the divine order: 1) A good conscience, 2) Faith unfeigned, 3) A pure heart, 4) The charity of the thirteenth chapter of I Corinthians – the perfect love that [cordially and lovingly regards the wisdom of God’s law].” The efficacy of the commandment here described is quite different from the description and understanding of the liberal teachers. Note: Not just charity, conscience and faith, but; a pure heart, charity, good conscience and unfeigned faith. Indicating there are such things as love without purity, conscience without goodness and faith that is feigned (pretentious). See Pretense I John 5:1-3; Law, Moral Law, Ceremonial Law;
1 Timothy 1:9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, 10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;
Note the list of transgressors; there are many different kinds. The list begins with, 1) the lawless, (459, anomos, no regard for, not subject to law). It is the spiritual maverick, the moral renegade, the libertine he begins with. 2) The disobedient, (506, anupotaktos, insubordinate, refusing to be ruled or governed). 3) Ungodly, (765, asebes, to be unlike God, impious, irreverent). 4) Sinners, (268, hamartolos, sinful, rebels against God). 5) Unholy, Evildoers, those who have pleasure in doing evil. 6) Profane, (952, bebelos, Heathenish). 7) Murderers, of fathers, (3964, patraloas, Father hater, Patricidal). Murderers, of Mothers, (3389, metraloas, Mother hater, Matracidal). 8) Murderous, murderers. 9) Whoremongers, (4205, pornos, a male involved in selling sex). 10) Defilers, (733, arsenokoites, Sodomites, homosexuals). 11) Menstealers, (405, andrapodistes, an enslaver of men, bringing men to your feet, attracting men to manipulate, control). 12) Liars, (5583, pseustes, a falsifier, dishonest). 13) Perjured, (epiorkos, lying while under oath). And if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine. What do we live by? Sound doctrine! A sinner, then, is anyone who lives outside of sound doctrine.
1 Timothy 2:9 In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; (Proverbs 7:10; Isaiah 3:16-24; Read Phillip’s Translation).
Shamefacedness (127) aidos, bashful toward men in the sense of not being brazen or attracting men to yourself. Sobriety (4997) sophrosune, Having selfcontrol by control of the mind (sanity). Modest Apparel (2887) kosmios, Good orderly taste in the decorous sense. Here are the three qualities that Spirit-filled women will possess. They apply to her visible, external demeanor. It seems that it does matter what’s on the outside. See Holiness, External.
Modesty: A virtuous mind watching over the sex attractions of the body. Modesty is the wisdom of decency. Any life under the control of the Holy Spirit will exhibit a super sensitivity to indecency. Here is another one of the 1,050 commandments contained in the Word of God. You will never hear this portion of scripture being taught or discussed in liberal or Charismatic circles. Why? It is a scripture that deals with the moral restriction of the body. One radio preacher heard quoting this scripture, actually mocked it! See Romans 12:2.
THE PEARL PRINCIPLE
Here is “the pearl principle.” Many modern Christians who place great emphasis on worship and praise, eager to prove their spiritual faith and love, do not even attempt to comply with this simple commandment. “This is the love of God, that we keep His commandments.” John 5:3. It is non-compliance with the least of the commandments that encourages further sensuous behavior which ultimately leads to moral collapse (apostasy) of the church. The least commandments disobeyed only indicate least obedience. See I Corinthians 2:15. Commandments such as this act as the banks on a raging river. When the banks are washed opened and the waters break through, there is no way to control where the waters flow and no end to their destruction. Morals are like water, once the inhibiting commandment designed to contain the raging evil potentials of human nature are broken, overrun, there is no end to the destruction and grief it brings. The commandments are lines of moral limitation the wisdom of God has prescribed. Faith in God is reflected in our faith in His commandments (recommendations, Word). The Christian is giving love, trust and credence to God when he or she regards them. Deuteronomy 5:0: 7:9; I Timothy 1:5. Granted many holiness people so concentrate on the battle of the body and it’s sanctity, they become vulnerable in the other spiritual areas of the life. We can become so intent on body discipline that we let down in the cultivation of charity, kindness and compassion. To correct this we do not stop practicing whereunto we have already attained, but rather retain what we have achieved and cultivate and bring up to par the grace (teaching) that’s to be added. Philippians 3:16.
1 Timothy 2:10 But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.
“Men are to pray with uplifted holy hands. Women are not to adorn themselves with braided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array, but with modest apparel, shamefacedness, sobriety and good works. Such adorning will substantiate the very highest professions of godliness (vs. 8-10).””Can we by any stretch of imagination reconcile a present-day bathing suit with this command to wear modest apparel? Every time a woman puts on a bathing suit and goes out in public, she defies this plain command of the Bible. …a man is [not] anymore justifiable in wearing present-day [scanty] bathing [attire] than a woman.” (Roy Mason) “Proper clothing has always been a deterrent to sin. And, conversely, undue exposure stimulates sinful thought, language and conduct.” ANON Every Christian fellowship would be greatly enlightened, their fellowship with God richer, and their testimony enhanced if they would make a careful and in-depth study on the subject of modesty and shamefacedness. If the church had held the line on modesty 50 years ago and made it an issue of social law, pornography, child molestation, rape and homosexuality would not be threatening society today. The church let down the standard on these “small matters” and in doing so created an atmosphere of license that licentiousness was incubated in (lawless and unrestrained behavior).
1 Timothy 2:15 Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.
Sobriety speaks of having proper control of the mental faculties. The Greek word, SOPHRO, means soundness, a well functioning mind. The word Charismatic comes from the Greek word, CHARIS, meaning joy. A very common emphasis Charismatic in the modern Gospel movement is on “joy.” It’s almost what we might call a “Pentecostal Cosmetic.” They smile, they act out their pleasantries, they talk about money, blessing and love, but when a religious movement takes on lightness, replacing seriousness and refusing to commit themselves seriously, making the total of religion joy, it falls short of the seriousness of true religion. Several things happen when a church takes joy as its trademark.
1. The seriousness of deep prayer and intercession is usually lost, or negatively affected. Moral doctrines, holiness, separation from the world become abandoned teachings. Hebrews 12:14.
2. Joy and levity are almost the same things. Levity has always been a destroyer of serious moral thought and behavior. Proper regard for traditional values toward church and leadership are minimized.
3. Serious matters – the blood, the toil, the tears, the persecution, the poor, doctrine, sin, repentance, restitution, confession, judgment, modesty, fear of God are all things ignored by those given to lightness.
4. Shallowness of doctrine can be the only outcome. They talk of “deep things,” but indeed, our old holiness Fathers who had no education and spent hours alone before the Lord, were the men who preached deep and touched the heart of man with grace.
Before Jesus comes, the church will get dead serious! Following are some of the errors the lighthearted modern Gospel has produced that are unbiblical and evidence of an unregenerate mind:
1. That a church gathering is a time and a place to have a good time, be entertained and have social fellowship. I Corinthians 5:1-13; 14:33,34; 2 Corinthians 13:1,2,10; I Thessalonians 5:14; I Timothy 1:3; 5:20; 2 Timothy 4:2; Titus 1:13.
2. That the tradition or teachings of the Fathers has held us in bondage. Legalism is not for the church today. I Timothy 6:3-5.
3. That to dress in a dignified and modest manner as a Christian is bondage. (Psalm 119:35,52,54,77,92,103,113,119,127,128, 129,140; I Timothy 2:9.
4. That God accepts us the way we are. John 3:7; Romans 12:2; 2 Corinthians
5:17,18; Colossians 3:5-9.
A Charismatic radio station stated, (emphasis ours) “The Lord is revealing to us some very wonderful and new things in these last days. The Holy Spirit is bringing us out of the bondage of the past, giving us new freedom and new joys.” How can anyone actually believe that departure from biblical principles and traditions (clearly set forth in the Word) is of God? 2 Peter 2:19. It is easy to see today that the delight of modern Christians is more and more the idea of freedom in the flesh and not freedom from sin. The vocal fundamental stresses the fun state of flesh rather than the moral state of the spiritual man. Their twisted, shallow theology equates indulgent flesh pleasures in the world environment as “God’s blessings” – a complete departure from the spiritual life’s obsession and pleasure with pleasing God morally and personal perfection as the saints highest pleasure.
1 Timothy 3:2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;
BIBLICAL LEADERSHIP QUALIFICATIONS AND THE MODERN TREND.
Just as the priests of the Old Testament had to qualify and be without blemish, so are there qualifications for New Testament church leaders. Leaders must be more than personable Charismatics with broad appeal. The personality cultists stress visible beauty, charm and charisma with some intellectual accomplishments as desirable, but these are not the principles upon which the church of Jesus Christ bases its choice of leadership. We must return to requiring holiness character qualities of church leadership. A Leadership clean past, a pure heart and a righteous message. We’ve become the church age without biblical requirements for church leadership. If you’re skilled, of reputation, suave, beautiful, or have other external aesthetically appealing qualities, the personality cultists declare you “in.” More and more, character is becoming less and less the concern of those who train for leadership in the neo-movement. Our qualification Character standards for leaders have gone from character to personality. In fact, some denominations, and in particular leaders within fundamental denominations, find it desirable to purge their ranks of men who emphasize holiness of life and personal character. They are denied credentials, ignored or severely warned not to preach against certain forms of worldliness, such as television. This trend has speeded up the moral corruption process within the denominational churches. The Bible standards for the ministry sets the moral tone for the whole church. Blameless. Irreproachable. Impossible to lay any charge to. Hence a bishop (spiritual overseer or elder) is without any fault or wrong doing in his past, as well as the present. One Wife. No matter the culture, as God intended from the beginning – one man, one wife. This would also embrace the idea of men having several wives by divorce and remarriage as not allowed the exemplary position of spiritual elders. The idea of “one wife” is speaking of and embraces the prior qualification of “blameless.” If we are speaking of Divine standards for the ministry then anything but the complete moral idea of one wife ever, present and past is the only comprehensible conclusion to be made. It is used to imply to be free from the influence of intoxicating beverages. However, it also means just simply being watchful for any and all evil influences. Sober. Close to vigilance in the Greek and probably intended by Paul to be an extended meaning of the prior qualification. The Greek word SOPHRON (4998) meaning self-control, moderate in opinion or passion (Strongs). See I Timothy 2:15, Sobriety. Good Behavior. Orderly or modest, reserved, set apart, humble. Hospitality. To make people and especially strangers feel welcome, friendly. Apt to Teach. The man of God must have a message! The essence of the ministry is not having a position with God or man, but having a message from God for man! This word is DIDAKTIKOS (1317) in the Greek, from which we get the English word, didactic meaning intended to or for the purpose of instruction. The spiritual leader should possess the quality of instruction in his message. Note: Of seven leadership qualities, five have strong moral qualities. These are the Bible’s requirements for the personal lives of the ministry. Five are moral, two are practical – all equally important.
1 Timothy 4:2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;(John 8:9; Acts 23:1; Romans 2:15; I Corinthians 8:7)
Conscience comes from the Latin word, con, with, and scio, to know; therefore, “to know with.” It is the moral faculty of the soul. The Greek word, suneidesis (4893), a knowing with oneself. In clinical language psychologists in the past have referred to conscience as “super-consciousness” implying awareness of right and wrong. Conscience is also referred to as moral consciousness (Strong’s), moral intent, moral awareness, moral faculty, and moral sense. See I John 3:20-21, Conscience. “Although the conscience should be supreme in the moral sphere, that does not mean that it is infallible. Just as the other faculties are limited and liable to err, even in their own special fields, so Conscience has its limitations. For this reason it should be enlightened and disciplined as much as possible, just as must all the other faculties. It would be strange if the other powers of the human mind were fallible and the conscience alone was infallible. If conscience were thus endued, there would be no need of a special revelation from God, such as we have in the Bible.”
THE EMPOWERED CONSCIENCE
When the Spirit of Christ joins the human spirit in regeneration, the mind becomes morally sensitized (spiritually alive and activated) with a keen new sensitivity that perceives the harmony of good and what it brings, as well as, awareness of the antagonisms of evil if tolerated. Conscience is an innate, distinct faculty of the soul giving it moral perception that is absolutely essential to man’s survival. The Genesis account of Adam and Eve being aware of their nakedness after violating the commandment, Genesis 3:7-8, was the first record of a violated conscience and how it reacted to the feeling of guilt. Modern theologians would have us to believe that conscience is something that is developed in man, but the scripture reveals that God created man with conscience. Proper discipline and the teaching of biblical principles to children in the years of infancy and puberty help form and activate the conscience. See notes I John 3:22.
1 Timothy 4:7 But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness.
The Christian who is occupied with perfecting of his/her life will be too busy to become involved, distracted or tempted with the base pastimes of the foul or worldly.
To exercise thyself means to be in training as one who competes in the games. It speaks of intense effort. Exercise is gumnazo (G1128) the word we get gymnasium from – a place of training and self-discipline. Training for what? The achieving of the God-like state. W. E. Vine says of eusebeia, “that piety which, characterized by God-ward attitude, does that which is well pleasing to Him.” To become perfect as He is perfect demands a rigid discipline and some intense effort if we are to gain this crown of holiness. 2 Timothy 2:5; 3:17.
1 Timothy 4:8 Godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.
This word godliness is used frequently by Paul in this epistle to Timothy. 2:2; 3:16; 4:7-8; 6:3,5,6,11.
1 Timothy 4:12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. 14 Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.(2 Timothy 2:22)
Sin confessed and not forsaken is not forgiven. John’s letters were all laden with this word, Truth. Warning: Consult a pastor before proceeding with confessions. You may save yourself and others much hurt and shame by not “over-confessing.” Sometimes confessing things to a person you violated (unknown to them) can cause unnecessary wounds and scars. Here is another list of virtues worthy of a word study, especially directed to the young of the church. The key word is example.
1 Timothy 4:16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee. (Psalm 141:5)
Oh, the supreme place doctrine fills in bringing stability and soundness to the church. All of the moral ills of the church would be healed, all heresy, all forms of disorder, wrong government and worldliness would be instantly healed if the church should return to giving “heed,” EPECHO, (1907) to take hold upon, to pay strict attention to, doctrine.
1 Timothy 5:22 Neither be partaker of other men’s sins: keep thyself pure..
To allow others to influence us and lead us away from the paths of holiness is to be “partakers of other men’s sins.” Don’t allow it! In a good sense, we are “the captains of our own fates and the masters of our own souls.” Keep thyself pure is from HAGNOS, “from the same root as HAGIOS, holy.” (Vine) It means uncontaminated, to disallow impurities.
1 Timothy 6:3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; 6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. 9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. 10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
The tragedy of industrializing the Gospel is that men fall into behavior patterns and don’t realize it. They are motivated by money and deny it. Where is the Holy Spirit? They know His power, but know very little of His holiness. The word that stands out in this text is the word contentment in verse 6. To avoid the errors and excitement of all this lust, this mad rush of the mercenaries; To keep from being galvanized by all the flesh and superlativism, we will find that contentment that is only in godliness.
1 Timothy 6:11 O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
Follow (DIOKO) actually means press toward, or to pursue. What are the first things to be pursued? If there is any priority implied in this list of kingdom qualities we should note that righteousness (to deal justly, right action) precedes faith. The modern “faith teaching” that insists we can have all of God’s promises and blessings by faith might do well to give more attention to the spiritual truths and doctrines of righteousness and godliness. We have the “faith” to receive God’s blessings – they are not even on this list of pursuits! Let the holiness people pursue righteousness and godliness. Much can be told about us by what we are pursuing. Titus 2:11,12.
2 Timothy 2:19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.”
2 Timothy 1:3 I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day; 7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,
The holy calling is a call to holiness no matter what other ministry, message or mission God gives us. The bible does not contain a message of holiness, the message of the bible is holiness and the calling of every soul that comes to Christ seeking eternal life. Holiness is the first message and the supreme element in all true ministries. The holy calling here is speaking of moral performance, the moral evidence of being devoted to God in obedience, conduct and attitudes. 2 Corinthians 7:1; Hebrews 6:1; I Peter 1:15; 2 Peter 3:11.
2 Timothy 2:5 (KJV)
5 And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully. (See Matthew 7:21)
A man is not crowned for striving … but striving “lawfully” (3545, NOMIMOS, legitimately). Unless he strives lawfully, according to the rules of the game.
Salvation is on God’s terms, only! When the athlete enters the games of contest he must know the prescribed rules or he disqualifies. There have been many heartbreaks at the finish line! Some run the race like real “winners,” but it’s at the finish line when the judges get out the rule book and declare his disqualification. All of his training, his time, his dreams swept away at the finish line! From champion for a second to the abyss of loss and despair – at the finish line. Just think: After months of training, yes, for some it’s years of training. The crowd is cheering as he takes the lead. His body is straining into the void before him – the crowd is on their feet – oh the glory of it all! The roar of the crowd only seems to give him supernatural strength. Seeing the finish line he makes even more mental demands on his body until he feels he is flying through the air buoyed by the roars of the crowd. The ribbon snaps, he falls exhausted in the cinders. The crowd grows strangely silent. He looks up to find one of the judges standing over him with a frown, “There’s been an infraction of the rules and you have disqualified yourself!” Christian, don’t be misled by the excitement of those cheering for you. It is God at the end of the race and not the crowd we must please!
2 Timothy 2:19 (KJV)
19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
MORALS AND SPIRITUALITY
It was once thought that to be spiritual necessarily implied morality. Anyone who is truly spiritual is also highly moral. Many modern Christians who themselves worship and confess Christ, are openly amoral and indifferent toward the moral practices and teachings of the holy. At a non Christian church wedding held in Canada the Charismatics were the first to get onto the dance floor with their partners. Spirituality is first of all morality. This difference between morality and spirituality may be a key to understanding what is happening to the depth of conversion experienced by new Christians of contemporary churches. In the last two decades we have witnessed an awesome lack of moral transformation in the lives of those who come to Christ. Especially in the initial experience of repentance there is often very little moral change in the life while there seems to be some definite emotional or spiritual change in their life. Forty years ago, before the fundamentals had fallen so deeply into compromise with the world, there was a depth of moral regeneration in converts that is not common at present. The modern preacher and evangelist is preaching a spiritual rebirth without any concern for the moral rebirth of the convert. According to this text (and many others), spiritual rebirth and moral rebirth are synonymous. When a person becomes a “new creature” it implies first of all that he is a new creation morally. We mean by this that his values are transformed and that now he is sensitive to right and wrong (sin) in the environment. With the Holy Spirit joined to his human spirit, his associations, his language, his goals in life, and especially his regard for the world are morally transformed. 2 Corinthians 5:17. However, we have new converts becoming spiritual toward the person of Christ, recognizing Him as deity, as Savior, as Redeemer, in a sense that Christ is real and becomes a personal friend to us, but that this “new friend” does not make any unreasonable demands upon our lifestyle, including our morals. The Spiritual message becomes stronger and stronger, the moral message is becoming weaker and weaker. Christianity has become a sentimental slushpot of gushy, emotional loyalties to an invented Christ who does not even exist! Pastors and teachers are emphasizing a relationship with the person of Christ, while at the same time we are more and more negating or eliminating the existence of moral change. It is to teach Christ as Savior and not Lord. It is common now for Christian converts to “receive” Christ, to receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit, to associate and have their friends within the church, to attend church functions, but with little or no evidence of change due to a holy sensitivity of right and wrong in their life. They have no secret prayer life, continue to smoke, divorce and remarry. They continue to practice dishonesty in the businesses, cheat on taxes and practice erotica. This is neo-anomianism (new no-law). Neo-anomianism in practice is a spiritual life without moral conviction. The new birth does not mean to the Laodicean church what it did to the Philadelphia church. The Philadelphia church believed that a new moral life was the essence of a new spiritual life and that the two were joined and that indeed new morals were indicative of the new birth. Revelation 3:10. Where the Laodicean philosophy simply advocates a new birth without new morals. The neo-anomianism is more of an experience that simply adds a spiritual awareness and a spiritual knowledge to the life that we had before acknowledging Christ. So, the neo- fundamentalist is still very much a believer in Christ, but the emphasis upon the worship of Christ is a subtle form of ugly selfishness to divert our attention from the pursuit of moral perfection and obedience to the moral law. The amoral Christian believes that this praise and adoration brings the blessing, riches and favor of Christ upon them. They create a conditionless gospel that disregards obedience to the word. They worship a different Christ than the Christ of the word who (according to a false faith perspective) is obligated to bless them. So their religion is based on what they receive from Him in return for their worship and praise. To boil it down to the bottom line, it is “easy believism” that makes me a recipient of God’s blessings with no obligation to obey any moral precept … the epitome of apostasy. Truth and reality are lost in all of this positivism. See Apostasy, Jude. Could we say that according to Revelation and the seven messages of Jesus to the church, especially the message to Laodicea, which is a description of the church age we live in, that the church corrupts when it begins to emphasize regeneration over transformation. For while regeneration speaks of the new birth, transformation speaks of the new life of holiness, moral changes in my complete personality which includes those changes of values which in turn will dramatically manifest themselves in the appearance and behavior of the Christian. See Romans 3:20; Transformation, Perfection, Grace. In the present day neo-antinomianism (new against law) philosophy, we want a Christ without moral law; we want a Gospel without commandments, we want regeneration without transformation, we want the therapy and good feelings of the new birth, but we don’t want to accept the inconveniences of discipleship. We want to use the Christian language, but we do not want to fulfill its meaning. We want to mix our praise with rock, worldliness and television personalities, we want to reverence God and also have the freedom to tell jokes of bad taste about Him. We want the truth, but only selections of it. We want the Lord who heals our bodies, but not the Lord who heals our morals. We want love without law. We want peace without righteousness. We want joy without obedience. We want contentment without godliness, and Christ as Savior, but not as Lord. When we think we can have spirituality without morality, we have created an illegitimate Gospel.
2 Timothy 2:21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.
“Honor, sanctity, usefulness in every good work, is only gained by separation from all dishonorable vessels in God’s house.”
2 Timothy 2:22 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
Did not our Lord speak of the pure in heart? Paul brings it up again. We learn from him the occupation of the pure heart; it calls upon the Lord as it pursues holiness in the form of righteousness, faith, love and peace. Read verses 21 and 22 together. Does it tell us that in every house there are the old stained vessels we use out in the garden and for not-so-glorious purposes? And then there are the beautiful vessels usually placed in the china closet or hutch where they can be seen. We use those vessels of honor when special company comes. Does it say we never keep these vessels in the same cupboard? Does it say the vessels of honor should be separated from the baser vessels? Is that what these verses say? Pure hearts should stick together. I Timothy 4:12. What many young Christians do not understand is just how many of the things they believe in and practice in the modern churches are very recent practices and beliefs in Christianity. They are new customs. For 1900 years our ministers taught holiness and character as the chief subjects of the church. Holiness, purity and godliness were the themes of every fundamental pulpit. But those who have come into the church in recent years have never heard the message purity and separation from the world! The spiritual condition and the message of the majority of churches today is a phenomenon of recent years (1950 to the present). Before this sweep of liberalism gained prominence, cosmetics, expensive clothes, jewelry, athletics, shopping on Sunday, movies, worldly entertainment, public bathing, slacks and pants on women, sleeveless dresses, shorts, sexy dress high heels, rock sound were not tolerated in the churches who believed in saving grace. These are recent practices which became entrenched within the church in the last generation of the church’s history. Younger Christians should be more understanding of the older Christians who feel the pure Gospel has been betrayed and who cannot accept this new wave of carnal apostate spirit corrupting the church today.
Youth has played the biggest part in bringing many of the changes into the church. It was tolerated by the older Christians to “keep the young people,” when it all started. Then those young people we “kept” went on to Bible school, received ultra-liberal teaching, becoming pastors and teachers themselves until liberalism snowballed into a generic form of complicated religious permissiveness and apostasy. Many older Christians did not change with the others, but retained belief in holiness and heart purity as the chief message of the Gospel and we believe in the end our salvation is secured in Christ. 2 Timothy 2:19
2 Timothy 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, 7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Some of Paul’s terminology leads one to believe that he is possibly describing moral traits of latter day Christian conduct rather than unregenerate society. Reasons follow:
1. These are, and always have been, the traits of violent sinners.
2. “Unholy” could mean to assume these are supposedly holy.
3. “Without natural affection” is common among the unregenerate.
4. “More than lovers of God” would be an abnormal trait in a Christian, but certainly normal in society.
5. “Having a form of godliness” almost convinces us he is describing a pseudo church – a professing church with amoral doctrines.
6. If these were sinners, would Paul instruct us to “turn away” (v.5) from them or preach Christ to them?
7. These are proselytes having sensual motives, immoral in conduct.
8. “Ever learning.” Apparently possessing knowledge, but without truth.
DISTINGUISHING INFORMATION FROM TRUTH
This is the age of information. Even in Christian circles, we have a wonderful access to biblical history and the original languages that no man will be held guiltless who does not avail himself of the truth that has been put into our hands in these last days. The stronger the spirit of the Antichrist becomes and darker it gets, the greater access to truth the average Christian has to establish the truth and to know the instructions Jesus and the disciples have given to us. But, does information constitute truth? Truth is made up of facts with the intent to relate actuality. The word information implies to be informed. Information does not imply complete knowledge. Truth implies the disclosure of all the facts in such a way that you leave a right impression. In the matter of truth; 1) We cannot be selective, 2) It demands response. In other words, truth reveals facts that demands that we act accordingly and acknowledge with some regard or suffer consequences. On the other hand, information is the accumulation of selected facts based on personal knowledge and then we often select that knowledge according to our preferences. Truth does not tolerate the matter of preference. Truth will not cater to a knowledge that is not dedicated to having all of the facts and then acting on the basis of facts, rather than upon the basis of personal preference. Information is “ever learning and never coming to the knowledge of Jesus Christ.” When one has with sincerity of heart sought truth (the absoluteness of God’s preferences), rather than information (personal and humanistic preferences that accommodate body lifestyle), the result will be a God inspired moral change in life. Truth breathes the power of God into life. In fact, the power of the Word rests in the fact that it is truth. Information is a secular or religious pursuit that can even cause one to be puffed up (“knowledge puffeth up,” I Corinthians 8:1), but truth has no evil side effects. Information: It may inspire and that inspiration can be taken as a divine thing, or a divine experience, but in most cases, is not.
Truth: The unbiased passion for achieving knowledge of actuality.
Information: Lacks the virtue of actuality, does not imply the virtue of actuality and many times does not even contain truth.
Actually, and this is the truth; Truth is not in facts but in a man’s heart and spirit. That love for the truth begins in a man’s heart and he seeks the facts and arrives at actuality because he possessed truth in his inner man. Ephesians 3:16.
2 Timothy 3:8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.
He also brings out the fact in verse 8, that one of the chief characteristics of liberalism is they, like Jannes and Jambres, withstand God ordained ministries. They withstood the Divinely appointed system of government and order (truth of scripture).
2 Timothy 3:12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
“Will” is from the Greek word THELO, desire, determined, intention. There are other words that carry the idea of opinion or acquiescence – but not here where Paul says “all that will (are determined, have the desire) to live godly…” – THELO!
2 Timothy 3:14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; 15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
” ‘Furnished’ is translated ‘perfected’ in the margin; so this passage would read thus, ‘ The man of God may be personally perfect – thoroughly perfected unto all good works.’ This double work of personal and practical perfection is accomplished, inspired, profitable, doctrinal, reproving, corrective, instructive scripture. Bible holiness is the only true holiness.” A popular neo-Christian idiom states, “we just get people to Jesus and the Holy Spirit does the rest.” This is a stupid conjecture and reveals an utterly oversimplified and dishonest handling of scripture. The scripture is given to us by inspiration of God and is profitable for, 1) doctrine, 2) for reproof, 3) for correction, 4) for instruction in righteousness! This scripture is worthy of a Greek word study. Consult your reference books. Paul didn’t say “by foolish preaching souls shall be saved.” He said it is by the “foolishness of preaching” that souls are saved. Or, by the simplicity of preaching! This theological foolishness results when we take little bits of scripture and use them to support our own carnal ideas. Solid doctrine produces solid holiness, solid saints and solid churches. The Word of God is a sovereign force. It is Word of God the tangible moral power of the divine nature. The only way the nature of God will be transferred to the human life in transforming power, is through the Word of God to the mind. John 17:17; Romans 12:2. The Word must be preached in tones of reproof, correction, instructing in righteousness if perfection is the goal. If perfection is not the goal, these qualities will intentionally be omitted from the message. Saul went out, I Samuel 15:23-24, against the Amalekites and spared everything that was good, against the commandment of God, which was to destroy everything, including Agag the king. Saul went out against the Amalekites, and without a pang of conviction, allowed the people to persuade him to spare the goodly things, the garments, the gold, the fat sheep, and destroy the things that were refuse, useless and sickly. He made his way back rejoicing with his small army. On he went with the bleating of the sheep and the lowing of the oxen in his ears all the way … and never felt a thing! But when he met Samuel, he was confronted by the godly judge (not yet feeling a thing). When the prophet began to raise his voice denouncing him with those cutting words, “know that rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft and stubbornness is as the sin of idolatry.” Then he felt conviction! He came to himself and confessed, “I have sinned.” It was the preaching of the prophet that finally brought conviction and confession of sin. When preaching that deals with the sins of the people ceases, conviction it brings ceases with it. David apparently continued in his sins for months, committed adultery, lied, deceived, murdered and broke most of the commandments and above all, the greatest of the commandments, “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself” (Uriah was apparently the literal neighbor of David, because it was while David was on his housetop that he looked over upon the rooftop where Bathsheba was taking her bath). But one day one of the king’s chamberlains bowed before King David and announced Nathan the prophet had come to speak to the king. Nathan approached King David and began telling him of a rich man who thoughtlessly slew his servant’s pet lamb. David rose up in fury shouting judgment! Suddenly his voice was cut off by the shout of the prophet! Nathan’s finger shot out into the face of David, “Thou art the man!” David stared at the prophet’s finger pointed at him. The altar call was given and the king fell in repentance before God. It was the hard preaching of the prophet that saved King David’s soul! And it’s still the preaching of the Word of God that instills the holy nature of God in His people. What kind of new Christianity we have today is the result of a lack of hard preaching. If God’s people are to be holy, they must set still for the Bible holiness message.
2 Timothy 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
Most televangelists celebrities have built their empire on the advice of men trained in modern business procedures and techniques, and it works! They are called Image Makers. I was approached in Dallas by the image makers and sat before a panel of media specialists and professionals who promised me a six figure income and make my name a household name in America if I would turn my ministry completely over to them. In that room were specialists in media advertising, a publisher, TV specialist in promotion and several other professionals. I was leaving on a missionary trip within days but the more they talked the more flashing red lights came on. It works for IBM, for Kodak and for Westinghouse too. So, it’ll work for a man who wants to succeed in the religious field if he can afford that initial investment (professional fee). The Holy Spirit certainly has changed His ethics of ministry since 29 AD if what all we see today is of God. In an affluent society, Christians are being manipulated into the amoral trend of the big beautiful “new thing God is doing.” Media ministries and super evangelists have created a parachurch condition never known in a previous church age. It is a unilateral monstrosity! A media church movement that operates separately and apart from local church authority, and yet it controls it. It is a duo-church, a coalition type governmental structure, a dichotomy which the Holy Spirit did not create and certainly has no precedent in the in the New Testament. The direction of the church no longer lies with the authority of scripturally installed ministries, but of self-appointed, self-made media celebrities who openly display their arrogance and answer to no authority but themselves. Under these conditions, government and the orderly arrangement of the church, (which part God entrusted to man), has become shattered. Local church authorities are ignored by church members who prefer the often sick faith philosophy of their TV idol over the local church efforts to produce an environment of teaching more conducive to character development. Media ministries emphasize personality and conditionless positive faith philosophy. The local church tended more to the conditional aspects of character development. But pastors and churches have had to capitulate – sainthood and sanctification is no longer the objective of the church. To keep the people they had to turn to the sham of a personality (body-oriented) Gospel. In the mad race to turn Christians into clientele we have industrialized the Gospel and turned grace into a Hedonistic philosophy. It is impossible to enforce discipline in this environment. In the super-church there is only faith, music and entertainment. It accommodates the idealism of a human desire for religion without the supernatural character of holiness. It is commitment to God on my own terms without any symbols of authority to diligently assure a quality of spiritual life. We love it! Milton T. Wells called it, “easy-believism.” This kind of parachurch relationship makes it all but impossible for the local pastor to enforce discipline.
WHAT IS A CHARISMATIC?
Webster’s new 20th century dictionary unabridged makes an interesting observation;
Charismatic: A special quality of leadership that captures the popular imagination and inspires un-swerving allegiance and devotion. Joy is one ninth part of the total Christian character – not nine tenths. It is one of many qualities of the individual Christian life, but it is not the image of the church collectively. Nowhere in New Testament passage do we find the church referred to as a movement of joy in the universal sense. We are a peculiar people, a royal priesthood, but we are not referred to in scripture as “Charismatic.” The church is described in many ways, but we’re not here having a party – this is war! There is no record of the early church leaping around us if they had been released from a tank of laughing gas. Politicians are Charismatic. Con-artists are Charismatic, adulterers and fornicators of Hollywood are Charismatic, and even the Anti-Christ will be Charismatic. This projection of Charismatic personality does not leave the right impression of biblical Christianity. It is far removed from the deep work of the Holy Spirit in character development, morals, holiness of life, separation from the world and in the purity of Christian character. Joy apart from holiness is spiritually superficial and impotent. Charismaticism is the projection of personality religion. The exploitation of a non-holiness religion. True Christianity is the exploitation of character values. The word Charismatic has an extremely worldly connotation. It smacks with glamour and natural aura. It is the world that calls it’s stars, Charismatic. The church doesn’t need new names and new movements with emphasis upon smiles and pleasantry, we need prophets. There is no such thing as a Charismatic Christ.
WHY MEN FOLLOW WRONG LEADERS
1. There is a tendency in human nature to migrate toward authority figures (achievers).
2. It follows that there is a paradox in man’s nature that is complimented by the above fact; namely that the nature of man has a paradoxical tendency to be a slave. We may ask, “Why does a man want to be a slave?” The reason is simply that by being under the authority of someone we become dependent upon them and our need and hunger for security is satisfied in the person we submit to. By being a slave to some power figure we become dependent upon them and find a sense of security. Christ the Son of God is that divine authority figure sent to satisfy these capacities in the psyche of man. When we misplace our sense of security and place our loyalty in a human, even though he be a Christian teacher, we have misplaced our faith and affections in human resources. Our faith should be placed directly in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ and His written Word with no intermediary ministries, power figures, or achievers between us except those ordained as pastor shepherds over us. True God ordained ministries will not demand a loyalty to them contrary to biblical ethic, but will rather uphold the biblical concepts of church government and Christian character. There are many fine media ministries that represent a clear and legitimate ministry to the body of Christ by means of radio who are not man-made. They are easily discerned by the holy, and too often poorly supported.
A HISTORICAL FAITH and CONTEMPORARY FAITH
The struggle in the fundamental world today is drawing its lines between the two camps of, 1) Historical religion, which is a remnant of fundamental Christians holding to the traditions of the Fathers, and 2) The contemporary religious movement which occupy themselves continually with the denunciation of historical religion and arrogantly project an amoral religion that accepts Christ as Savior, but not as Lord. See Romans 3:20-28; Lordship.
THE CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN
1. Holds that the old time religion stress upon separation from the world was a mistake of the last generation church. The contemporary Christian teaches that traditional doctrines of separation from the evils of the world are to be considered as deadly forms of “legalism”.
2. The contemporary church is characterized by emotionalism and materialism. The contemporary church embraces the idea that what God blesses, God approves. (What a mess!) The Bible is replete with men who were “blessed” seemingly, but were in error and out of communion with God. Saul fell among the prophets; Balaam prophesied truth while secretly desiring the gain of the heathen; Solomon lauded and glorified by a whole generation of Israel, built a kingdom which was destroyed by his own immoral behavior. The Spirit of God was coming upon Samson while he was chasing harlots and pagan women. Even among the chosen disciples of the Lord, one among them was “a devil.” In the final analysis, a prophet is not known by his credentials of power and miracles, but by his love for truth and his reputation of character. Deuteronomy 7:1-2.
3. The contemporary Christian is a conformer to environmental trends and fancies. The contemporary church relates itself to the contemporary environment rather than to the eternal Word. Contemporaries only think of the church and of divine truth as something that is only happening in the tiny little spot in historical moment in time they live in. They simply cannot see beyond the now. They are so eager to relate to “their generation,” they fail to relate to the total scope of church history and biblical truth. We are in the time of the Epigoni! John Chamberlain wrote in the New York Herald Tribune, on May 22, 1960: “A time dominated by the epigoni can never be a time for heroes.” The meaning came from a Greek legend, epigoni meaning off-spring. This is a reference to the sons and successors of the seven against Thebes. Ten years after their fathers died at Thebes, they conquered Thebes, but gave the kingdom away. The meaning is that the successors were not as great as the father. Thus the word, epigoni, comes to stand for the successors of fathers when they have degenerated and are not as great as the fathers. The historical church does not feel it is necessary to conform to the present society in order to meaningfully communicate with them. But the historical church thinks of its need for a right relationship to God as of supreme importance and its relationship to the contemporary environment as effective only when the church’s relationship to God is morally correct. The historical church would destroy sin, judge sin and would prevail over sin before it makes a claim to righteousness. The historical church prefers precept over promise, reform over compromise and God’s judgment to the tolerating of evil triumphing over good.
2 Timothy 4:4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
Truth, the Greek word ALETHEIA, meaning verity, actuality, to not hide or conceal, transparency. This remark of Paul to Timothy is made in Corruption regard to the character of men in the last days. To understand the opening verses of chapter 4, one must begin with verse 1 of chapter 3, “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be…” Paul’s admonition to Timothy is interspersed with revelations of the demoralizers both among men, and finally, here in chapter 4 when he gives his charge in verse 1, he warns Timothy of the demoralizers.
TRUTH FOR FABLE
In verses 1 through 9 of chapter 3, Paul is speaking of the demoralized and the corrupted. Here in chapter 4 he is speaking of the demoralizers and the corrupters. Jeremiah 48:10. What an unbelievable thing, that men would give up the truth of scripture for fables. No wonder they will be judged severely. See Jude.
2 Timothy 4:10 For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia. (Titus 2:12; I John 4:5; Philippians 3:19)
A BEAUTIFUL ENEMY: THE WORLD
We don’t keep them all. Even Paul had to painfully admit he lost a beloved brother to the world. Today Demas might not have had to leave Paul to have the world … he could have just changed churches. in the church. Demas was so close to Paul the apostle and yet forsook that privilege. The love of the world is a strong thing. We need more than the faith of good men around us, even though that helps. We must have a strong faith that is our own. “Having loved this present world, (AION 165)”
Many Greek words are used in the New Testament to denote world.
1. AION, speaks of the age or the course of the world in a very general non-moral sense. It is used in Hebrews 11:3, “The worlds were framed by the word of God.” But also implies as a particular duration of time. Demas apparently had certain loves and ties with his age (things contemporary with him) in the world.
2. KOSMOS, which speaks of the world’s order and beauty. It is the most used term used by Paul, James, Peter and John in their writings in warning the Christian against alliances with the world. It almost seems as though the apostles are telling us that the beauty, the order, the decor of the world in all of its innocence is one of the strongest attractions away from Christ. But after we are pulled into the beauty of it all, we find it to be a trap. John said, “If any man love the world (KOSMOS) the love of the Father is not in him”; Peter warned, “the corruption that is in the world (KOSMOS).” James gave us this ultimatum; that we should keep ourselves “unspotted from the world (KOSMOS).”
3. The third Greek word used is, KOSMIKOS, which is a secondary word for reference to the world and would infer more strongly to the enticements in the world’s environment, the Satanically inspired, selfish man-made system. Titus 2:12, tells us to “deny ungodliness and worldly lusts.” It’s interesting that the word Paul uses here in referring to Demas’s fall from grace is, AION. It seems all three original Greek terms relate to us the fact that sin has so infected the world, 1) Time wise and in its history, 2) The original order of the creation and especially, 3) The man-made system (civilization), that it is all to be rejected and carefully related to. The world and its system (values) will pass away and experience a death of its own. The Christian’s affections and interests should be in those things that are eternal and beyond this present world. The passing world system (KOSMOS) has no complement to make to our pursuit of holiness. As we are to care for the body and not to defile it, to show it proper protection and hygienic attention, so are we to show proper negative regard for the spiritually impure things of the world that remain from the fall. Worldliness is self deification; it is to be world oriented; to be world fashion conscious; to be given to its many passing vanities, trends and fascinations with the new. Bible holiness has no affinity with passing things.
Titus 2:11,12 “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;”
Titus 2:3 (KJV)
3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; 5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. (See 2 Timothy 4:10)
Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
Grace is a teacher, the same as Christ. Make a list of what it teaches in these verses, 11-14. The list you make will bears little resemblance to the things being taught today by the contemporary preachers. Nothing will agree with the lifestyle of the modern Gospel.
Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; 14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
“Saints may have peculiarities of dress, manners and speech, but their main peculiarity is redemption from all iniquity and Christ-like purity and zeal for good works. What a pity to be peculiar in almost everything but for sinlessness, sanctity, zeal and success in all kinds of good works!”
Titus 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
“Here is a positive statement that salvation it not by works, but by mercy, by the washing of regeneration, by the renewing of the Holy Ghost.” Mercy in that He became human to pay the penalty of the law for us – not that the penalty was relaxed or lessened. The Holy Spirit comes to overhaul us, divinely inspiring us to live a righteousness above all the law required! Romans 8:4; See Heart.
Philemon 21 “Having confidence in thy obedience I wrote unto thee, knowing that thou wilt also do more than I say.”
Philemon 21 Having confidence in thy obedience I wrote unto thee, knowing that thou wilt also do more than I say.
Philemon apparently had the abundant love for the Lord and therefore what was required of him was no task because he was much more willing than kingdom law required. Paul sites this in Philemon in the words, “Thou wilt also do more than I say.”