Imagining that godliness is a means of gain

Teach and urge these things. 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, he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain. But godliness with contentment is great gain, 1 Timothy 6:2b-6

It disturbs me when I read another account of some so called preacher making the news because they are being investigated for financial malfeasance. They have been on TV spending most of their time begging with viewers to send in money. Make a donation and they will pray for you. They ride around in luxury cars, fly in private jets and live in enormous estates. While their followers just scrape by.

While this seems like something new it has been going on for almost two thousand years. In today’s verses Paul warns Timothy to be on his guard against those that preach Jesus for their own gain. With the internet and TV it is more noticeable but most likely not more prevalent. The problem is not that they get rich it is that in almost all cases they are not preaching the Gospel of Christ. They twist it a little and in many cases are preaching heresy. When they preach a false gospel they lead others away from Christ and those people become lost.

Now don’t take this wrong, there is nothing wrong with a pastor who is well off financially. And, there is nothing wrong with them being rich as long as they are preaching the one and only gospel of the New Testament. If God feel led to reward them in this life as well as the next that is His business.

We must always be discerning when it comes to the Word. We need to compare what is preached from the pulpit to what God says in the Bible. If they agree then stay but if they disagree run. Too many people get rich by preaching a watered down gospel in order to not offend anyone. Then as they try to continue to not offend they stop preaching Christ’s Gospel and start preaching man’s.

There are so many popular pastors who lead large churches while never compromising the Gospel that we never need to follow those who would teach another gospel. And there are thousands of pastors leading small churches that also refuse to compromise the Gospel of Christ.

Have a blessed day,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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