False teachers can be known by their financial pursuits.
There are times when scripture requires a greater effort to study, and times when it does not. Times when we need to parse and explain, and times when we simply need to accept it for it’s plain truth. We need to experience it’s sufficiency…it’s “enough-ness” (yes…I just made that up).
False teachers were of prime concern to Paul during the times of the early church, and they out to be of prime concern for the church today. Especially teachers who view the gospel as a means to financial gain. I’ll let Paul speak:
“If anyone teaches false doctrines and does not agree with the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, he is conceited and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions and constant friction between men of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain.
But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith an pierced themselves with many griefs”- 1 Timothy 6:3-10.
Because Scripture is enough:
- False teachers are conceited and understand nothing (similar to what Paul wrote in 1 Timothy 1:3-7)
- All false teachers care about is controversies and the meaning of words, which leads to envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions and friction
- These men used to possess the truth, but now they’ve lost it, the ultimate manifestation of this is their pursuit of money
- Godliness with contentment is great. We will leave this earth with the same thing we brought into it: nothing
- False teachers who chase money are trapped because their own selfishness takes over
- They are not on their own in their deception but lead others to destruction by their false teaching because they are only consumed with finances.
- Their pursuit of money is at the root of their evil- they will lie, manipulate and deceive to get it, discarding relationship after relationship in its vanity and meaninglessness
- These people have wandered from the faith and are filled with grief
Soon, what godly teachers do.