Avoiding Vain Babbling

16 Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly. 17 Their teaching will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, 18 who have departed from the truth. They say that the resurrection has already taken place, and they destroy the faith of some. 2 Timothy 2:16-18

Hymenaeus and Philetus erred in their doctrine of the resurrection. Another translation of “godless chatter” is vain babblings. The key to this is being able to recognize when heresy is being preached. In Bible-believing, Spirit-filled churches, leadership should catch and root out such errors quickly. Most in the congregation should be able to recognize it too.

But Satan is the great deceiver. He can still worm his way into well-meaning churches. As the Day of His Appearing approaches, Satan will put on a “full court press” to deceive even more believers. He doesn’t let up just because we’re saved. In fact, we should experience more attacks the closer we get to God.

Walking close to God is a two-edged sword, so to speak. We get the blessings from a close relationship, but we will be heavily attacked. Fortunately, the God of the entire universe is right at our side during those attacks.

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