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!