Avoid Strange Teaching, Endless Genealogies, Speculation, And Self- Appointed Teachers Of The Law

As I urged you when I was going to Macedonia, remain at Ephesus so that you may charge certain persons not to teach any strange doctrine, who hold useless speculations,  nor to pay attention to myths and endless genealogies, rather than the administration from God by faith. The purpose of our charge is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith, from which some are departing. having turned to fruitless talk, wanting to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they speak so confidently.

—1 Tim 1:3–7

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  • R. Scott Clark
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    R.Scott Clark is the President of the Heidelberg Reformation Association, the author and editor of, and contributor to several books and the author of many articles. He has taught church history and historical theology since 1997 at Westminster Seminary California. He has also taught at Wheaton College, Reformed Theological Seminary, and Concordia University. He has hosted the Heidelblog since 2007.

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  1. Truly a word in season Dr. Clark…I have a few local friends who constantly talk about ” the 5 points ” and ANYTHING..I mean ANYTHING contra-Arminian…they’re like the ” ghostbusters ” 😉 of Arminianism…This passage is a tonic for this & so many other topis ad nauseum ad infinitum that are incessantly ” discussed ” ( usually in a pejorative fever ). Thank you sir again. Your blog refreshes my heart. Blessings sir.

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