Committing unto Faithful Men

In writ­ing to Tim­o­thy, Paul instructs Tim­o­thy to pass on what he has learned to “faith­ful men” (2 Tim­o­thy 2:2), men who not only are redeemed by the mer­cy & grace of God but who have also shown them­selves to be upright & full of integri­ty, will­ing to tell “the truth, the whole truth, and noth­ing but the truth,” with­out con­cern as to whether it offends those ears which just want to be tickled.

It seems nowa­days any­one (even women!) can go to sem­i­nary, get a degree, and start lead­ing a church (err, sor­ry, “Chris­t­ian gath­er­ing”), as if it were a career like unto com­put­er pro­gram­mer, busi­ness man­ag­er, or nurse.

I can­not help but won­der what Paul had in mind when he told Tim­o­thy to give spe­cial instruc­tion to faith­ful men? What then is with­held from “unfaith­ful” men?

Would under­stand­ing the dif­fer­ence have helped church­es keep the­o­log­i­cal wimps out of the pulpit?

Just won­der­ing. Paul would­n’t have said it if it was not important!

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Rick Beckman