1 Timothy 1:5-7 Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned: From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling; Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.
As we start to wade in to Paul’s warning to Timothy, we immediately see one of the major problems of Timothy’s time. We know of the Pharisees of the day. Jesus called them “whited sepulchers full of dead men’s bones,” and a “generation of vipers.” There was a day when the Pharisees were the men of God. The standards they had to meet were certainly high enough. Among other things, they had to memorize the first five books of the Bible. They knew the Word of God/ In fact, they were the Biblical scholars of their day. They did not merely know the Bible, they could recite the Law to you. Yet, they lacked in one area. Knowing the Law of Moses, they lacked charity.
In the Word of God, charity has more to do with love than with giving. Biblically, one who has charity is one who loves to the point that he gives of himself. The first problem Paul is warning Timothy of is the problem of a lack of charity or a lack of love. From the beginning, the Law was not intended, by God, to be a heavy weight, as such. God never intended to keep people in bondage. God’s intentions for the Law was that it would be a tool He would use to show people their need for salvation. God would use the Law to show people they need to be saved.
Here Paul is warning Timothy to be careful. There are people around him who have turned away from charity, which would have them lead people to God. Instead of teaching the values of the Word of God and their need for salvation, the leaders have turned to jangling – making a lot of noise in debate. They are teaching and debating.
Debate is an easy trap for all of use to fall into. We all want to be right and we all want to prove that we are right. What we must realize is that it is the hand of God which will change the heart of man. Our words will do nothing. We, in our flesh, will never motivate another soul to be saved. Moreover, those whose heart is set upon debate have a heart motivated by pride. It will not be long before a debater will begin to think he is something. We see the path of those who debate in Romans 1, and the path ends in God giving the person over to a reprobate min. /82