Posted by: SandreS | October 11, 2009

The Church in Ruins (Brief Thoughts on II Timothy), Part 34

Led Away with Divers Lust

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

The Adversary accomplishes this captive-leading from the home through religious “lusts.” They are “led away with diverse lusts.” We know that these lusts are “religious” because verse six does not end with a period, but with a comma: “…led away with diverse lusts, ever learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” The lusts here are for knowledge – religious knowledge.

Does this sound familiar again? Satan came to Eve with the temptation of knowledge from the “tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” With the husbands’ silent abdication of their God given responsibility, the wives are drawn as “silly” “groupies” to these organized religious knowledge-fests. Alas, after all their “learning” they are “never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

In fact, women are so strongly affected by these lusts, or passions, that become emboldened to disregard the plain teachings of Paul (I Corinthians 14:34-35; I Timothy 2:11-15), and begin taking leadership roles, even teaching the Scriptures themselves in these systems!

(to be continued)

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

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