2 Timothy 3:5 Index
"Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away."
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"Having a form of godliness . . . "

  • That is, the external characteristics of religion, such as church attendance, church gifts, and even personal service for the church. This characteristic applies specifically to those who identify themselves with Christianity. (7BC 342)

" . . . but denying the power thereof . . . "

" . . . turn away . . . "

  • Paul counsels Timothy and all future leaders to be alert to the dangers confronting the church. Besides a personal vigilance lest he succumb to the evil practices here described (2 Timothy 3:2-5), Timothy was to point out publicly these insidious tendencies and practices, which were curtailing the influence of Christianity. Through the years the behavior of nominal church members, that is, those who profess loyalty to God's way of life and yet reveal no tangible evidence of a development in Christlikeness, has been a grater handicap to the progress of the gospel than any other factor. (2 Corinthians 2:14; 2 Corinthians 2:15; 2 Corinthians 2:16; 1 Timothy 4:16; 2 Peter 3:12). (7BC 343)
  • Those who love pleasure may keep up a form of godliness, but they have no vital connections with God. Their faith is dead, their zeal has departed. They feel no burden to speak a word in season to souls who are out of Christ, and to urge them to give their hearts to the Lord. (The Youths’ Instructor article "Words to the Young," April 23, 1912).