Paul’s Unpopular Teaching in Today’s Church

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What Paul said to Timothy in 2Tim.2:3-7 is not a popular thing to say in church today. Think about it, how many Christians today would want to share in suffering as a good solder of Christ? Wait a minute, do we even know that we are soldiers of Christ, called to fight invisible spiritual battles against invisible spiritual enemies and that Jesus is the Captain of the hosts? The impression we often give people today is that Jesus is ALWAYS & ONLY the Lover of our souls who calls us to be His precious precious children. Not wrong, but it’s only half the truth. Half truths produce half-baked Christians. We have been misled to think that being a Christian is merely about being a child of God. We are not just a people of love, we are a people of power too! Paul went on to say, “no soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him” (v.4). Oh this is so hard today because we are so entangled in civilian pursuits or everyday life. So many amongst us in the church want the exact same things non-believers want in life and our aim seems to be to please ourselves! Sometimes you can barely tell the difference between a Christian and a non-Christian whether in the workplace, school or neighbourhood. Competing according to the rules (v.5)? Well, not every Christian likes to be told what to do. We prefer the freedom bit In Scriptures, not the rules bit. Huge theological issues we have! The hard-working farmer gets the first share of the crops (v.6) – I beg your pardon, have we not been told by popular preachers today that Christians live by grace and to work hard as a Christian is pure legalism? Well, maybe these preachers didn’t read the whole Bible, but we must.

2Tim.2:3 Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4 No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him. 5 An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. 6 It is the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops. 7 Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.

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