Vain Discussion. Theological Crusaders. Morons Like Us. (1 Tim 1:5-7)

"The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. Certain persons, by swerving from these, have wandered away into vain discussion, desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make confident assertions." - 1 Timothy 1:5-7

The point of Paul's teaching is love. Love. And yet there are those who study the word so that they can teach the word, and they don't realize the whole point is love. Love.

There are more than a few people who have wandered away from good teaching and instead have become caught up in vain discussion. I'm fascinated by how many people I know who come out of reading a book, or a seminary class, or whatever, and lose the whole point. Instead of them better chasing Christ — loving Christ — they instead chase foolish controversy or vain discussion. I myself am not above this, I have been caught up in the very same thing.

In almost every situation, or especially theological arguments, both sides of both arguments have much smarter and more knowledgable people than you or I. But we make confident assertions without understanding. This is fine if we're playing a game like RISK, and we're foolishly speaking confidently about a winning strategy. But this is life, eternity, and the love of Christ we should be preaching, it is not a simple game void of eternal consequence.

What is the aim of your charge? A few more Calvinists? Converting a church to congregationalism? The color of the walls in the sanctuary? Whether or not the pastor should be using notes, or the band drums?

Or is it like Paul who says, "The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith."

Mmmmm.... Sound teaching. Love. Sincere faith.