“Whoever teaches in any other way, not holding to the sound doctrines of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching proper to true religion, should be recognized as both conceited and ignorant, a sick man in his passion for polemics and controversy.” —1 Timothy 6:3-4
We humans enjoy controversy. It’s hard to get on TV or noticed on social media unless you say or do something controversial. Even in religion, denominations denounce one another, Protestants protest, and Catholics pontificate. We thrive on the polemics of politics, talk shows, and online editorials.
God calls this attitude “sick” (1 Tm 6:4). Our society’s passion for controversy indicates conceit and ignorance (1 Tm 6:4), “in a word, the bickering of men with twisted minds who have lost all sense of truth” (1 Tm 6:5). This sinful attitude results in “envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions” (1 Tm 6:4). God tells us to “flee from all this. Instead, seek after integrity, piety, faith, love, steadfastness, and a gentle spirit” (1 Tm 6:11).
“Keep reminding people of these things and charge them before God to stop disputing about mere words. This does no good and can be the ruin of those who listen” (2 Tm 2:14). “Never act out of rivalry or conceit; rather, let all parties think humbly of others as superior to themselves” (Phil 2:3).
Prayer: Jesus, deliver and heal me from the sickness of enjoying controversy.
Promise: “In no way can a man redeem himself, or pay his own ransom to God.” —Ps 49:8
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