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PERILS TO THE SOUL

Unless you are in the insurance profession the word “peril” is a word you probably do not use often.  Merriam-Webster defines the word peril as “exposure to the risk of being injured, destroyed or lost.”  Paul warned Timothy (2 Tim. 3-4) that perilous times were coming and while many of these perils are obvious there are some perils that we may unintentionally overlook:

1.  Doctrines of Men.  “now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith” (3:8).  The Egyptian magicians resisted Moses by imitating his works.  Satan is the great imitator. What God does, he counterfeits, forcing us to distinguish between truth and error.

2.  Prejudice.  “But they will progress no further, for their folly will be manifest to all, as theirs also was” (3:9).  One who judges before he knows the facts is prejudiced.  Some students searched the Scriptures and rejected the truth, while the Bereans searched the same passages and received the truth (read John 5:39; Acts 17:11). How can the same act (studying the Bible) produce such different results?  The first group was prejudiced; the other, honest.

3.  Desire to Please Men.  Paul warns Timothy that God will judge him (2 Tim 4:1), and therefore he must continue to tell people what they need to hear, whether they like it or not (vs 2).  One of Timothy’s greatest problems would be the “itching ears” of those who demand something besides the truth (3-4).

4.  Ignorance of God’s Word.  Paul reminded Timothy that “knowledge of the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation” would be his guide to avoiding the perilous times ahead (3:15).  God’s word may not always be pleasing to our ears, but if we will allow it, God’s word will correct us when we have wandered off onto a perilous
path that exposes us to the risk of being “injured, destroyed or lost”.

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