what is falsely called knowledge


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what is falsely called knowledge

1 Timothy 6:20-21 (JDV)

1 Timothy 6:20 Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you, avoiding irreverent and empty speech and contradictions from what is falsely called knowledge.

1 Timothy 6:21 By professing it, some people have missed the faith. Favor be with you all.

what is falsely called knowledge

The knowledge Paul referred to here was probably philosophical Gnosticism — the word in Greek text being γνώσεως. However, there are many types of assumed knowledge today which will derail a person’s pursuit of faith in Christ. If one does not take pains to learn the truth of the Bible, what is falsely called knowledge will destroy any loose threads of belief or religious sentiment.

That knowledge may come from the classroom, but it also may come from the video screen, the radio, or books in all their various forms. Just about the only thing which ties modern media together is its ability to cause doubt and mistrust. That feeds into the devil’s purpose for knowledge. He wants us to know everything about everything — except the gospel.

That is why missions leader Paul instructs his missionary Timothy to guard what had been entrusted to him. Timothy had to censor his own education, staying away from “irreverent and empty speech and contradictions from what is falsely called knowledge.” If he did not do so, those words would no doubt leak into his own cistern, and pollute it. Then he would be leading others away from the faith.

LORD, give us the wisdom to learn everything we need to know, without losing the most important thing: faith in the gospel.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at marmsky@gmail.com -- !
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