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Know What You’re Talking About

In his letters to Timothy and Titus, Paul warns the young pastors about those teaching false doctrine.

Even in the early church, people made up their own truth instead of sticking to God’s truth. Paul talks of deceivers, those who turned to myths and got distracted by meaningless debates. These few can ruin the faith of many; their teaching spreads like gangrene. “They want to be teachers of the law, but they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm,” Paul writes in 1 Timothy 1:7. And in Titus 1:11, “They must be silenced, because they are ruining whole households by teaching things they ought not to teach.”

We must be able to recognize and refute false doctrine. We can’t be good witnesses if we don’t know – and subsequently teach and live – what God’s word says.

“You must teach what is in accord with sound doctrine,” Paul tells Titus in Titus 2:1. And in 1 Timothy 4:16 he instructs, “Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.”

Know what your talking about. Salvation is at stake.

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