Warnings to Christians and Their Leaders
Warnings to Christians and Their Leaders
3 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, 4 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, 5 and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain. 6 But godliness with contentment is great gain, 7 for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. 8 But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. 9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs. (1 Timothy 6:3-10 ESV)
Authentic Christian teaching is exclusive to the Bible and promotes godly lives.
MeadowBrook’s people and platforms must not stray from living and teaching God’s word. 27 I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God. 28 Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood. 29 I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; 30 and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them. 31 Therefore be alert…. (Acts 20:28-31 ESV)
We cannot measure MeadowBrook’s preaching and teaching success by the number of people showing up, but how those people are transforming in godliness from the word of God.
Disingenuous teachers promote untruths for personal gain.
Paul lists the identifiable marks of a false teacher (v. 4):
- He is puffed up with conceit.
- He lacks understanding.
- He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and quarrels.
The character of such a person is the opposite of Christ Jesus, who is full of truth, humility, and love.
Such leadership produces envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, 5 and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain. (1 Timothy 6:4-5 ESV)
The false teachers downplay or deny the power of the gospel alone to transform people. Instead, they proclaim spiritual access comes to those who heed their teachings, regardless of whether they align with the teachings of Jesus Christ and Holy Scripture.
What is the motive of the false teacher? Demons empower the false teachers' deceived hearts to propagate errant teaching (4:1), and they are motivated by personal gain.
Godliness and contentment are marks of authentic Christianity and Christian leadership.
But godliness with contentment is great gain. (1 Timothy 6:6 ESV)
People richly gain when they are content with their salvation and God’s provision.
Give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me, 9 lest I be full and deny you and say, “Who is the LORD?” or lest I be poor and steal and profane the name of my God. (Proverbs 30:8-9 ESV)
A godly person lives for the glory of God and to make his goodness known. Therefore, she is content, having learned to trust in the loving and gracious provision of God the Father.
Marriage contentment isn’t dependent upon life's circumstances; it depends on the sacred love and surrender to one another. Godly contentment is similar. Christian contentment is a living expression of trust in Christ regardless of circumstances—richer or poorer, for better or worse, in sickness and health.
Godliness is gain.
Greed is loss.
- A desire for riches will bring temptation and entrapment.
- A desire for riches will plunge you into ruin and destruction.
- A desire for riches will cause you to love money above all.