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Friday, January 31, 2014

Trojan Horse Enemies of the Church (Insights)

Before reading these insights, I encourage you to do the Bite Size Study "Trojan Horse Enemies of the Church--Beware Satan Bearing Gifts."

Bible Study 

1. How does Paul's charge to Timothy in the verses below speak to the problem of false philosophies in the Church: 

2 Timothy 4:1-4: In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: 2 Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. 3 For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.

Paul charges Timothy to be prepared to preach "in and out of season." We might say, "whether the truth of God is popular or unpopular."

Very often Satan's twisted explanations sound appealing--like gifts. That's because most false philosophies appeal to our fallen human nature. They focus on our desires, not God's. They keep us from honest self-evaluation and require little or no sacrifice. They make our lives easier, not holier. And they diminish true worship and service to God. 

2. As we'll see in future studies, many "Trojan Horse" philosophies are based on half truths and Scripture taken out of context or twisted to have a different meaning. The verse below charges us to avoid this in the only way possible. What are some practical ways you can improve your handling of God's Word? 

2 Timothy 2:15: Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. 

You may wonder why this verse shows up in so many Bite Size Bible studies. Knowing and correctly handling God's Word is the foundation of genuine faith. It's essential for our growth as Christians and our understanding of the True and Living God.

copyright 2013, Gail Burton Purath, BiteSizeBibleStudy.com
All Scripture NIV unless otherwise noted

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