There are three interesting aspects to this passage in 2 Timothy. It appears to be merely another “list of vices” common to Paul’s writings. However, here we have a list of 18 or 19 (depending on how you read them) vices that:
Characterize evil leaders and teachers working within and preying upon the church.
Signal people that Timothy, as a good leader is to avoid. Timothy is basically instructed to not even actively oppose them because…
They will be clearly exposed all on their own.
One of the biggest problems in the church in any age is false teaching and the wolves that come to prey on weak believers. However, maybe the best way to counter these attacks is not to fight the wolves directly, but rather to teach good, solid, Biblical doctrine. To disciple people correctly so that such lies and evil doers will be recognized and ignored in the church, rather than followed and glorified.
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