QTVOTD: Avoid those who only appear righteous on the outside.

“[They will be] treacherous [betrayers], rash, [and] inflated with self-conceit. [They will be] lovers of sensual pleasures and vain amusements more than and rather than lovers of God.  For [although] they hold a form of piety (true religion), they deny and reject and are strangers to the power of it [their conduct belies the genuineness of  their profession]. Avoid [all] such people [turn away from them].” 2 Timothy 3:4-5 [AMP] -> me:  Here in chapter 3 Paul start to describe the moral decline that will come.  I am reminded of Romans 8:21 where Paul talks about the bondage of decay and corruption; this is the course of events, over and over again, that we can expect in this fallen word before Jesus returns.  Paul is telling Timothy to watch out for these shallow, shell of religiosity, people he will run into…that they look pious on the outside but their motives are earthly focused; focused on their sensual desires, love of money, and love of themselves.  They have no interest in the Power of the Gospel, they only operate in the scope of shallow righteous living in order to serve their own needs.  I believe that Paul is telling Timothy to be on the watch for these types of people and not only turn away from them but to also not allow them into church membership.  The sobering final thought in verse 9 is that these people will not get far operating this way as ultimately, their rash folly will become obvious to everyone.

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