This saying is trustworthy, and I want you to insist on such truths, so that those who have placed their faith in God may be intent on engaging in good works. These things are good and beneficial for all people.
But avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, quarrels, and fights about the law, because they are useless and empty.
So if I’m reading this right, good deeds win out over knowledge of a bunch of facts?
And am I also reading here that quarrels and fights about rules are useless and empty?
As I type this, 3 of my 4 sons are marching around the dinner table singing “If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands.” They don’t know the difference between the Decapolis or Smyrna. They can’t tell you what year Jeremiah hid the Ark of the covenant in Ethiopia. They would think that Calvinists and Armenians were other tribes in middle earth or somebody that Phineas and Ferb would encounter in another dimension (I would agree there).
But the Christianity they are growing up into has created an entire industry based on foolish controversies, genealogies, quarrels, fights about rules and more!
You must not worship the Lord your God the way they worship.
I know that when Moses said this, he was talking about the pagans in the land that they were taking over. He was talking about the people that would bow down to statues and sacrifice their children and stuff.
I just wonder how it applies to us today.
Are we worshipping with our logic and our convincing? Do guys ask me complicated and elaborate questions because that is so easy to do as a substitute for sincere and genuine obedience to Jesus?
What if I was mute, or didn’t speak the local language, would I be able to show people the gospel? Would I even have a gospel if I couldn’t use words?