Posted by: SandreS | October 10, 2009

The Church in Ruins (Brief Thoughts on II Timothy), Part 33

Led Away from Home

For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts (II Timothy 3:6).

Note carefully that the religious system will lead believers “away.” From where will they be led “away”? “Houses!” Why would Paul say this? Because the home is the center of all of God’s earthly plans and purposes, whether God is ministering through Israel or the Body of Christ. The home is the ultimate embodiment of God’s church (the ecclesia). Thus the Pauline expression, even unto the end is, “the church in your house.”

It is also important to note the time frame of which Paul speaks. He was speaking of the “last days” of the Body of Christ here. Paul is showing us that even unto the “last days” the biblical expression of God’s ecclesia is the home! – and a spiritual warfare surrounds the abandonment of this domestic position – this embassy of heaven.

Why do we say that this is spiritual warfare? Because in the context, saints are being “led captive” from “houses.” They are prisoners of war!

So, Paul describes a wholesale abandonment of “the church in your house” in the “last days.” Thus the saints are being led off to the religious system, where they are kept in bondage.

Interestingly, Paul specifically speaks here of the women being led away. This is because women are especially vulnerable to the subtle pull of the religious system. Ultimately, this is not an indictment against the women so much as it is the men, for where are the men in this verse?

If the women can be pulled from the home into the religious system, it is because their husbands are not providing the spiritual leadership that is their responsibility! They are not meeting the spiritual needs of their family.

Does not all of this sound familiar? It sounds like we have heard a similar account in Genesis chapter three. The serpent has come for the woman – to discuss spiritual matters with her, and the man stands there in silence!

(to be continued)

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
Bible Student’s Notebook
© 2001, 2009 Bible Student’s Press

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