Points to Ponder about Weak Women and Creeping Creeps

1. What characteristics listed in 2 Timothy 3:2-5 are issues which you struggle with?

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.

 

 

2. Have you known people who appeared godly and yet broke and revealed they were just hollow shelled “Christians” who had an appearance of godliness without the power?

 

 

3. Have you known false teachers in the church (even the church at large) who have tried to take away the weak with false teaching? What are some ways in which you guard yourself and your family from falling for these false teachers?

 

 

4. Are you a “weak woman” tossed about by every wind of doctrine that comes your way?

 

 

5. What are some false doctrines that you have fallen far? Are there other false doctrines that you’ve recognized and were able to spot the false teaching by being Berean?

 

 

6. What doctrines do you see a need for more Biblical understanding and teaching on?

 

 


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8 thoughts on “Points to Ponder about Weak Women and Creeping Creeps

  1. Weak women and creeping creeps?

    Sounds like a recipe for losing one’s faith, if possible.

    If we cannot be diligent in the Word and prayer, we will be carried about by x, y and z.

    Focus on God and His word. Question the question, which is what I have told my children for years.

    God bless.

    Berean Wife Reply:

    Dora,

    Those creeping creeps do want to lead astray weak women, and if possible completely from the faith into a false religion of works. However, we know the Lord will keep His own but not always without a time of testing, trials or even discipline if needed to change weak women into strong Christ focused women.

    We can not test what we hear unless we are grounded in God’s Word.

    Berean Wife

  2. I have been dwelling on 2 Timothy 3:5 for some time now. I came to repentance and turned to Christ after marriage. So as a new and unlearned believer, I convinced my husband to come to church with me. Now I find myself married to a false convert. I’m familiar with I Peter 3 and try (not perfectly but it is always at the forefront of my mind) to live this out so that he might come to repentance. We have two children and my concern is that they will witness hypocrisy more than a love for Christ. And though I think it would be beneficial for my children (boys) to be able to have fellowship with other believers, they also suffer for being in this family that is “avoided” to some degree. Which leaves just me to be their teacher and Christ-like influence. Just curious that if you were in my shoes, could you paint a word picture of what your days or actions might be so that I may consider what I may be lacking? I desperately want each of us to have Jesus as Lord and Savior. Thank you.

    Berean Wife Reply:

    Stacy,

    I’m not really sure what you are asking. But hopefully this helps.

    First of all 2 Timothy 3:5 doesn’t apply to your spouse. You are given 1 Peter 3 and 1 Corinthians 7:10 – 16 which deal specifically with unbelieving spouses. We can’t judge if someone is a false convert or not, we can only judge according to their actions and not according to their heart. If your husband’s actions do not appear to be in line with Scripture then you need to be praying for the Lord to either save him or bring him to repentance.

    Second you need to make sure your faith is a Biblical faith and not just man made rules. There are many churches which add to the Bible requirements that are not sin issues. Make sure your doctrine is sound.

    Your family needs to be in a sound Biblical teaching church where God’s Word is preached constantly and thoroughly. The Lord uses His Word and the Holy Spirit to convict us of our sins. Having your husband in a sound church will aid in his hearing the gospel. But often husband who aren’t truly believers will choose churches which appeal to the flesh instead Scripture. if that is the case then you need to surround your family with as many godly families as possible. Invite them over for supper, have a game night, etc. True Christian families aren’t going to avoid unbelieving families or mixed families although they may limit the time spent and maybe very cautious with the influence of your children with their children.

    Your children need sound Biblical teaching poured into their lives constantly. But don’t use it as a way to make your husband out to be the bad guy though. Work hard on the children’s character and behavior so that they don’t become stumbling blocks to other families’ children which might lead some to avoid your family.

    The Lord knows what is going on with your family and none of this catches Him by surprise. Your children are growing up in the family God planned for them. All things work together for the good of those who are called by the Lord. (Romans 8:28) You just are responsible for your obedience to the Lord and He is responsible for the rest.

    Berean Wife

    Stacy Reply:

    Thank you. Anyway, I do train and teach my children and pray with them while my husband is at work or out of the house. I am not sure if I need to keep these things between me and them privately? For example, when my husband is home, do we continue to forgo praying (at meals and such) unless he initiates it, and only read God’s Word when he is gone since it is not read when he is home, and only talk about the glories and wonders of our Lord while he is at work since he never speaks of these things? I do try to avoid bringing shame to him (or appearing as the spiritual leader) in front of the children or others. I am just not sure how much abandonment we should practice in front of him so as to give him the opportunity do these things when he is ready or interested.
    And because this is the situation in our home, when believing families do come to visit, they and I struggle with conversing about Christ without the conversation turning to worldly things.
    Thank you for your insights and advice.

    Berean Wife Reply:

    Stacy,

    I don’t want this to sound harsh but this is the first thought that came to my mind when I read your comment today.

    Who is being a hypocrite here?

    See from what I understand your husband is acting out of the condition of his heart, correct? He is not leading a Bible study in the home and yet addicted to porn. He is not trying to seem to be something he isn’t.

    However, what are you doing? You are being one person when your husband is gone and another when he is there. My humble opinion is that will adversely affect your children more than anything your husband is doing.

    Why not pray for meals? Is there a Biblical command that says only the husband may pray for meals?

    Why not read the Bible? Do you not read other books at home when he is there? Why not then read the most important book? Who knows but just maybe reading the Bible aloud is what the Lord will use to convict your husband.

    Maybe he never mentions the glories and wonders of the Lord because he honestly doesn’t see it. Why not reveal them to your husband?

    There is nothing that says absolutely every conversation must be about Christ. Christ should be the overriding thought in believers minds but there is nothing wrong with the men discussing car repair or that lawn mower that breaks continually. Nor is there anything wrong with the women discussing a new recipe book or the trouble with teaching handwriting. But if Christ and the Bible do come up discuss it and include your husband if he wants.

    I would suggest apologizing to your husband for being a hypocrite and living life different when he is gone than when he is there.

    Man-made rules are those ideas that unless the husband leads in prayer the family shouldn’t pray. Unless the husband leads in Bible study the family shouldn’t study the Bible. That is not a Biblical concept. If your church teaches that, then I would seriously question it.

    Now the Biblical instruction is to respect your husband. So if you have the attitude “Well, daddy should be doing this but until he does I have to.” then you are not being respectful.

    But there is absolutely nothing that says you cannot teach your children Bible, pray with your children or must wait around for your husband to get onboard, he may never. You may wait until the children are grown and loose many opportunities.

    Berean Wife

  3. As a new believer, I used to do these things in front of my husband but it occurred to me some time later that maybe “without a word” meant for me not to. But that has not been beneficial. You’re right, I will apologize for being a hypocrite. Please pray for God to open my eyes to His will. Thank you.

    Berean Wife Reply:

    Stacy,

    Here is some commentary on “without a word”.

    Spurgeon –

    Could any men be won to Christ without the Word? Yes, it was even so in the apostle’s day. When they refused to attend the little Christian meetings that were being held, and so could not hear what was there said, yet, at home, they saw the change that the gospel of Christ had wrought in their wives, and they said, “She is quite different from what she used to be. Certainly, she is a far better wife than any heathen woman is; there must be something in the religion which can make such a change as that.” In this way, without the Word, many of them were won to Christ by the godly conversation of their wives. (1 Peter 3 Commentary)

    John MacArthur –

    So how do you win an unsaved partner? By living an exemplary Christian life. Just that simple, just that simple. Whether you are in the government, seeing yourself as a citizen. On the job as an employee. In the home as a marriage partner. The role is always the same, you submit to God’s ordained pattern for that social relationship, and you live it out to the maximum to please God. And God will honor you as a testimony wherever you are. (1 Peter 3:1-7)

    Typically “without a word” is said to mean without a word of nagging, debate or rebuke from the wife. But that would not mean that you do not pray or read your Bible in the course of your day. You live out your Christian life in submission to the Lord and then in submission to your husband.

    Berean Wife

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