Paul admonishes Timothy to avoid people who reject God’s power in their lives, while trying to fit in with God’s people. This comes after a long list of the type of person who will exist in the polarization of the last days. Paul’s point here is that those who love themselves over everything else may seem to be this foreign and bizarre monster that we might immediately recognize as a threat, but it takes a bit of discernment to see them for who they truly are. These people hide in plain site by attending religious events, using religious phrasing, and taking part in religious sacraments. But their liturgy lacks any power. They may even be in your congregation. The proof for godly living is not religiosity. It is a heart that is transformed and bearing the fruit of the Spirit in how it loves God and men. Those whose religiosity makes them separated from God’s truths, scripture and Jesus, or lifts them up over their brothers and sisters, should be avoided with prejudice.
Published by Josh McGary
MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy. https://sleek.bio/joshmcgary View more posts