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How to Resist False Teaching

June 10, 2013 Leave a comment

Yesterday, it was my pleasure to preach the concluding text of 1 Timothy in Aberdeen, MS. This is now the second book of the Bible I have preached through, and it is bittersweet to have finished 1 Timothy. 1 Timothy is a book rich with application for believers today, and a central theme of 1 Timothy is how to resist false teaching (which Shai Linne has recently written an awesome song about). Indeed, Paul not only begins this book with a warning about false teachers (1:3-11) but also concludes this book with a similar command (6:20-21). What Paul does in 1 Timothy 6:20-21 is give Timothy and us three ways to resist false teaching:

  1. Resist false teaching by guarding the deposit of the precious gospel (v. 20).
  2. Resist false teaching by avoiding what is falsely called knowledge (vv. 20-21).
  3. Resist false teaching by relying on God’s grace  (v. 21).

You can listen to my sermon on 1 Timothy 6:20-21 here. You can see all the sermons I’ve preached on 1 Timothy here. May God bless the proclamation of his word!

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The Sinfulness of Sin

June 4, 2013 Leave a comment

In their Puritan Theology: Doctrine for Life, Joel R. Beeke and Mark Jones conclude their chapter, “The Puritans on the Deceitfulness of Sin,” with the following poem by John Bunyan on the sinfulness of sin (which they take from an 1871 edition of The Complete Works of John Bunyan).

Sin is the living worm, the lasting fire;
Hell seen would lose its heat, could sin expire.
Better sinless in hell, than to be where
Heaven is, and to be found a sinner there.
One sinless with infernals might do well,
But sin would make of heaven a very hell.

Look to thyself then, keep it out of door,
Lest it get in and never leave thee more.

Fools make a mock at sin, will not believe
It carries such a dagger in its sleeve;
How can it be, say they, that such a thing,
So full of sweetness, e’er should wear a sting?
They know not that it is the very spell
Of sin, to make them laugh themselves to hell.

Look to thyself, then, deal with sin no more,
Lest He who saves, against thee shuts the door.

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