There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true. —Soren Kierkegaard. "…truth is true even if nobody believes it, and falsehood is false even if everybody believes it. That is why truth does not yield to opinion, fashion, numbers, office, or sincerity–it is simply true and that is the end of it" – Os Guinness, Time for Truth, pg.39. “He that takes truth for his guide, and duty for his end, may safely trust to God’s providence to lead him aright.” – Blaise Pascal. "There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily" – George Washington letter to Edmund Randolph — 1795. We live in a “post-truth” world. According to the dictionary, “post-truth” means, “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” Simply put, we now live in a culture that seems to value experience and emotion more than truth. Truth will never go away no matter how hard one might wish. Going beyond the MSM idealogical opinion/bias and their low information tabloid reality show news with a distractional superficial focus on entertainment, sensationalism, emotionalism and activist reporting – this blogs goal is to, in some small way, put a plug in the broken dam of truth and save as many as possible from the consequences—temporal and eternal. "The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those who speak it." – George Orwell “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.” ― Soren Kierkegaard
Thus far the feud of Samson with the Philistines had been wholly of a private nature; but when he learned of his wife’s death, he rushed single-handed among the Philistines and slew so many of them that they came to look upon him as a national enemy. He fled and look shelter among the mountains of the tribe of Judah; and, at that, the Philistines sent a regular army against Judah demanding the outlaw’s surrender.
In their fear of these mighty enemies the men of Judah bound Samson and delivered him to the foe. He permitted this to be done, so as not to involve Judah in his quarrel; but when he stood among the Philistines, he suddenly burst his bonds, seized upon the jawbone of a ass for a weapon and attacked his foes with such terrible strength and fury that the entire army fled before him. A thousand men fell dead beneath his blows. Then he stood alone upon the stricken field and chanted a song of victory.
After that the Philistines ventured no further attack upon Samson or upon Israel; and he ruled as judge over Israel for twenty years.
2:15 Be diligent could also be translated, “Be zealous.” Paul had in mind a zealous pursuit of God’s approval. One way to do this is to make sure we handle Scripture correctly.
2:15 Paul commands constant zeal at the beginning of this verse, which could be translated “Do your utmost.” The good workman will properly handle (literally, “cut straight”) God’s word, rather than twisting it as did the false teachers. The plain, straightforward understanding of the Scripture is to be accepted.
2:15 the word of truth. The gospel (2:8, 9; 4:2).
2:15approved Meaning to consider genuine by testing (1 Cor 11:19).
having no need to be ashamed In contrast to those false teachers who deserve shame.
2:15Do your best, i.e., “Be zealous” (Gk. spoudazō). The believer must zealously pursue God’s approval. One way to do this is to make sure one is rightly handling Scripture, which contrasts with the meaningless disputes of the false teachers.
2:15 Be diligent. This word denotes zealous persistence in accomplishing a goal. Timothy, like all who preach or teach the Word, was to give his maximum effort to impart God’s Word completely, accurately, and clearly to his hearers. This is crucial to counter the disastrous effects of false teaching (vv. 14, 16, 17). accurately handling. Lit. “cutting it straight”—a reference to the exactness demanded by such trades as carpentry, masonry, and Paul’s trade of leather working and tentmaking. Precision and accuracy are required in biblical interpretation, beyond all other enterprises, because the interpreter is handling God’s Word. Anything less is shameful. the word of truth. All of Scripture in general (Jn 17:17), and the gospel message in particular (Eph 1:13; Col 1:5).
2:15 What is approved is what remains after testing, like metals that have been refined by fire. Rightly dividing literally means “cutting straight.” word of truth: Truth defines the nature of Scripture. It is a beacon of truth in the darkness of all kinds of falsehoods. Teachers of the Bible should make every effort to handle His truth accurately. Failure to do so will lead to divine judgment (James 3:1).
2:15. Paul urges Timothy to serve as an example for all believers: Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. In order for Timothy or any believer to present himself at the Judgment Seat of Christ approved to God, an unashamed worker, he must be diligent to teach the word of truth accurately. Doctrine matters. While all believers are accepted, only biblically faithful ones will be approved by Christ at the Bēma. AWANA children’s ministry gets it name from this verse: Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed.
2:15 Timothy should be diligent to present himself approved to God. His efforts should be concentrated on becoming a worker who does not need to be ashamed. This he could do by rightly dividing the word of truth. This latter expression means to handle the Scriptures correctly, to “hew the line,” or as Alford put it, “to manage rightly to treat truth fully without falsifying.”
2:15. As for Timothy, he was to do his best (lit., “be zealous”) to be sure he would meet with God’s approval, a “laborer” (ergatēn; cf. Matt. 20:1, 8) who does not need to be ashamed. Paul had spoken of shame before men (2 Tim. 1:8, 12, 16); far worse is shame before God. Timothy need not fear such shame if he would correctly handle the Word of truth (cf. Eph. 1:13; Col. 1:5; James 1:18), which for him included both Old Testament Scripture and what he had heard orally from Paul. The Greek orthotomounta, “correctly handling,” found only here and in the Septuagint in Proverbs 3:6 and 11:5, means literally “to cut straight,” but just what image Paul had in mind here is uncertain. Stone masons, plowers, road builders, tentmakers, and (least likely of all) surgeons have all been suggested, but a firm conclusion remains elusive. What is clear is that the shame of God’s disapproval awaits those who mishandle His Word.
2:15. Timothy, by contrast, must do his best to present [himself] to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed. Timothy, and all who follow Christ, are to consecrate themselves to God, working diligently for his approval. The teacher whom God approves has no need of shame in his presence.
God bestows his approval on the one who exhibits truth, love, and godliness in daily living, and who correctly handles the word of truth. The false teachers were mishandling God’s words, using them for their own benefit. Timothy was commissioned to handle the words of God correctly. All preaching should present the truth clearly, cutting through erroneous ideas or inaccurate opinions.
The pastor or teacher must acquaint himself thoroughly with Scripture. He should familiarize himself with historical information and the context of the passage, especially when trying to reach back through the centuries to gain an accurate understanding of God’s revelation.
2:15 “Be diligent to present yourself” This is an AORIST ACTIVE IMPERATIVE with an AORIST ACTIVE INFINITIVE. This is a call for a decisive act of the will (cf. Luke 19:5–6; Rom. 6:13).
This term is used metaphorically to cut a straight line. The Word of God is a straight (righteous) path to truth. The word “straight” is an OT construction term taken from the word for a “river reed” which was used to confirm the horizontal straightness of walls, streets, etc. YHWH used this term to describe His own character. It is translated “just” or “right” (and all the related forms). God is the ruler or standard by which all else is evaluated. Apostolic truth reflects God’s character; Apostolic living reflects God’s character. The false teachers fail at both!
15. Timothy’s personal example must serve as a powerful weapon against error: Do your utmost to present yourself to God approved. Timothy must exert every effort so to conduct himself that even now before the bar of God’s judgment he stands approved, that is, as one who, after thorough examination by no one less than the Supreme Judge, has the satisfaction of knowing that the latter is well-pleased with him and commends him (note synonyms in Rom. 14:18 and 2 Cor. 10:18). Now this happy result will be achieved if Timothy is found to be:
a. a workman who has nothing to be ashamed of,
b. rightly handling the word of the truth.
Timothy, then, must be a workman, not a quibbler. His work, moreover, must be such that it does not reflect shame on him and that he does not need to fear that shame will cover him when he hears the divine verdict with respect to it.
This means, of course, that he is the kind of leader who is engaged in “rightly handling the word of the truth.” This word of the truth is “the testimony concerning our Lord” (2 Tim. 1:8), “the gospel” (same reference and see Eph. 1:13), “the word of God” (2 Tim. 2:9). It is God’s redemptive truth. The modifier “of the truth” emphasizes the contrast between God’s unshakeable special revelation, on the one hand, and the Ephesian errorists’ worthless chatter on the other.
The expression “rightly handling” has caused much controversy. It is true that “to cut” is the primary meaning of the main element (the base) of the composite verb from which this present masculine participle (ὀρθοτομοῦντα) is derived. Nevertheless, the view that the composite verb retains either this literal sense or the near-literal sense “divide” (A.V.) is debatable. In a composite verb the meaning-emphasis may shift to the prefix, until in the semantic process the literal sense of the base is lost. Thus straight-cutting begins to mean straight-handling, handling aright. It is not so strange that, by an easy transition from the physical to the moral sphere, some such notion as “cutting a straight road or path” led in the course of time to the exclusively moral use of the term. Thus Prov. 11:5 (LXX) informs us that “the righteousness of the perfect cuts his way straight,” meaning: “keeps his way straight,” causes him to do what is right. Cf. Prov. 3:6 (LXX). Thus it is understandable that here in 2 Tim. 2:15 the meaning is, “handling aright.”
That the base (“to cut”) should lose its original, literal meaning when a prefix (“straight”) is added is not strange. Even without any affix the word “to cut” is frequently used in a non-literal sense. Thus, the Greek speaks of “cutting (taking) an oath,” “cutting (diluting) a liquid,” “cutting (working) a mine,” etc. He also uses the expression “cutting short” (bringing to a crisis), and “cutting the waves,” just as we do today. And compare our idioms “cutting a strange figure,” “cutting droll capers,” “cutting a pack of cards,” etc.
Returning to the composite verb, I would emphasize that the context confirms the meaning which nearly all authorities ascribe to it. In the light of verses 14 and 16 the idea which Paul wishes to convey is clearly this, “Handle the word of the truth rightly instead of waging thoroughly useless word-battles which upset the listeners, and instead of paying any attention to profane, empty-chatter.”
The man who handles the word of the truth properly does not change, pervert, mutilate, or distort it, neither does he use it with a wrong purpose in mind. On the contrary, he prayerfully interprets Scripture in the light of Scripture. He courageously, yet lovingly, applies its glorious meaning to concrete conditions and circumstances, doing this for the glory of God, the conversion of sinners, and the edification of believers.
15. Study to shew thyself to be approved by God. Since all disputes about doctrine arise from this source, that men are desirous to make a boast of ingenuity before the world, Paul here applies the best and most excellent remedy, when he commands Timothy to keep his eyes fixed on God; as if he had said; “Some aim at the applause of a crowded assembly, but do thou study to approve thyself and thy ministry to God.” And indeed there is nothing that tends more to check a foolish eagerness for display, than to reflect that we have to deal with God.
A workman that doth not blush. Erasmus translates ἀνεπαίσχυντον, “that ought not to blush.” I do not find fault with that rendering, but prefer to explain it actively, “that doth not blush;” both because that is the more ordinary meaning of the word as used by Greek writers, and because I consider it to agree better with the present passage. There is an implied contrast. Those who disturb the Church by contentions break out into that fierceness, because they are ashamed of being overcome, and because they reckon it disgraceful that there should be anything that they do not know. Paul, on the contrary, bids them appeal to the judgment of God.
And first, he bids them be not lazy disputants, but workmen. By this term he indirectly reproves the foolishness of those who so greatly torment themselves by doing nothing. Let us therefore be “workmen” in building the Church, and let us be employed in the work of God in such a manner that some fruit shall be seen; then we shall have no cause to “blush;” for, although in debating we be not equal to talkative boasters, yet it will be enough that we excel them in the desire of edification, in industry, in courage, and in the efficacy of doctrine. In short, he bids Timothy labour diligently, that he may not be ashamed before God; whereas ambitious men dread only this kind of shame, to lose nothing of their reputation for acuteness or profound knowledge.
Dividing aright the word of truth. This is a beautiful metaphor, and one that skilfully expresses the chief design of teaching. “Since we ought to be satisfied with the word of God alone, what purpose is served by having sermons every day, or even the office of pastors? Has not every person an opportunity of reading the Bible?” But Paul assigns to teachers the duty of dividing or cutting, as if a father, in giving food to his children, were dividing the bread, by cutting it into small pieces.
He advises Timothy to “cut aright,” lest, when he is employed in cutting the surface, as unskilful people are wont to do, he leave the pith and marrow untouched. Yet by this term I understand, generally, an allotment of the word which is judicious, and which is well suited to the profit of the hearers. Some mutilate it, others tear it, others torture it, others break it in pieces, others, keeping by the outside, (as we have said,) never come to the soul of doctrine. To all these faults he contrasts the “dividing aright,” that is, the manner of explaining which is adapted to edification; for that is the rule by which we must try all interpretation of Scripture.
2:15. Make every effort to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the Word of truth.
In contrast to the false teachers, ministers whom God approves are those who correctly handle ‘the Word of truth’. The idea of ‘rightly handling’ is ambiguous, but seems to imply both proper interpretation and correct teaching. Paul indicates that this requires diligence. Timothy, he says, must ‘make every effort’; he is ‘a worker’. Those who take short cuts in the interpretation and exposition of the Word of God are in danger of God’s censure. The idea of being ‘approved’ means to be approved through testing, to be tried and true (cf. the verbal form in 1 Tim. 3:10). God requires of gospel ministers a faithful, persevering commitment to his truth. Those who fall short will be rightly ashamed when they stand in God’s presence. The honour of God and the salvation of their hearers are at stake.
2:15 / As with similar passages in 1 Timothy (e.g., 1:18–19; 4:6–8, 13–15; 6:11–14), this imperative sets Timothy and his ministry in sharp contrast to the false teachers. They ultimately seek human approval (for the sake of gain; 1 Tim. 6:6–10); Timothy is to do his best (Gk., spoudason; cf. 4:9, 21; Titus 3:12; the kjv translation, “study,” has misled generations of English-speaking Christians) to present yourself to God as one approved (implying “tested and approved”; cf. 1 Cor. 11:19; 2 Cor. 10:18).
The false teachers are workers who will experience “shame” before God because of their errors and sins; Timothy is to do his best to be a workman who does not need to be ashamed. This could (less likely) mean “not ashamed of the gospel.” Most likely it means “not ashamed because he has worked well”; that is, in contrast to the false teachers, he should work so as to have no cause to be ashamed.
The basis for his not being ashamed, again in contrast to the false teachers, is that he correctly handles the word of truth. The word translated correctly handles, which occurs only here in the nt (but cf. Prov. 6:3 and 11:5, lxx), is a metaphor that literally means “to cut straight.” There has been considerable speculation regarding the metaphor itself, as to what kind of “cutting” (wood, stones, furrows) may have been in mind. Most likely the original sense of the metaphor has been lost, and the emphasis simply lies in doing something correctly. Hence the niv is perfectly adequate. Barrett correctly notes that a similar intent, based on a completely different metaphor, is found in 2 Corinthians 2:17. Thus Paul is not urging that he correctly interpret Scripture but that he truly preach and teach the gospel, the word of truth, in contrast to the “word battles” (v. 14) and “godless chatter” (v. 16) of the others.
15 From this discussion of behavior to avoid, Paul proceeds to behavior Timothy is to pursue. He issues the second of the three imperatives and introduces a contrasting profile of ministry approved by God. Two parts characterize this acceptable profile in broad strokes, with the final phrase establishing the narrower concentration on teaching, which is the issue at hand.
First, in contrast to others in view (v. 17), Timothy is to “do his best” to work in such a way that he will stand approved before God. Two characteristic terms in Paul’s thought come together here to describe this counter-goal.21 The first is the adjective “approved” which implies that someone will be carefully assessing Timothy’s work but also here that he is to pass the test. The second is the language of “presentation” that in ethical passages is sometimes used in the sense of “offering oneself as a sacrifice” (Rom 12:1; Col 1:22), sometimes in the sense of “presenting someone before a judge” (Col 1:28; Rom 6:13; 2 Cor 4:14). These senses might merge, but in the absence of cultic language, the latter legal sense seems sufficient. Together the presentation and approval language underscores the fact that one is accountable for what one does and that an account must be given (Rom 14:10). It is noteworthy that the presence of God (in this case to judge) is again invoked (cf. v. 14) to inspire personal responsibility (“[you] present yourself”) and obedience (“approved”); the casualties depicted in both the near and remote contexts of the letter underline the gravity of the command and raise the specter of a failed test.
The meaning of “approved” (having passed the test) is developed further by the next phrase, “a worker who does not need to be ashamed.” The phrase consists of a noun, “worker” and the unusual adjective (lit.) “unashamed.” In Paul’s letters to churches the association of the term “worker” with the church leader or preacher of the gospel is visible through the sarcastic application, with negative adjectives, to opponents (2 Cor 11:13; Phil 3:2) and through the frequent use of the cognate term “fellow-worker.” In view of this background, the purely positive use of the term here, then, marks no great step for Paul to take in this letter to a coworker:26 in 1 Tim 5:18 (see note) the term is loosely associated with the elders by way of the use of the Jesus tradition (Matt 10:10; Luke 10:7), and the “works” language is applied to gospel and church ministry (v. 21; 4:5; 1 Tim 3:1). The adjective “unashamed” occurs only here in the NT but belongs to the “shame” word-group already introduced in 1:8, 12, 16. The point in this passage, however, does not have to do with Timothy’s public association with the scandal of the gospel or its representatives, but with the fact that he will stand before God in confidence of receiving approval for having done his job well.
The final phrase of the sentence identifies the specific activity that in this context is to be the criterion of approval before God as an unashamed worker. In short, Paul’s concern is for Timothy’s teaching. “The word of truth”29 describes the traditional apostolic gospel. In applying this language to the gospel, Paul categorizes its content, the message about Christ as he preaches it, on the basis of its quality and factualness (2 Cor 11:10; 6:7; Gal 2:5, 14). In these letters to coworkers, the gospel as truth is entrusted to the church (1 Tim 3:15) and conversion is essentially one’s understanding and acceptance of the gospel as truth (2:25; 3:7; 1 Tim 2:4; 4:3; Titus 1:1). The polemical intention of this description is apparent from the description of heresy as the rejection of “the truth” (i.e. as falsehood; 4:4; cf. 1 Tim 4:3).
Timothy’s responsibility with respect to “the truth” is set out with a seldom used term that means, literally, “to cut straight.” Its history as a metaphor31 and diversity of application has yielded numerous figurative translations that all take “the word of truth” as the object of the verbal idea: “correctly handle” (TNIV/NIV), “rightly explaining” (NRSV), “keep strictly to” (REB), “rightly dividing” (KJV). As numerous are the interpretations of the imagery that might be implied by the metaphor. In the Wisdom literature, the metaphor described the effect of wisdom or righteousness as the “cutting of a (secure) road” for the upright (Prov 3:6; 11:5), and similar metaphors convey the same sense (Ps 106:7; Prov 2:7; 9:15; 16:25; 20:11). But it is likely that the more graphic element of “cutting” had dissipated, allowing the remaining emphasis in the prefix “straight” (ortho) to reduce the overall meaning to correct action. In our text, the application of the metaphor to Timothy’s action (not God’s or wisdom’s) in relation to “the word of truth” (not to a “road, way”) supports the simplification of the metaphor.34
But an ambiguity remains. Assuming “correct action” is called for on the part of Timothy, is it the action of teaching correctly (accurately) “the word of truth,” or the action of right conduct in conformity with “the word of truth”? While clearly conduct is a significant topic in these letters to Timothy, the immediate context is dominated by speech acts and references to Timothy’s teaching and the false teaching (vv. 14, 17–18). These factors strongly suggest Paul employed the metaphor to underscore the “straightness” of speech (as opposed to inadequate, arcane and deceptive formulations; v. 17) and correctness of meaning (in accordance with the traditional apostolic gospel; cf. v. 18) that were to characterize Timothy’s teaching.
False Teaching Brings Shame on the Teachers
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth. (2:15)
Paul’s second warning about false teaching is by means of contrast. Contrary to such perverters of God’s truth as those mentioned by Peter, Timothy was to be diligent to present [himself] approved to God.
Spoudazō (to be diligent) carries the idea of having zealous persistence to accomplish a particular objective. The diligent believer—in this context, the diligent teacher—gives maximum effort to impart God’s truth as completely, as clearly, and as unambiguously as possible. He gives unreserved commitment to excellence in examining, interpreting, explaining, and applying God’s Word. It is for that reason that “elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who work hard at preaching and teaching” (1 Tim. 5:17).
The purpose of that diligence is not to please others, and certainly not to please oneself, but to present yourself approved to God.Paristēmi (to present yourself) literally means to stand alongside of. The idea in this passage is that of standing alongside of or before God, of presenting oneself for inspection, as it were, in order to be approved by Him. Dokimos (approved) refers to favorably passing careful scrutiny and thereby being counted worthy.
The supreme purpose of the diligent and selfless teacher is to please God. “For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God?” Paul asked Galatian believers. “Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ” (Gal. 1:10). Every Christian teacher and preacher should be able to say, “Just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not as pleasing men but God, who examines our hearts” (1 Thess. 2:4). His greatest desire is to hear his Master say, “Well done, good and faithful servant” (Matt. 25:21). Such a teacher or preacher is a workman who does not need to be ashamed.
The clear implication, especially in light of the following three verses, is that false teachers, on the other hand, have great reason to be ashamed. One dictionary defines shame as “a painful emotion caused by consciousness of guilt, shortcoming, or impropriety.” Another states that it is “the painful feeling arising from the consciousness of having done something dishonorable.” Therefore, unlike a teacher who stands as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, a teacher who propagates falsehood, especially in the name of God and under the guise of Christianity, ought to be ashamed (cf. 1 John 2:28).
It is obvious, though, that those who have the most reason to be ashamed are the most shameless. They are among those Paul speaks of in his letter to the Philippian church: “For many walk, of whom I often told you, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ, whose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things” (Phil. 3:18–19, emphasis added). Those who persist in perverting the gospel are no less than “enemies of Christ.” The most damning indictment of them is from the pen of Jude, who calls them “hidden reefs in your love feasts when they feast with you without fear, caring for themselves; clouds without water, carried along by winds; autumn trees without fruit, doubly dead, uprooted; wild waves of the sea, casting up their own shame like foam; wandering stars, for whom the black darkness has been reserved forever” (Jude 12–13).
It is clear from both the Old and New Testaments, as well as from church history and our own time, that many of the worst false teachers claim to be servants of God. The majority of scribes, Pharisees, and other Jewish leaders of Jesus’ day considered themselves to be the godliest of the godly, as well as the only reliable interpreters of Scripture. Yet Jesus said of them, “You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature; for he is a liar, and the father of lies” (John 8:44).
Even apart from those extremes, anyone who ignores, misrepresents, misinterprets, or detracts from God’s truth by adding to it or taking away from it (Rev. 22:18–19) has reason to be ashamed as well as fearful. Whether consciously or not, those who corrupt and denigrate God’s truth are the spiritual children of Satan. They are purveyors of his abominable lies and are under God’s sovereign and certain judgment.
The mark of a faithful teacher or preacher is his handling accurately the word of truth. Handling accurately translates a participle of orthotomeō, which means literally to cut straight. It was used of a craftsman cutting a straight line, of a farmer plowing a straight furrow, of a mason setting a straight line of bricks, or of workmen building a straight road. Metaphorically, it was used of carefully performing any task. Because Paul was a tentmaker by trade (Acts 18:3), he may have had in mind the careful, straight cutting and sewing of the many pieces of leather or cloth necessary to make a tent.
Sometimes in the New Testament, the phrase word of truth, or message of truth, refers specifically to the gospel. Paul reminded believers in Ephesus, “In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise” (Eph. 1:13; Col. 1:5). James speaks of the Father’s exercising His will in bringing “us forth by the word of truth, so that we might be, as it were, the first fruits among His creatures” (James 1:18). Many other references to God’s truth refer to the full revelation of His Word in Scripture. Jesus doubtless had this broad meaning in mind when He prayed to His Father on our behalf, “Sanctify them in the truth; Thy word is truth” (John 17:17). In any case, Paul’s point here is the same. Every aspect of God’s truth is to be handled accurately, as a sacred trust by those who teach it and by those who hear it.
The careful exegete and expositor of God’s word of truth must be meticulous in the way he interprets and pieces together the many individual truths found in Scripture. The first and most important principle is that of basing doctrine and standards of living on Scripture alone (sola scriptura), a key watchword of the Protestant Reformation.
Because the Bible is God’s inerrant, authoritative, sufficient, and sole source of His divine word of truth, every other truth rests on that truth. It is not that the inerrancy of Scripture is a more important truth than, say, the deity of Christ or the Trinity. But it is only from the truth of Scripture that we can know all other truths. God’s word of truth in Scripture is the source and measure not only of all spiritual and moral truth but of all truth of any sort on which it speaks.
In explaining, and evidently trying to justify, the conception of his first child out of wedlock, a prominent evangelical leader maintained that true marriage with his wife began at that time, rather than at the time of their wedding. That claim, of course, utterly contradicts what Scripture teaches about the unconditional sinfulness of fornication. When the man’s wife was asked how she felt about that “indiscretion” being made public, she added to her husband’s twisting of Scripture by responding, “Well, now I understand the meaning of John 8:32, ‘the truth shall make you free.’ ” The most cursory look at that passage reveals that Jesus was not speaking about the feeling of relief that often comes with having a sin justified. He was speaking about the truth of His divinity and messiahship. He was speaking “to those Jews who had believed Him,” explaining that their knowing and being made free by that truth was conditioned on their abiding in His Word, which would mark them as “truly [His] disciples” (v. 31).
Equally blasphemous was a young woman who posed nude for a pornographic magazine and said the experience had drawn her closer to God. She even claimed the scriptural promise “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you” (James 4:8). The arrogant folly of her statement is made clear in the next half of that verse, which commands: “Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”
It is one thing to genuinely repent of a sin and to have the assurance of God’s forgiveness. It is a different thing entirely to twist God’s Word in an effort to justify the sin. It is one thing for an unbeliever, who makes no claim of godliness, to be unashamed of a sin. It is quite another thing, and immeasurably worse, for a person who claims salvation to be unashamed of a sin, especially when God’s Word is used to defend it.
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We are all equally undeserving, and we are all equally given this gift of GRACE. Praise God that grace is “not fair”!
“But he answered one of them, ‘I am not being unfair to you, friend. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? Take your pay and go. I want to give the one who was hired last the same as I gave you. Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’” Matthew 20:13-15
There’s a line in a song by Relient K that goes “the beauty of grace is that it makes life not fair.”
I read this parable in Matthew 20:1-16 before I became a Christian. Back then, I thought, “How ridiculous! How unfair! The workers who did more work should be paid more!” I didn’t understand God’s grace. Moreover, I didn’t recognize myself: one who had grown up apart from God, and the one in the parable coming late!
If we received what’s “fair”, we would not like the result very much. In truth, when we ask for fairness, often we’re really asking for special treatment. The sins that others commit are often the very same ones that we’re hoping God will overlook.
Romans 5 says this: “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Whether you have been a Christian all your life or only came to know the Lord very recently, God has graciously offered you so much more than you deserve: Eternal life spent in glorious relationship with Him. We are all equally undeserving, and we are all equally given this gift. Praise God that grace is “not fair”!
How has God blessed you lately that is far beyond what would be “fair”?
Father, the gift of Your Son is way more that I could ever deserve. Thank You for everything that You have blessed me with. Your Grace is sufficient for me. Whenever I feel as if I am getting the short end of the stick, help me to learn how to love like You. May the Spirit guide my thoughts and grant me wisdom. May I live my life in grateful surrender. Amen.
This week, intentionally give someone the “bigger slice of pie”. Offer the last seat on the bus, even if you got there first. Be patient with your friend who came late, even though you put effort into coming early. Thank God for the Grace that He has given to you, and extend it to those around you.
“His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness; For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith.” 2 Peter 1:3 and 5
A popular television program in the United States centers around a family being awarded a new house. The choice of the family for this coveted prize is often determined by their sacrificial contribution to the needs of others while foregoing personal comfort, or perhaps because a debilitating physical handicap of one of its members has caused extreme hardship.
After the joy of selection and hearing of their coming good fortune, the family is whisked away for a much deserved holiday at a resort or similar vacation spot. They are told that upon their return, a new and wonderful home will be ready.
But if you have survived a house renovation, you most likely did not go away on vacation during the process. You lived in the midst of the mess. Plastic sheeting was hung to prevent the spread of plaster dust, but amazing amounts of the white film still landed on floors and tabletops. A kitchen re-make often finds us cooking meals on the gas or charcoal grill and washing dishes in the bathtub because promised appliances have not been delivered on schedule.
God is in the business of life renovation. Although our position with Him is complete because of the sacrificial work of Christ on the cross, He continues the re-making process on a daily basis. Often we “and those observing us” would describe the process as messy. But the God who first created order out of chaos in the formation of our world has the same goal in mind for us.
Lord, I admit to preferring ultimate order without the mess. Help me be patient as you work your good work in my life.
The revenge of Samson for the loss of his wife was immediate and startling. He went forth into the woods and captured, perhaps with the aid of friends, three hundred foxes. These he tied together in pairs by their tails, fastening blazing firebrands behind them. Then he turned the foxes loose in the fields of the Philistines, so that the scorched and frightened beasts trampled all the harvest, set it afire, and destroyed it. The vineyards of the city of Timnath were also burned, and the olive orchards.
When the ruined Philistines learned who was the author of all this irreparable mischief, they were furious as Samson had been. Him they could not reach, so in blind rage they turned upon his deserted wife “and burnt her and her father with fire.” Thus the very fate, the threat of which had terrified the unhappy woman into betraying her husband, now actually befell her.
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The American political system based on the separation of powers has held for now against the tyrannical developments that are sweeping away civil liberty in the “free West.” The US Supreme Court deep-sixed Biden’s mandate that employees of private businesses must be injected with the dangerous Covid “vaccine” despite the evidence that the “vaccine” does not protect against Covid but does cause injury and death. The Supreme Court ruled that the president is without statutory authority to issue such a mandate, an obvious ruling as in the US law is the responsibility of Congress.
But outside the US, England, and Sweden the rest of the no longer free West is collapsing into tyranny. Australia puts people in concentration camps. Canada seems not far behind. Germany, Italy, and Austria, the fascist powers of World War II, have completely repudiated, again, the civil liberty of their captive populations. The ruling German nazis want to confine the nonvaccinated to house arrest. The Italian fascists fine those who are not injected with the potentially lethal “vaccine” and suspend without salary public employees who are not injected. An Italian journalist who has not yet been shutdown reports that:
It is now impossible to enter post offices and banks without vaccination.
It is now impossible to go into the shops and do a generic shopping if you are without vaccination: only “necessary goods” but what goods are necessary is decided by the government.
It is now completely impossible to go to the gym without vaccination and a mask.
It is now impossible for those who are not vaccinated to go to the tobacconist’s and buy a newspaper.
It is now impossible for those who are not vaccinated to ski.
It is now impossible for those who are not vaccinated to enter a bookstore.
It is now totally impossible for those who are not vaccinated to use a long-distance train or airplane.
It is now impossible for the unvaccinated inhabitants of an island to arrive in mainland Italy. Sardinia is isolated. Sicily was isolated but its governor had a jolt of dignity and ordered to ignore the government order. The problem remains for the smaller islands and for Venice.
Unvaccinated parliamentarians residing on the islands cannot go to parliament unless they find a private ship to move them.
People queue for the third dose thinking about the fourth, still get sick with covid, recover with difficulty and some of them die. Government is silent.
Hospitals openly reject unvaccinated patients but the judiciary does not intervene. Government is silent.
The Swastika Again Flies Over Austria Austria makes Covid vaccines mandatory
But it is Austria, formerly a part of Nazi Germany, that has gone the furtherest in crushing human freedom. The ruling Austrian Nazis have legislatively passed a law that the entire population of Austria must be injected with the dangerous “vaccine.” See it clearly, the representatives of the people themselves have voted against the people and imposed on the people tyranny.
The British, the country that gave the Western world civil liberty, has abolished Covid mandates, and Austria, a Nazi state that has never done anything for freedom, has made it compulsory for all citizens to submit to the death jab.
The Nazi Austrian government has done this despite the conclusive evidence that the mRNA vaccines do not protect against Covid or its variants, but do inflect death and serious injuries on those who are jabbed.
The only possible conclusion is that the Austrian government is a murderous terrorist government that intends to injure and kill its own population.
Why haven’t the Austrian people risen up and overthrown this tyrannical Nazi government? Why do Austrians submit to being ruled by mass murderers?
Maybe this is a good thing. A population so stupid as to elect a government and to give it the power to injure and kill them has no survival value.
(Art Moore) – Drs. Robert Malone and Peter McCullough will join Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and many other opponents of COVID-19 vaccine mandates at a rally at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., this Sunday. The event, Defeat the Mandates, will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Washington Monument with a march to the Lincoln Memorial.
(Art Moore) – France and Ireland are following England in announcing the lifting of a host of COVID-19 restrictions. The Irish Independent reported Friday that the majority of COVID restrictions in Ireland will be removed by 6 a.m. Saturday, including vaccine passports.
We are in the first month of 2022, and, from every sign, it appears my Democratic friends are determined to stick to their guns when it comes to both their agenda and how they intend to sell it. In other words, America has not heard the last of the Woke Police.
A large rally and march against vaccine mandates is set to take place in Washington on Jan. 23. The event has gained little attention from the media, as many of the featured speakers have diverging views from the established narrative from pharmaceutical industries, big tech companies, and some government agencies. “Americans of every class and color. Democrats and Republicans. Vaccinated and unvaccinated. United we stand. In peace we march,” reads their official webpage. The protestors plan to meet at the Washington Monument at 10:30 a.m. One of the featured speakers, Kevin Jenkins, is the CEO of Urban Global Health Alliance. “Here’s what’s happening. The modern-day civil rights movement is a medical freedom movement,” Jenkins told The Epoch Times. “We are now fighting to save humanity. We’re now not just fighting just to save our race. We’re now fighting to save the species.” Earlier this month on the Joe Rogan podcast, …
On Friday, Bill Maher hosted Journalist and author Bari Weiss on his show “Real Time with Bill Maher” to have a discussion about COVID-19 and the unwavering hysteria surrounding it.
During the interview, the former New York Times writer, who is now on Substack, slammed school closures and the crippling restrictions that have been forced through by way of public health measures as a ‘catastrophic moral crime.’
Weiss began her rant by defiantly declaring that she is ‘done with covid!’ Apparently she has taken part in all of the recommended rituals throughout, but, as she points out, nothing has worked the way people have been told
The hysterics surrounding this virus are “ridiculous at this point,” she concludes.
“We were told you get the vaccine, you get the vaccine and you get back to normal. And we haven’t gotten back to normal. And it’s ridiculous at this point.
‘I know that so many of my liberal and progressive friends are with me on this and they do not want to say it out loud because they are scared to be called anti-vaxxed or to be called science deniers or to be smeared as a Trumper.”
Somewhat surprisingly, the traditionally left-leaning crowd burst out into raucous applause after she made her point.
Are enough people finally waking up for this shamdemic to finally end?
Bari Weiss and Bill Maher have come a long way from even just a year ago.
Weiss, though, is seemingly on the fast track right now. She recently even turned in her resignation to the New York Times because, as she put it, “a new consensus has emerged in the press, but perhaps especially at this paper: that truth isn’t a process of collective discovery, but an orthodoxy already known to an enlightened few whose job is to inform everyone else.”
Oscar-winning actress Goldie Hawn on Friday discussed the heavy political activism of Hollywood, stating that she likes to “stay in her lane” when it comes to politics and believes entertainers should strive to “serve” and perform “for all people.” SiriusXM host Megyn Kelly broached the subject with Hawn during her Friday show. “I think it’s why it drives people crazy when Hollywood tries to act holier than thou and starts lecturing middle America about morality and so on,” Kelly said. “And you know, these people sitting in Iowa who have never done any, they’ve never tried to put someone on a casting couch … They’re like, you could save your lectures for somebody else.” “ That’s right, exactly,” Hawn agreed. “And the idea that … I do have a feeling about keeping — Okay, how do I say this?” “A lot of Hollywood has a lot of missions, right?” the actress said. “And you know, you want to put your name onto something that you believe in, but it doesn’t make a difference.
In a move the West would without doubt see as a huge political provocation, there’s a push among pro-Kremlin lawmakers to formally recognize the independence of the war-torn, Russian speaking region from Ukraine.
Further, such an action would likely trigger the biggest flare-up in fighting since 2014 and 2015. Reuters reports additionally that “Russian-backed separatists in east Ukraine would expect Russia’s army to fight with them against Ukrainian government forces if Moscow follows through on a parliamentary proposal to recognize their independence, a pro-Kremlin lawmaker said on Thursday.” Should parliament move forward with such a proposal, it would be subject of Vladimir Putin’s approval, and for now might remain among “options on the table” for dealing with the crisis.
President Biden’s marathon two-hour press conference Wednesday was an exercise in self-delusion.
The reality of American voters’ lived experience of his presidency is evident in his plummeting polls after a hellish first year of self-inflicted crises, from Afghanistan to inflation to illegal migration.
And yet the president declared to the world that he is doing a tremendous job and has “achieved more than any president in history.”
He blamed Republicans for any stumbles, despite the fact that his party controls the White House, the House and the Senate.
Only a couple of things would he do differently, he said. He would seek advice from “academia, editorial writers and think tanks.” That will really give him the pulse of the American people.
And he said he would get out of Washington, DC, more often, although he has spent more than a quarter of his time as president goofing off in one or the other of his Delaware homes.
“I have not been out in the community nearly enough … I don’t get the chance to look people in the eye … let them take a measure of my sincerity.”
The British Medical Journal criticized Covid-19 vaccine manufacturers for ‘reaping vast profits’ without proper independent scrutinyHidden summary:
The British Medical Journal (BMJ) has urged public health regulators and pharma majors to immediately release all raw data from Covid-19 vaccine trials for independent scrutiny, arguing that “complete data transparency” was a matter of “public interest.”
Branding Big Pharma as “the least trusted industry,” a recent op-ed by BMJ editors stated that it was “morally indefensible” that this information remains inaccessible to doctors, researchers and the public, despite the global rollout of vaccines and treatments.
In the scathing editorial, the writers – senior BMJ editor Peter Doshi, former editor-in-chief Fiona Godlee and her successor Kamran Abbasi – accuse pharmaceutical companies of “reaping vast profits without adequate independent scrutiny of their scientific claims.”
At least three of the many companies making Covid-19 vaccines have past criminal and civil settlements costing them billions of dollars. One pleaded guilty to fraud. Other companies have no pre-Covid track record.
In particular, the editorial collective calls out Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca for not providing “timely access” to “anonymized individual participant data” from their clinical trials. This granular data is available to regulators like the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which told a judge last month to give it 75 years to publish all data relating to the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
But the BMJ said Pfizer – whose trial was “funded by the company and designed, run, analyzed, and authored by Pfizer employees” – has indicated that it will not entertain data requests until May 2025, a full two years after the primary study is completed.
This lack of access to data is “consistent across vaccine manufacturers,” the editors write, noting that the industry is not “legally required” to honor requests from independent researchers.
Further, they point out that regulatory bodies like Health Canada and the European Medicines Agency do not even “receive or analyze” trial data, whereas the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency does not “proactively release” such info.
“The purpose of regulators is not to dance to the tune of rich global corporations and enrich them further; it is to protect the health of their populations,” they concluded.
Tucker Carlson on Friday drew connections between vaccine mandates and Nazi medical experimentation.
“I thought that American physicians agreed that compulsory medical care was unethical,” he said.
His remarks came as a federal judge struck down the Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
Tucker Carlson on Friday drew a connection between COVID-19 vaccine mandates and Nazi medical experiments in concentration camps.
“After watching what the imperial Japanese army and the Nazis did in their medical experiments, I thought that American physicians agreed that compulsory medical care was unethical, it was immoral, and it could never be imposed on anyone. When did we forget that?” Carlson said, in an interview with anti-vaxxer Dr. Robert Malone.
Between 1939 and 1945, the Nazi regime carried out dozens of medical research projects involving human subjects who were held as concentration camp captives. At least 7,000 people are known to have been subjected to these medical experiments.
Tucker Carlson compares vaccine requirements to medical experiments done by Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan pic.twitter.com/HjHZPr2LDI
The ruling is the latest setback for President Joe Biden’s push for more vaccinations. Biden in September announced the requirement for federal employees, aimed at mitigating the then-rampant Delta variant. Biden also instituted mandates for large employers and healthcare workers.
But Republicans immediately pushed back against the mandates — and they’ve found success in the courts while trying to limit Biden’s orders. Last week, the Supreme Court blocked Biden’s vaccine-or-testing mandate for private companies with over 100 employees.
Carlson isn’t the only Fox host who’s made comparisons between the US response to the coronavirus pandemic and the Nazi regime.
In November, Fox Nation host Lara Logan likened Dr. Anthony Fauci to Josef Mengele, who conducted medical experiments on Auschwitz prisoners.
She said “people across the world” have told her Fauci doesn’t “represent science” but “represents Josef Mengele, the Nazi doctor who did experiments on Jews during the Second World War and in the concentration camps.”
“Because the response from COVID, what it has done to countries everywhere, what it has done to civil liberties, the suicide rates, the poverty, it has obliterated economies,” Logan added.
Based on the extensive claims and enclosed documentation, we charge those responsible for numerous violations of the Nuremberg Code, crimes against humanity, war crimes and crimes of aggression in the United Kingdom, but not limited to individuals in these countries.
Prime Minister for the United Kingdom BORIS JOHNSON, Chief Medical Officer for England and Chief Medical Adviser to the UK Government CHRISTOPHER WHITTY, (former) Secretary of State for Health and Social Care MATTHEW HANCOCK, (current) Secretary of State for Health and Social Care SAJID JAVID, Chief Executive ofMedicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) JUNE RAINE, Director-General of the World Health Organisation TEDROS ADANHOM GHEBREYESUS, Co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation WILLIAM GATES III and Co-chair of theBill and Melinda Gates Foundation MELINDA GATES, Chairman and Chief executive officer of Pfizer ALBERT BOURLA, Chief Executive Officer of AstraZeneca STEPHANE BANCEL, Chief Executive Officer of Moderna PASCAL SORIOT, Chief Executive of Johnson and Johnson ALEX GORSKY, President of the Rockefeller Foundation DR RAJIV SHAH, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) DR ANTHONY FAUCI, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum KLAUS SCHWAB, President of EcoHealth Alliance DR PETER DASZACK
Victim(s): THE PEOPLES OF THE UNITED KINGDOM
Hannah Rose – Lawyer and human rights activist
Dr Mike Yeadon – Qualified life science researcher with a degree in biochemistry in toxicology, and a research-based PhD in respiratory pharmacology, former Vice President and Chief Scientist of allergy and respiratory research at Pfizer