Thoughts From 1 Timothy

St Paul

St. Paul

3 As I urged you when I went into Macedonia—remain in Ephesus that you may charge some that they teach no other doctrine, nor give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which cause disputes rather than godly edification which is in faith. Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith,    1 Timothy 1:3-5

 

There are only two commandments that Jesus gave to His disciples and us, both regarding love:

Jesus Smiling34 But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. 35 Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” 37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’[d] 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”  Matthew 22:34-40

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genealogyAlso, Paul’s warning against genealogies is prophetic when one considers the Mormon preoccupation with them. From the official Mormon web site:

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints use family history records to perform sacred temple ordinances, for their kindred dead if these deceased family members were unable to perform the earthly rites themselves.  That gives deceased ancestors the opportunity to accept these ordinances in the afterlife.

Jesus teaches us through the parable of The Rich Man and Poor Lazarus that our eternity is sealed once our bodies die.  There are no earthly rites, pre or post death, that provide salvation.  There is only one means of securing our eternity in heaven with God and fellow believers in Christ:

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.  John 14:6

Quite succinct with no room for argument.

As for genealogies: we’re all descended from Adam and Eve.

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salvation…the law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, 10 for fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine, 11 according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God which was committed to my trust.    1 Timothy 1:9b-11

For those who believe that Christians are homophobes and gay haters, because God denounces homosexuality, God does not approve of any sexual misconduct, whether heterosexual or homosexual.

It isn’t a matter of hate, but of love. People were made to operate within certain guidelines.  The list of aberrations listed above are not correct operations of human beings per their Maker.  He would have us forego the pain of improper behavior, both on earth and in eternity.  God desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

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Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy…    1 Timothy 4:1-2

St Pauls Ground ZeroAmerica started as a Christian nation, but we have obviously lost our way as a country. George Washington began his presidency at St. Paul’s Chapel in New York City.  This building still stands at Ground Zero, the only building there not to have suffered any damage.  At all.  Not so much as a broken window.  From the History Channel website:

George Washington PrayingAfter delivering his address, Washington walked up Broadway with a group of legislators and local political leaders to pray at St. Paul’s Chapel. Later, he made the humble and astute observation that his presidency, and the nation itself, was an experiment.

In the 21st Century we ban God’s law from our courthouses, persecute Christians while promoting Muslims, call evil good and good, evil.  We sooner believe in salvation from the cosmos in the form of enlightened aliens than the Son of God.  We say God doesn’t exist while entering into pacts with Satan.

Nothing good has or ever will come from any of this.

20 O Timothy! Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge— 21 by professing it some have strayed concerning the faith.  Grace be with you. Amen.

1 Timothy 6:20-21

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