Regarding So-Called “Christians” Who Are Willingly Troubled In Mind
Outline By: Brian A. Yeager
“(3) If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; (4) He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting [sick; of any ailment of the mind; to be taken with such an interest in a thing as amounts to disease, to have a morbid fondness of (Thayer; Strong’s # 3552)] about questions and strifes of words, where of cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, (5) Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself” (I Timothy 6:3-5).
“(8) This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men. (9) But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain. (10) A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject; (11) Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself” (Titus 3:8-11).
“(14) Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers. (15) Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (16) But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. (17) And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus; (18) Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some” (II Timothy 2:14-18).
Š Why can’t the unstable be taught (II Peter 3:15-18; cf. James 1:8)?
Š What must be done to them (Matthew 7:6, Matthew 10:14, Acts 13:44-51, I Corinthians 5:1-13, II Thessalonians 3:6, and II John 9-11)?
Christians must learn to control the mind (Proverbs 16:3, Isaiah 55:6-9, Romans 12:1-3, II Corinthians 10:5, Ephesians 4:22-23, Colossians 3:1-2, and I Peter 1:13).
Š We should not be an anxiety filled people (Psalms 127:1-2, Proverbs 12:25, Proverbs 15:13, Proverbs 17:22, John 14:1, Philippians 4:6-8, II Timothy 2:3-4, and I Peter 5:6-7).
Š God’s people should have a peace of mind (Psalms 29:11, Psalms 85:8, Isaiah 26:3, II Corinthians 13:11, Galatians 5:22-23, and Colossians 3:15).
Š Who doesn’t have peace (Isaiah 48:22 and Isaiah 57:19-21)?
Š Christians should be a people of joy (Psalms 13:5, Psalms 144:15, Romans 5:2, and I Peter 1:3-9) rather than mental anguish (Proverbs 15:15).
Then, when such a troubled person cannot even get past his or herself to love their brethren, there is no hope for them to love God (I John 3:14, I John 4:7-8, and I John 4:20-21).
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