Right now, the women in my church are doing a study based on the book of Titus. Nancy Leigh DeMoss (now Wolgemuth) and Mary Kassian teamed up to create True Woman 201: Interior Design, and the thoughts they’ve expressed in that book have inspired me to continue to dig deeper, search for wisdom from God, and avoid worldly influences. One quote from this morning’s reading especially struck me. They were discussing an applicable verse from II Timothy:
For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth. II Tim. 3:6-7
Here’s the quote: “The women mentioned in II Timothy 3 were always learning. The reason they were taken captive by false teaching–and were unable to “arrive at a knowledge of the truth”–wasn’t due to lack of information. It was due to a lack of holy desires. . . . If you are unprepared to live the way God wants you to, chances are, you’ll reject sound teaching and will simply gravitate toward teachers who will tell you what you want to hear.” (p. 31)
I think I had previously been under the impression that the women in II Timothy were uneducated girls hanging out at the house, ready to hear whatever gossip or new ideas could come there way. But Paul says that they were “always learning.” They weren’t totally clueless. They chose to “suppress the truth in unrighteousness,” as Paul talks about evil people doing in the last days. (Rom. 1:18) And it’s the same way with us. Sometimes we don’t want conviction. We don’t want to hear that what we’re doing is wrong. So we Google search until something pops up that agrees with our viewpoint. (Just imagine if those ladies in Timothy’s church had had access to the Internet!) We want to believe that God’s will for our lives is for us to be financially prosperous? Voila! There’s an abundance of teaching that will validate that greed and make it sound even halfway godly! We want to believe that God’s will is that we stop making people feel uncomfortable by sharing the gospel with them? Voila! Let-them-be teachers and hyper-Calvinists are happy to accommodate our desire.
May that not be the kind of Christian woman who represents the church of Christ, though. May we not suffer from a “lack of holy desires.” May we be eager to learn and submit to the TRUTH, to apply it to our own lives, and to discern what is true and what is worthless.
For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. [BUT] As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
II Timothy 4: 3-5