Hiding or denying sin is a dangerous business. Those who practice this fleshly activity circumvent God’s gracious work of revealing sin and cleansing them from sin in their hearts and lives. God’s Word warns us if we say we have not sinned we make God a liar and His Word is not in us. God also tells us in the first epistle of John that those who are in Jesus Christ do not sin, and those who sin have neither seen Him nor known Him.
If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His Word is not in us. 1 John 1:10
4Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness. 5And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin. 6Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him. 7Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. 8He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. 1 John 3:4-8
There is a widespread sin that is being practiced by many who name the name of Christ. It is endemic. So many are practicing this sin and are bearing witness that the Word of God is not in them nor are they abiding in Christ. This grievous widespread sin is exposed in 2 Timothy the second chapter.
15Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 16But shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness. 17And their message will spread like cancer. Hymenaeus and Philetus are of the sort, 18who have strayed concerning the truth, saying that the resurrection is already past; and they overthrow the faith of some. 19Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” 20But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. 21Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work. 2 Timothy 2:15-21
This pervasive sin is the widespread acceptance of false teaching and error within the visible church. These deceived workers don’t expose the false doctrine, instead they highly esteem it. They are led astray by Satan and believe that speaking out against error and exposing those who promote it is somehow unloving and unchristian. The Christian faith they profess has nothing to do with biblical faith in Christ. God’s Word to us, in this portion of the Holy Scripture alerts us to the righteous living that Christ commands us to follow. We can follow this wonderful exhortation point by point and so be built up as those who faithfully call upon the name of the Lord out of a pure heart. The first and most obvious way to avoid error and be ready to expose it is to know the truth, the Word of God.
15Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15
God tells Timothy through Paul, that he will be a faithful and true worker for God as he studies, knows, believes, obeys and correctly applies the Word of God. Embracing error is rampant within the visible church because so few truly diligently study God’s Word. Few of the leaders in the church spend fruitful study time in God’s Word, they instead prefer the writings of other men. Therefore those who claim to be believers are ill-equipped to spot error, much less expose and reprove it. The vast majority of teachers within the visible church today are false faithless men who are being used by the enemy to prepare “Christians” for the end time apostate church and allegiance to Satan and the Anti-Christ. The masses of church attenders are being lulled into a false sense of eternal security because they adhere to this teacher or that preacher, not knowing they are being fed a diet of deceit meant to destroy them for eternity. We wake up when we are called by God, remove ourselves from the error and then turn to the only source of truth, the Bible. Since believers are indwelt by the Holy Spirit, we have the resident teacher available to instruct us in God’s Word 24/7. We must avail ourselves of God’s Word, studying it diligently night and day so we can rightly divide it, and the work of the Holy Spirit in our hearts and lives as He applies godly doctrine to our minds and hearts so we are protected from lies and grounded in the truth.
16But shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness. 17And their message will spread like cancer. Hymenaeus and Philetus are of the sort, 18who have strayed concerning the truth, saying that the resurrection is already past; and they overthrow the faith of some. 2 Timothy 2:16-18
Once we are grounded in the godly doctrine of the Bible, we will be able to recognize and turn away from all false teaching. It will make us ill; it is deadly to our souls!! We will recognize those who are teaching error by name and pinpoint the error that they teach because we know the Word of God and are led by the Holy Spirit. Our great love for our Savior and for the souls of men, women, and children will compel us to speak the truth in love exposing the error and names of those who teach contrary to the Word of God about our Savior Jesus Christ and His awesome gospel of grace. Our faith will not be overthrown, but we will with the truth of the Word of God oppose the error and demolish its edifice in the hearts and minds of the deceived.
4For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but might in God for pulling down strongholds, 5casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,… 2 Corinthians 10:4-5
19Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” 20But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. 21Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work. 2 Timothy 2:19-21
Those who are enlightened by the Word of God through the Holy Spirit will confess and turn away from the sin of compromise, error, false teaching, apostasy. They will turn away from ungodly teachers and turn to the sure Word of faith, the Holy Scriptures. They will diligently study God’s Word relying upon Him for understanding, knowing that the Author of this glorious Book Who indwells them will lead them to know and understand what He has written for them. Those who belong to Christ will bear witness to being His precious possession by departing from the iniquity of error and being a grateful lover of His Word to them. They will endeavor to constantly read and listen to His Word alone, and as they are built up on their most holy faith, be approved workers who are set apart for the Master and useful for Him. They will bear fruit in the good works that He has prepared for them to do.
As I stand up for the truth and expose the liars I am always amazed at those who will defend the evil doers or try to reproach me for being an obedient daughter of the King. This sin of accepting error and loving the liars is so deep seated within the visible church that we can expect nothing but further and deeper apostasy from those within this institution bereft of the truth. God calls us to come out of this deceived and filthy entity and to set ourselves apart for His glory and praise as we share the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. This glorious gospel that evil workers constantly misrepresent and distort so that it bears no resemblance to the godly biblical doctrine of our salvation is the truth that we must contend for earnestly! We must repent of error and glorify the God of truth as we cling to His Holy Word! May we with all diligent fear of God repent of the sin of coddling error and be champions for standing strong upon the Word of God, the Bible.
Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. Jude 3