By Robert M. Solomon, Bishop of the Methodist Church in Singapore from 2000 - 2012
PHOTO: Simply getting rid of the opposition would not be the solution because there is a tendency for a leader to descend into politics if he pursues that path.
Paul offers a better pastoral strategy. The solution is not to dispose of the false teachers or those who opposed Timothy, but to challenge their false teaching by the preaching of sound doctrine and being an example of Christlikeness to the flock.
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Think of specific examples of "quarrelling about words". Why is this detrimental to the church? How can this be avoided? Discuss Gary Demarest's point that there is a difference between strife and controversy (refer to page 103-4). How can the church avoid unnecessary arguments while not allowing tolerance that scarifies gospel truth?
It would be a great help if Paul had provided us with some examples of what this involved. There are obviously some important words that Christians differ over and affect belief. It may be necessary to argue over the meaning of these words. Two examples spring to mind: Faith and Predestination. Calvinists are of one opinion and Arminians of another. They cannot both be right! 
PHOTO: There are obviously some important words that Christians differ over and affect belief. It may be necessary to argue over the meaning of these words. Two examples spring to mind: Faith and Predestination. Calvinists are of one opinion and Arminians of another. 
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Nonetheless there are instances where a disproportionate fuss is made about words. The first female bishop to be appointed in England pronounced that God was not male and should not be addressed as 'He'. Well we all know that God is a being unlike ourselves in ways beyond imagining. God is not just a very superior man!
However Jesus taught his disciples to follow his example and address God as 'Father'. So is the bishop going to use the words of Jesus or is she going to change them for the better!
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Libby Lane, named Bishop just before Christmas, married to a vicar, she has spent most of her ministry serving a village parish outside Manchester and is now Bishop of Stockport.
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The new edition of the NIV. References to 'men', meaning all men and women, have been changed to 'people.' When 'he' is used to include men and women it has been changed to 'they'. I think this has been a waste of time. Do we really have to abandon words like 'mankind' for the sake of political correctness.
PHOTO: NIV, references to 'men', meaning all men and women, have been changed to 'people.' When 'he' is used to include men and women it has been changed to 'they'.
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I heard of a Brethren Assembly that appointed a paid man to lead the worship. This did not go down very well with one elderly lady. She said, "We don't want no titles here - no pastors - no ministers - no reverends - all our leaders are elders." I have some sympathy with the lady! But I don't think it matters too much whether a man is called an elder or a pastor.
PHOTO: It doesn't matter whether the leader of the worship is called an elder or a pastor.
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Why is this ("quarrelling about words") detrimental to the church? How can this be avoided?
Handle the Opposition well 
There were false teachers promoting dangerous heresies in the church. Paul had already warned Timothy about them in his first epistle. Apparently, the problem did not go away and could have been the cause of Timothy's "tears" (2 Timothy 1:4) , and Paul had to re-address the issue and urge Timothy to deal with the danger, perhaps with greater boldness and firmness. Was Timothy to get rid of the opposition? We saw earlier Augustine's point about the wheat and the weeds based on the teachings of Christ. Simply getting rid of the opposition would not be the solution because there is a tendency for a leader to descend into politics if he pursues that path.
PHOTO: There were false teachers promoting dangerous heresies in the church. Paul had to re-address the issue and urge Timothy to deal with the danger, perhaps with greater boldness and firmness. Simply getting rid of the opposition would not be the solution because there is a tendency for a leader to descend into politics if he pursues that path.
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Paul offers a better pastoral strategy. The solution is not to dispose of the false teachers or those who opposed Timothy, but to challenge their false teaching by the preaching of sound doctrine and being an example of Christlikeness to the flock. Paul offers a perspective that makes ir clear that those who oppose and stand in our way are also people who need God's salvation. Whatever we do to resist their false teaching must not result in their destruction but hopefully in their salvation.
PHOTO: Paul offers a better pastoral strategy. The solution is not to dispose of the false teachers or those who opposed Timothy, but to challenge their false teaching by the preaching of sound doctrine and being an example of Christlikeness to the flock.
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The true condition of the false teachers and those who followed them was described by Paul. They were caught in "the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive" (2 Timothy 2:26). They were prisoners of the devil who has led them astray, and his intention was to make them captive "to do his will". Those who flee from sin and pursue holiness are those who seek to do God's will. All others, by default, end up doing Satan's will. In other words, one either does God's will or the devil's will. Our sinful self-will and the pull of the worldly crowd all are the devil's will. Whether we are pursuing sinful desires of the flesh or worldly desires of popularity, power, materialism and self-indulgence, we are doing the devil's will. This should be a frightening thought for those who are not doing God's will. Those who think they are free to do whatever they desire are in fact prisoners of Satan.
PHOTO: Those who flee from sin and pursue holiness are those who seek to do God's will. All others, by default, end up doing Satan's will. Whether we are pursuing sinful desires of the flesh or worldly desires of popularity, power, materialism and self-indulgence, we are doing the devil's will. Those who think they are free to do whatever they desire are in fact prisoners of Satan.
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Paul saw those who opposed Timothy's faithful teaching ministry (and thus by proxy, the ministry of Paul) as sinners and captives of Satan who needed to be saved and freed from the clutches of the devil. He hoped that "they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil". It is this perspective that shaped Paul's suggestion of how to handle the opposition.
PHOTO: Paul saw those who opposed Timothy's faithful teaching ministry as sinners and captives of Satan who needed to be saved and freed from the clutches of the devil. He hoped that "they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil".
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Paul warned Timothy that in his fight against false teaching in the church, he should be careful not to become like the false teachers in his method, manner, or motive. If they wanted to fight in the boxing ring, Timothy should challenge them differently - with Christlike kindness. He is not to get into their boxing ring and fight like they do. Paul reminded Timothy: "Don't have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord's servant must not quarrel; instead he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful" (2 Timothy 2:23-24). The word "stupid" is translated from the Greek apaideutos, meaning uninstructed and ill-informed. Meaningless and useless debates are often stirred by those who do not know enough! It seems true that ignorance makes the quarrel louder and that "empty vessels make the most noise".
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Discuss Gary Demarest's point that there is a difference between strife and controversy (refer to page 103-4).
PHOTO: Strife grows out of the need to win an argument, for the sake of winning. Strife is an ego contest with the opponent. Strife is frequently marked by an attack on the other person.
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How can the church avoid unnecessary arguments while not allowing tolerance that scarifies gospel truth?
The Reformation did not first appear in France but in Germany. In 1517, a monk, Martin Luther, denounced the abuses of the Roman Catholic Church in 95 theses that caused quite a sensation. Thanks to the development of printing, the proposals for reform circulated all over Europe. They were readily accepted in France amongst scholars who openly criticised the Church and advocated a renewed reading of the Gospel.
Sadly this was the case when there was mutual slaughtering in the aftermath of the Reformation in the 16th century that led to the bloody Thirty Years War in Europe in the 17th century. The elimination of opponents rather than the persistent teaching of sound doctrine would often led to bloody "catastrophic".
Texts from Introduction to the Reform in the 16th century (Virtual Museum of Protestantism) - http://www.museeprotestant.org/en/parcours/parcours-dinitiation-a-la-reforme-au-xvie-siecle/
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Reflection - Quarrelling about words
By Robert M. Solomon, Bishop of the Methodist Church in Singapore from 2000 - 2012
 The negative qualities of being a good teacher (There are things to avoid - Quarrelling about words), John Reed (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org), http://www.jrtalks.com/2tim/2tim2v14to26.html
 Romans9v1to29: GOD'S SOVEREIGN CHOICE, John Reed (Email: email@example.com), http://www.jrtalks.com/Romans/rom9v1to29.html
 Towner, 1-2 Timothy and Titus, 157.
 Gary W. Demarest, Mastering the New Testament: 1, 2 Thessalonians; 1, 2 Timothy; and Titus, The Communicator's Commentary Series (Dallas: Word Publishing, 1984) 269.
 Ibid. (in the same source mentioned in a previous reference), 249
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2 Timothy 2:14 - https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Timothy+2%3A14&version=NIV
2 Timothy 2:20-26 - https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Timothy+2%3A20-26&version=NIV
2 Timothy 2:23-24 - https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Timothy+2%3A23-24&version=NIV
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