Silly Weak-Natured Spiritually Dwarfed Women
We started the discussion on Doctrine and Renewing the Attitudes of Our Heart with Titus 2:3-5 and we left off with 2 Timothy 3:6-7 which I posted in several versions. Here are two of them again.
2 Tim 3:6-7
6 For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions,
7 always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth. ESV
2 Tim 3:6-7
6 For among them are those who worm their way into homes and captivate silly and weak-natured and spiritually dwarfed women, loaded down with [the burden of their] sins [and easily] swayed and led away by various evil desires and seductive impulses.
7 [These weak women will listen to anybody who will teach them]; they are forever inquiring and getting information, but are never able to arrive at a recognition and knowledge of the Truth. AMP
Remember those weak, silly, gullible, weak-willed, weak-natured, spiritually dwarfed women we talked about? Hope you’ve had some time to think about these verses over the past month. None of us would want the Lord to call us any of those names.
Paul seems rather harsh here, but Paul’s writings are inspired by God. That is what God told him to write. However, many women have issues with Paul. I’ve even heard women in the church bad mouth Paul saying he hated women while the preacher just let it slide by. Paul doesn’t hate women. Paul has equally harsh things to say about men. Just women tend to let their emotions cloud everything they hear. In 2 Timothy 1:5 Paul even commends Timothy’s mother and grandmother for their teaching of Timothy as a child.
2 Timothy 1:5 I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well.
So we need to strive to not be weak women but commendable like Timothy’s mother and grandmother. We need to not let ourselves be taken captive by false doctrine.
So who creeps into households to make captives?
All we have to do is look backwards to see to whom Paul is referring.
2 Timothy 3:2-5 (ESV)
2 For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,
3 heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good,
4 treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,
5 having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.
Paul then says in verse 6 that among the above listed people are those who worm their way into homes to make captive weak women.
2 Timothy 3: 6 For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions,
Most of those descriptions in 2 Timothy 3:2-4 are very easy to understand.
Lovers of self
Lovers of money
Disobedient to their parents
Unappeasable, (greedy, Ravenous, like teenage boys at supper time…)
Not loving good,
Swollen with conceit,
Lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of god,
These are those who worm their way into households capturing weak women.
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