Persecution Creates False Teachers
Today's reading provides one key challenge that good teachers face. Chaos and persecution will create a host of false teachers -- unsettled times and anxiety make space for a wide variety of explanations as to why
things are so crazy. Some people will offer captivating explanations that will lead many astray from the truth. (Unfortunately, 2 Timothy has a terrible gender bias and believes that women are the most likely to fall victim to this false teaching. Of course, it is equally alluring to men as well as women.)
A good Christian teacher will follow the example of Paul, through steadfastness of example and wise words, sharing the wisdom of scripture and the example of Jesus Christ. And a good teacher will earnestly try to keep others from being deceived by false teachers.
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Reading the Bible in Its Entirety
If you are planning to read the Bible in its entirety, you should read 2 Timothy 3 today.