1 Timothy 6:20-21 O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen. The first to Timothy was written from Laodicea, which is the chiefest city of Phrygia Pacatiana.
Oh, Paul, how applicable is this passage to us in our present day. Science is defined as the intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behavior of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment. Sadly, today, science has been prostituted for a political end. Modern science has become a process of proving one’s pet hypothesis at any cost. In many cases, fraudulent science is being used in a vain attempt to disprove the Word of God and even explain away the very existence of God. As believers, we know this process to be a vain one. False scientists are twisting facts, ignoring data and falsifying evidence to build a house of cards which, on its face, is so silly a five year old with a little logic can see through it. Yet, so many around us are falling for these lies. I believe if Paul were alive, today, he would certainly preach against these things, but would possibly openly mock them. Yet we believers sit idly by, tolerating these false scientists. Some, claiming to be believers, send their children off to centers of education where the children are indoctrinated with these lies and turned away from God. How sad is the state of our church.
1 Timothy 6:17-19 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.
Earlier, we saw that one should not seek after wealth. That the love of money is the root of all evil. However, does that mean that all who are wealthy are evil? Of course not! We need only read the daily news and watch as stock and commodity prices bounce from record highs to record lows in a day’s time to see that one cannot trust in wealth. However, God does use wealth and gives wealth to those who have demonstrated themselves to be trustworthy. The first thing we must remember is that all we think we have is not our own. What we have has been entrusted to us by God to manage for His glory. Yes, we may toil at a job to “earn” our income. But, in fact, it is only because God chooses to give us breath that we are able to work! When one accumulates a little wealth, he must remember that there is only one task at hand. He must remember that he is to be “rich in good works” or generous. Yes, that means giving some of the wealth away that others may see the mercy of God through his life. By being generous, he is showing the Lord that he is trustworthy, building a foundation upon which God can bestow more wealth. This concept must not be confused with the modern “prosperity gospel” which promises wealth and high living for the giver. No. this doctrine teaches that one who gives will be trusted with more, but more to give – not more to build a stock portfolio or bigger house with.